Many associations and organizations offer grants to encourage LIS students' attendance at conferences and to support student research. Read about these opportunities below. Application requirements and deadlines vary. Since many of these grants are given annually, those with deadlines that have passed are included here for your future planning.

See also a list of available scholarships.


American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

Legal History and Rare Books Section Morris L. Cohen Award

Conference travel and stipend. Annual. Spring.

American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program Sponsorships

Annual. July 31.

American Library Association (ALA) Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)

Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Conference travel. Annual. March.

American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT)

Justin Winsor Prize

Essay award. Winter.

American Library Association (ALA) New Members Round Table (NMRT) 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Conference travel. December.

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) Margaret McKinley Memorial Student Scholarship Essay Competition

Annual. July 1.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Conference Travel Award

Conference travel awards. January.

Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL)

Conference attendance.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Gerd Muehsam Award

Conference travel award. November.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) Ilene F. Rockman Conference Scholarship

Conference travel. December 1.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference Attendance Scholarships (several awards)

Conference attendance. March 30.

California Library Association (CLA) Access, Collections, and Technical Services Section (ACTSS) New Leader Award

Conference travel. June.

Chinese American Library Association (CALA) C. C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship

Conference travel. Award year varies.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship

Conference travel. January.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) LIS Student Writing Award

Conference Travel. Spring.

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) / Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Annual. February 28.

Medical Library Association (MLA) Rittenhouse Award

Annual. Fall.

Medical Library Association (MLA) Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona Research Grant

Annual. September 15.

Middle East Librarians Association George Atiyeh Prize Competition

Conference travel. Fall.

Music Library Association (MLA) Freeman Travel Grant

Conference travel. July.

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Conference Student Grant

Conference travel. February.

Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) Miriam Braverman Award

Conference travel. Spring.

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) Gale Cengage Student Travel Award

Annual. January 31.

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award

Conference travel. February.

Society of California Archivists (SCA) Mink Scholarship

Conference travel. Check website for dates.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Business & Finance Division Awards

Annual. March 1.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Chemistry Division Marion E. Sparks Award for Professional Development

Annual. March.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Engineering Division Inspec Stipend Award

Annual. March.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Museums, Arts and Humanities Division (MAHD) William B. Neff Scholarship

Conference travel. Winter.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) News Division Vormelker-Thomas Student Award

Conference travel. Spring.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Division Student Travel Award

Conference travel. Check website for dates.