RUSA History Section/Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award

About the Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award The ALA RUSA History Section is offering the Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The award winner will receive a citation and up to $2500 (less 20% overhead) which may be used at the winner’s discretion.  Examples:  to offset travel expenses to consult distant materials, to pay photocopying charges, to obtain copyright permissions, to offset publication subvention costs, to buy equipment needed for the project, to purchase research-related office supplies, or like expenditures.  The individual applicant and his/her institution shall determine whether the award money will be paid directly to the librarian as an individual or to his or her institution, based on the institution’s grant recipient requirements and whether the project is for personal research unrelated to the librarian’s job or for a work-related project.  Please note in the grant submission to whom the funds should be directed and provide contact information.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


The award will be granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship.  An emphasis in an area reflected by the History Section’s subject-oriented committees, not excluding American history, is required.  Those committees are:  Genealogy, Local History, Instruction and Research Services, and Historical Materials. 

Application Instructions

Nominations and questions should be directed to the committee chair via e-mail:

Janice Schultz,


Contact Information

Selection Criteria

  • The value of the proposed research.  All applicants should provide persuasive evidence that the proposed project has practical and/or scholarly value to the history librarianship community.  The proposal should be as explicit as possible about the current state of knowledge of the subject, state the proposed objective(s), and tell what accomplishment of the project will achieve.
  • The methodology to be used.  The research design should be outlined as specifically as possible and should demonstrate why (and where) travel is necessary, if that is proposed. 
  • The feasibility of the project.
  • The applican'ts qualifications.
  • Project timeline.

A wrap-up report submission to the History Section Executive Board is required upon completion of the project.  Publication of the results is encouraged.