Scholarship Opportunities

ACRL is pleased to support the academic and research library community by providing funding for individuals to attend professional development opportunities, including conferences, institutes, and other events. See our current opportunities below, and check back for new opportunities!


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ACRL 2021 Virtual Scholarships

With the generous support of our members, ACRL was able to award 92 scholarships to help the future leaders of the profession attend the ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference.

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RBMS Conference Scholarships

ACRL's Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) offers scholarships to subsidize attendance at the annual RBMS Conference by professional librarians, paraprofessionals, and students. RBMS has awarded 32 scholarships for the RBMS 2021 virtual conference.

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Immersion Scholarships

Note: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Immersion Program has been canceled. Stay tuned for more details about the 2021 program.

The ACRL Immersion Program Scholarships provide opportunities for academic and research librarians with diverse backgrounds, and those working at under-represented institutions, to expand their professional horizons and to update their skills and knowledge by participating in the Immersion 2020 Program.

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Other Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

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OpenCon Scholarships

Note: As of 2018, OpenCon is on hold. ACRL sponsors travel scholarship(s) annually to OpenCon for early career professionals committed to working to creating an open system for research and education.

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VAL Travel Scholarships

Note: As of spring 2020, this program has been suspended. The travel scholarships support travel to conferences to present on work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

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Other Awards and Grants

Don't see what you're looking for? Check out our other available award and grant opportunities.