ALA Diversity Research Grant Program

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members evaluates proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients are expected to present on their interim findings at library conferences and to share those presentations with ALA. Recipients are also asked to publish the results of their research in a publication of their choosing within one year of completing their project. Grant proposals may address any topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.  Grant applicants may direct questions to diversity@ala.org.  ALA established the Diversity Research Grant program in 2002, it is sponsored and administered by the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. 

Submission Guidelines 

The call for proposals for projects running  July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 will be announced Wint.  Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. 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.  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.org. Proposals must be received by midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

Proposal Evaluation 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:

  • 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. 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.

Current Grant Activities

Past Diversity Research Grant Recipients

Review our recipients listed here: http://www.ala.org/research/larks/diversity/recipients

Honoring Excellence - Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research in LIS by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research.  View past honorees and nominate someone today

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