For immediate release | January 5, 2016

ALA seeks proposals for 2016-2017 diversity research grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016. Applicants must be current ALA members.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within the year following the completion of their research. The duration of the grant is for one year.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including their current ALA membership number), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline.

For a complete list of the criteria, please visit:

Submissions should be submitted in a PDF or Word document attachment, and emailed to

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email or call (800) 545-2433 ext. 5295.


Jody Gray


American Library Association

Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services