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ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program

Continuing the American Library Association's commitment to diversity, the ALA Office for Diversity began sponsorship of a Diversity Research Grant program in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference.  Three grants are awarded each year.  Please review the information below on grant criterion and past and present recipients.

NEWS: 2007 Diversity Research Grants Awarded!

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity is delighted to announce the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2007. Each year the Office for Diversity and the Diversity Research Grant Jury identify three areas of scholarship where research is needed, typically one proposal is chosen from within each topic for a total of three awards. The 2007 Topics were:

Due to a lack of submissions under one topic, three grants were awarded under only two topics this year. Please review the Recipients page for more information on this year's Diversity Research Grant recipients.

Diversity Research Grant Recipients

Grant Timeline

Description of Awards

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference.  One proposal will chosen from within each of the year's topics for a total of three awards.  Grant recipients will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association. 

Submission Guidelines

Persons submitting a proposal must be a current member of the American Library Association.  If you are not presently a member of ALA but wish to submit a proposal please visit the Membership Website for more information on the benefits of joining ALA. You will be required to supply your membership ID number with your proposal.  Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the year's designated research topics will be fully considered. 

A complete proposal must include the following:

  1. A cover letter with name, primary contact information, topic under which the proposal should be considered, and ALA member ID of the researcher(s).
  2. A concise abstract of the project (no more than 200 words).
  3. Description of the project (of no more than 5 pages in length) detailing:
    a. Justification and needs for the research project
    b. Research objectives
    c. Design, methodology and analysis of the project
    d. Expected outcomes and benefits
  4. Budgetary plan and timeline, including other sources of support sought for the project.
  5. A one-page vita for each of the researchers involved in the project.

Electronic submissions are preferred.  All proposal elements should be collated and should be submitted in a single Word document attachment via email to diversity@ala.org.

The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30th.

Proposal Evaluation Criterion

Once a proposal has been deemed both complete and clearly in fitting with the research topics, it will be evaluated on the following criterion:

Diversity Research in the News

Honoring Excellence - Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honorees

As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Office for Diversity annually honors an individual for "Achievement in Library Diversity Research" with a plaque and complimentary annual conference registration.  If you would like to nominate an individual for this honor, please submit their name, contact information and a short description of their recent research accomplishments to diversity@ala.org. Nominations received prior to April 30th each year will be considered.


For questions about information appearing on this web page or for more information on any of the Office for Diversity programs, please direct comments to diversity@ala.org!

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