Early-career Librarian Scholarships

Early-career Librarian Scholarships provide opportunities for academic and research librarians six years or less of post-MLS experience to expand their professional horizons and to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience.

  • Enhance librarians’ ability to provide excellent services to constituent groups
  • Increase participation of entry-level and minority librarians in ACRL professional development activities
  • Increase ACRL’s efforts toward being a more inclusive organization
  • Provide members with an active, positive interaction with ACRL that will strengthen membership retention

Approximately 90 scholarships will be awarded. Each will include complimentary registration (a $390 value), and $350 stipend to attend the ACRL 2017 conference, March 22-25, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. The total value of each scholarship is $740.


Scholarship applicants must be:

  • ACRL members with six years or less of post-MLS professional library experience in a librarian role (excluding work study or student work) by the application deadline
  • Currently employed in a library
  • Recommended by the their dean, director, or immediate supervisor



To be considered, applicants must:

  • Obtain a recommendation from their dean/director/supervisor in electronic form that can be cut and pasted into the application (not to exceed 300 words).
  • Complete the online scholarship application (available May 2016). The application includes a brief description of the applicant’s employment history as well as a description of how attendance at the ACRL conference will support their long-term goals (not to exceed 300 words).

The award committee consists of members of the ACRL Conference Scholarship Committee. The committee will score applications based on the following:

  • Responses to open-ended questions
  • Dean/director/supervisor recommendation

In awarding the scholarships, preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds
  • Applicants employed at institutions or in a position to serve, under-represented groups
  • Applicants¬†employed in an academic or research library
  • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship

The committee will strive to achieve diversity and balance among scholarship recipients and will also take into account financial need and geographical location of the applicant.


Scholarship Applicants will be notified via e-mail during the week of January 2, 2017. Applicants should not register for the ACRL 2017 conference until notified of their status to avoid the need for refunds. The discounted early-bird registration rate will be available until January 27, 2017 for those that may not receive a scholarship, but still plan to attend.

For questions contact Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor.

Scholarship Deadlines

Oct. 7, 2016
Apply for scholarship

Week of Jan. 2, 2017
Applicants are notified

Jan. 27, 2017
Early-bird registration deadline

Apply now

“ACRL 2015 was a chance for me to learn what my field was all about, to meet new people and find new ideas and inspiration to excel.”

Nimisha Bhat

Non-Roman Cataloging Program Coordinator, Ohio State University