YALSA announces new Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/07/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its new Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award.

The purpose of the YALSA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is to foster research on teens, learning and libraries, specifically research that aligns with YALSA’s National Research Agenda by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.

“YALSA is thrilled to offer the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, which supports the work of up and coming researchers focusing on teens, learning, and libraries,” said YALSA President Crystle Martin. “The recipients of this award will help drive the field of research on teens, learning, and libraries forward, and bring new insights for practice on the best approaches to serving teens for their future success.”

The award will be given out annually to one recipient who will receive up to $3,000 to cover research related expenses, including travel to conferences related to the dissertation research.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a current personal member of YALSA/ALA
  • Be a current doctoral candidate in good standing pursuing research on teens, learning and libraries in a doctoral degree-granting institution that supports research related to teens, learning, or libraries
  • have doctoral dissertation proposal accepted by the institution or by their dissertation advisor.

Other eligibility requirements may also apply. Learn more and apply by March 1 of each year.

The fellowship is being funded through YALSA’s Leadership Endowment, which was established in 2009 through the collective efforts of past YALSA presidents. To learn more about the endowment, or to make a donation, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/leaderendow

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.