International Opportunities and Funding Sources for Librarians


American Association of Law Libraries - Clearinghouse for Internships and International Personnel Exchanges
The Foreign Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries seeks to channel information to interested law librarians on opportunities to visit libraries abroad through the clearinghouse.

American Library Association - Bogle/Pratt International Travel Award
The Bogle/Pratt International Library Travel Fund provides annual grants to enable a member or members of the American Library Association to attend an international conference for the first time.

American Library Association - Guadalajara International Book Fair
The FREE PASS Program sponsored by American Library Association and the Guadalajara International Book Fair provides support for American librarians to attend the Guadalajara International Book Fair. The program funds registration, lodging, and a $100.00 contribution toward airfare.

American Library Association - Hong Kong Book Fair
The FREE PASS Program sponsored by American Library Association and the Hong Kong Book Fair provides support for American librarians to attend the Hong Kong Book Fair. The program funds registration and four nights of hotel lodging.

American Library Association - Sister Libraries
An initiative by the American Library Association to promote the concept of a global community of libraries by encouraging U.S. libraries to form relationships with libraries in other countries.

American Library Association - Swiss-U.S. Librarian Exchange Opportunity
The program facilitates exchanges between librarians in Switzerland and the United States. For information in French, please consult the Swiss Library Association (BBS) home page at

ACRL-Western European Specialists Section-Martinus Nijhoff International West Europeans Specialists Study Grant
This annual award was established by WESS in 1985 under the sponsorship of Martinus Nijhoff International, subscription agent and bookdealer, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Bibliothek & Information International
Bibliothek & Information International is an organization funded by the German government, which focuses on building up and participating in international networks through project-based activities such as study tours to Germany, professional visits and participation in international library conferences. Information is available in English by clicking on the British flag at the top right. They support foreign librarians with a daily amount during their visits in Germany and give German participants money for the travel costs.

The British Council
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organization for educational and cultural relations. It supports programs in education, English language teaching, the arts, science, governance, and information world wide.

Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars administers the Senior Fulbright Scholars Program for faculty and professionals. Offers awards in Library Science for lecturing and/or research abroad.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) - Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship
A scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

IFLA - The International Federation of Library Associations
IFLA is a worldwide, independent organization created to provide librarians around the world with a forum for exchanging ideas, promoting international cooperation, research and development in all fields of library activity. IFLA Headquarters administers a number of funds and grants.

IFLA - Dr. Shawky Salem Training Grant for Arab Specialists in Library and Information Sciences
The aim of this grant is to enable an expert in library and information science from an Arab country to be trained in an apsect of modern technology in library and information science in one or more western countries for a period of one to three weeks.

IFLA - Hans-Peter Geh Grant for IFLA Conference Participation
The aim of this grant is to sponsor a librarian from the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic states, to attend an IFLA Seminar or Conference in Germany or elsewhere for becoming acquainted with new international developments in the field of information.

IFLA - Rovelstad Scholarship for International Librarianship
See Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for description.

IFLA - Twinning Initiative
This is an IFLA initiative to promote partnerships among libraries in the world.

IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship
This program aims to provide continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. The program will select up to four individuals each year to visit OCLC's headqurters in Dublin, Ohio, USA for four weeks to participate in a program of lectures, seminars and mentoring.

IREX - International Research & Exchanges Board
IREX is dedicated to promoting advanced field research and professional training programs between the U.S. and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eurasia, China and comparable contiguous socieities.

LIBEX of CILIP - The Bureau for International Library Staff Exchange
LIBEX of CILIP (British Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) acts as a clearinghouse for library and information staff interested in arranging job exchanges with LIS professionals in other countries. Libraries as well as individuals may use this free service.

Medical Library Association - Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship
This is a four-month fellowship for health sciences librarians from countries outside of the United States and Canada.

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
The purpose of the C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is to strengthen international ties among research libraries and librarians in order to facilitate access to the collected knowledge of the world regardless of geographic location or access to technology.

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Marcia Tuttle International Grant
The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Marcia Tuttle International Grant is a yearly grant for a North American serialist with five years of experience for an international experience involving serials.

People to People Ambassador Program to China for Library Professionals
The People to People Ambassador Program provides foreign educational travel experiences for professionals. Through meetings, seminars and cultural activities, participants connect with people in similar professions overseas. The programs join common interests in uncommon places through journeys that enrich the world, one person at a time.

Swiss-U.S. Librarian Exchange Opportunity
See American Library Association - Swiss-U.S. Librarian Exchange Opportunity for description.

UNESCO Network of Associated Libraries (UNAL)
UNAL is an association of public libraries cooperating on community activities in support of UNESCO's main goals: promoting human rights, peace and cultural dialogue; protecting the environment; combatting illiteracy; and establishing contacts between libraries from different regions.

Yale University Libraries - International Associates Program
A new pilot initiative launched in the summer of 2005 and open to mid-career librarians and other information professionals from all over the world. The object is to nurture professional development and leadership at home and abroad by establishing and developing professional relationships between Yale and library institutions in other countries. The program brings 2-4 visiting information professionals a year. The first five were from the National Library of Kazakhstan, the Vilnius (Lithuania) Music and Art Public Library, the Health Sciences Library and Documentation Centre of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, the Library of Congress Field Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Trinity Theological College in Singapore.

Yale University Libraries - SEEC Library Fellowship Program
Started by the Slavic and East European Collections (SEEC) in 1993, this is the oldest and most seasoned fellowship program at the Yale Library. It brings one library professional from Eastern Europe every year, for a four-month period coinciding with the fall semester. The first 14 fellows came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Funding for the SEEC Library Fellows Program has been provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant (1993-1995), the Chopivsky Family Fund (1996-1997), the Open Society Institute (1999), and the Keggi Foundation (2000-).


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international exchanges international travel grants funding
List of opportunities and funding resources for librarians interested in international visit and exchange opportunties. The list is maintained by the International Exchanges Committee of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT).