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MLA ’19 Financial Support

Attending a conference is a professionally rewarding experience. The MLA annual meeting is the largest gathering of health sciences librarians and offers many opportunities for you to build a professional network, learn about the latest research, and participate in discussions about issues affecting the profession. Take advantage of this new travel grant to support your MLA ’19 meeting attendance. Also, be sure to check with your local chapters and sections for additional funding resources.

MLA Annual Meeting Travel Grant

MLA is pleased to offer travel grants to enable members to attend the association's annual meeting in Chicago. Funds of up to $1,000 each, for travel and meeting-related expenses, will be given to MLA members who might otherwise be unable to attend the meeting. Application deadline was February 25, 2019. The application process is now CLOSED.                   

Financial suppport for MLA'19 travel grants includes:

  • 10 grants supported from the MLA annual budget
  • 10 grants generously sponsored by McGraw-Hill




  • Applicant must be a member of MLA.
  • Applicant must be currently employed as a health information professional.
  • Applicant must have between 2 and 5 years experience as a health information professional at the time of the annual meeting.
  • Applicant must complete an online form including a 200-word statement answering the question, “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?”
  • No more than 1 awardee from any given institution will be awarded the grant in a single year.

NOTE: MLA members who applied for the 2019 EBSCO Annual Meeting Grant will automatically be considered for this new grant. 

Priority Consideration Criteria

  • Applicant is a first-time attendee at MLA.
  • Applicant is presenting (or has submitted) a paper, immersion session, poster, or lightning talk at MLA’s annual meeting.
  • Applicant has MLA committee, jury, section, or special interest group (SIG) assignments.


  • Recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,000 in actual travel and conference related expenses after the meeting; expense statements and receipts must be submitted to MLA after the annual meeting.
  • A member may receive this grant only once. 
  • Letters of reference are NOT requested or desired.
  • Upload a current photo to member profile for promotional purposes (optional).

Ready to Submit an Application?

  • Application process is now CLOSED.

2019 Grant Recipients

  • Kelsa Bartley, Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Megan M. Bell, AHIP, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama–Birmingham
  • Hannah Craven, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis
  • Kyle Downey, Health Sciences Library, Seton Hall University, Nutley, NJ
  • Kelsey Grabeel, AHIP, Assistant Director, Health Information Center, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
  • Carrie Grinstead, AHIP, Medical Library, Providence St. Joseph Health, Burbank, CA
  • Rachel Hinrichs, AHIP, University Library, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
  • Melissa K. Kahili-Heede, Health Sciences Library, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii–Manoa, Honolulu, HI
  • Amanpreet Kaur, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania–Philadelphia, PA
  • June Kim, AUHS Library, American University of Health Sciences, Signal Hill, CA
  • Jessica Koos, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Ayaba Logan, MUSC Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston
  • Kate Nyhan, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Robin O’Hanlon, User Services, Library, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Hannah Lois Pollard, Library, Pacific Northwest University, Yakima, WA
  • Ghaith Salameh, Electronic Library of Medicine, Electronic Health Solutions, Amman, Jordan
  • Sachie Shishido, AHIP, Howe Library, Massachusetts Eye and Ear–Boston, MA
  • Kerry Springle, Frederick, MD
  • Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL
  • Reina Williams, AHIP, Library, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Have a question? Contact MLA’s grants coordinator.

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