Symposium Stipends

Please note:

With the transition of the symposium taking place virtually, this year's stipends will instead become registration grants that will award free registration to ten total individuals -- five library workers and five library students. Please apply by the new deadline of August 1.

YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium Stipend enables two qualified recipients to attend YALSA's annual YA Services Symposium, which in 2020 will be held in Reno, NV, November 6-8, 2020.

Each stipend offers up to $1,000: one to a library worker who works directly with young adults, with at least one year of experience; the second is to a student enrolled in an ALA or NCATE accredited library program (you must be a graduate student as of November 6, 2020) with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting.


Applicants must be personal members of YALSA (student membership is okay for the student stipend). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Winners must agree to share out with the YALSA membership what they learned at the symposium through a blog post, YALSA Academy Video or other approved means. Previous winners are not eligible.

Application & Deadline

Applications are due by June 1 of each year.

Apply by the new deadline of August 1.

Student registration grant application

Library worker registration grant application

Questions? Contact Nichole O'Connor at

Past Winners