ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2015-2016 Diversity Research Grant proposals

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/17/2015


Michelle Harrell Washington


Office for Diversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research.  A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within three months of completing their research.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including their current ALA membership number), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline.

For a complete list of the criteria, please visit:

Submissions should be submitted in a PDF or Word document attachment, and emailed to

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 5295.