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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:

  • Diversity Within Diversity – Intersections of Identity
  • (Re)envisioning Multicultural Librarianship and Pedagogy
  • Ten Years of Transformation – Spectrum's  Impact as a Model for Diversity Initiatives

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

  • The 2007-2007 Diversity Research Grant recipients are conducting their grant-funded research from the summer of 2007 through the summer of 2008. They will present their findings in conjunction with the ALA 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.
  • Topics for the 2008-2009 Diversity Research Grants will be announced in the Fall of 2007. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2008.
  • 2008-2009 Recipients will be announced prior to the ALA Annual Conference in June 2008. 

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

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:

  • Contributions - The project contributes to the original, conceptual and/or practical knowledge of diversity in LIS.
  • Professional Impact - The project has the potential of impact on diversity research and practice in the LIS profession.
  • Sustainability - The project has the potential for encouraging further research in diversity in the LIS profession.
  • Adaptability - The project can be adapted by libraries of similar interests or concerns.
  • Design - The project is designed to effectively carry out the proposed work.
  • Management Plan - There is a cohesive plan for managing the project effectively, as reflected in the managerial aspects of the project, such as the division of labor, timeline and institutional support.
  • Budget - The proposed budget for the project is appropriate in terms of amount and usage.
  • Personnel - The principal investigator(s) has the credentials to successfully carry out a research project, based on his/her prior involvement in diversity work.
  • Evaluation - The project includes an outcome-based evaluation component.
  • Cooperation & Dissemination - The researcher(s) demonstrates a commitment to working with the American Library Association to publicize and disseminate his/her project.

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 Nominations received prior to April 30th each year will be considered.

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