Diversity Research Grant

About the Diversity Research Grant The ALA Office for Diversity began sponsorship in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

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Award and Frequency

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.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


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.

Applicant Responsibility

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.

Application Instructions

Proposals are only accepted during the open call for applications (from the conclusion of the ALA Midwinter Meeting - April 30th).  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. 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. Proposals must be received by the deadline.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Once a proposal has been deemed both complete and clearly in fitting with the Diversity Research Programs goals, 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. 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.


  • The 2010-2011 Diversity Research Grant recipients are conducting their grant-funded research from the summer of 2010 through the summer of 2011.
  • Topics for the 2011-2012 Diversity Research Grants are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2011.
  • 2011-2012 Recipients are announced in June 2011.
  • 2010-2011 Recipients present their findings at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orlean, LA.