Diversity Research Grant
Award and Frequency
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2500 award to support a one year original research project and complimentary registration for one conference in conjunction with a presentation of findings at ALA Annual Conference or the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. The principal investigator submitting a proposal must be a current member of the American Library Association, it is not required that all project personnel hold membership. 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.
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.
Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. The principal investigator submitting the 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. A complete proposal must include the following:
- A cover letter with name, primary contact information, and ALA member ID of the researcher(s).
- A concise abstract of the project (no more than 200 words).
- 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
- Proposed budget and timeline (no more than 2 pages), including other sources of support sought for the project. Download the suggested budget and timeline worksheet template (doc).
- A one-page vita for each of the researchers involved in the project.
All proposal elements should be collated and should be submitted in a single (.doc or .pdf) attachment via email to email@example.com. Proposals must be received by April 15.
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Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. Once a proposal has been deemed both complete and clearly in fitting with the Diversity Research Program, it will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- 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. Staff training, general operating or overhead expenses, and other indirect costs are not funded and should not be included in the budget request.
- 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.
Proposals are accepted each Spring, with a call for proposals announced in December. Grant recipients will be notified and announced each year in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference.