Diversity Research Grant

About the Diversity Research Grant The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

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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. 

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

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.

Application Instructions

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:

  1. A cover letter with name, primary contact information, 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. 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).
  5. 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 diversity@ala.orgProposals must be received by April 15.

Contact Information

Twanna K. Hodge (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Gwendolyn Prellwitz (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018) - gprellwitz@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-5048
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

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:

  • Need for Support (relevance to the DRG program goals): measureswhether or not the research will be undertaken without this support and how the project is original and addresses gaps in the conceptual and/or practical knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion in LIS.  

  • Need for Research (professional impact): measures the potential of impact on diversity research and practice in the LIS professional.

  • Project Design (effectiveness): measures if the project is designed to effectively carry out the proposed work. Note staff training, general operating or overhead expenses, and other indirect costs are not funded and should not be included in the budget request.

  • Sustainability (adaptability): measures if project has the potential for being expanded upon in the future and/or encouraging further research in diversity in the LIS profession. Also measures if the project can be adapted by libraries with similar interests or concerns. 

Notification

Grant recipients will be notified by June 1 and announced each year in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference.