Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application

The Frances Henne Research Grant annually provides $1,000 in seed money for small scale research or action research projects that respond to the YALSA Research Agenda (PDF), which was adopted by the YALSA Board in October 2011.  This grant is sponsored by VOYA magazine and administered by YALSA.


  1. Applicants must be personal members of YALSA, although the research project may be undertaken by an individual, an institution, or by a group.  Student members are eligible to apply.
  2. The proposed research must be a response to the vision, mission, and research agenda (PDF) of YALSA,  and for the general area of library service to young adults.
  3. Proposals must be submitted online and  must include the following:
a. Title
b. Objectives
c. Problem Statement/Questions to be Answered
d. Methodology, including how data will be collected and analyzed.
e. Significance of the project, in light of previous research.
f. Projected timeline (Project should be completed within a 12 to 18 month period, and a report filed with YALSA within six months of completion of the study.)
g. Indicate the way that the money will be used.
h. Brief biographical data on researcher on a separate sheet, with contact information including e-mail, as well as the researcher's ALA membership number.

Selection of the recipient will be made by the Frances Henne Jury and is announced each February. Research proposals may be submitted up through December 1 of each year. Selection will be based on the criteria indicated above.

Winners are required to write a 500-word summary of their research project within one year of receipt of the grant funds, to be considered for publication by YALSA. In addition, winners are encouraged to write a more substantial article for publication for the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.  ALA/YALSA has the right of first consideration for publication of research results.  Co-publication by VOYA is permitted.

Refer requests for information to:

Phone: 1-800-545-2433 x 4387 or


1991 - no recipient
1992 - Joan Atkinson
1993 - no recipient
1994 - Kathy Latrobe & Michael Havener (co-recipients)
1995 - no recipient
1996 - Evie Wilson Lingbloom, Carol Doll and Barbara Carmody
1997 - no recipient
1998 - no recipient
1999 - Sheila B. Anderson and John P. Bradford
2000 - Kay Bishop and Patricia Bauer
2001 - Patrick Jones
2002 - Teri Lesesne
2003 - Kelley McDaniel
2004 - Amy Alessio and Nick Buron
2005 - no recipient
2006 - Rebecca J. Cohen
2007 - Holly Anderton and Karen Brooks-Reese
2008 - Arlene Weber Morales
2009 - Amy Alessio and Marc Aronson
2010 - Janet Newsum and Marcia Mardis
2011 - Shannon Crawford Barniskis
2012 - Sylvia Vardell
2013 - Rachel McGee
2014 - Crystle Martin
2015 - Ligaya Scaff
2016 - Deborah Rinio