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Continuing Education Grant

The purpose of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education Grants is to provide members with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship. More than one continuing education (CE) grant may be awarded in a year. The grant may be used either for MLA opportunities offered through MEDLIB-ED or other CE activities. 


  • The applicant must hold a graduate degree in library science.
  • The applicant must be a practicing health sciences librarian with at least two years of professional experience.
  • The applicant must a member of MLA.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence status in either the United States or Canada.
  • In exceptional cases, consideration will be given to an outstanding candidate not meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above.


  • The completed application form and additional documentation must be received by December 1.
  • The applicant must submit the names of three references not related to the applicant. The references must be persons who are knowledgeable of the applicant's character, education, and abilities.
  • The continuing education activity must be within the United States or Canada.
  • The proposed course of study should be relevant to the library work in which the applicant is currently engaged. Scope, level of study, duration, and budget should be given. Consideration is given to library experience and professional activities of the applicant.
  • Grants will not be given to support work toward a degree or certificate, although course work that complements a candidate's program, yet is not part of the normal professional curriculum, will be considered.
  • More than one grant may be offered in a year. Grants range from $100 to $500 and are paid in one payment. (Grant funds requested in the application and grant funds awarded may not be the same amount.)
  • Depending on the qualifications of the candidates, the jury may recommend that the grant not be presented in a given year.
  • Grant funds requested in the application and grant funds awarded may not neccessarily be the same amount. 
  • The period of disbursement will not exceed one year past the date of MLA’s annual meeting.
  • Applicant is encouraged to update their MLA member profile page.
  • MLA will acknowledge applications upon receipt via email.

Ready to Submit an Application?

  • The Continuing Education grant application process is closed.
  • The grant recipient will be announced in March 2020.
  • Applications will open next in August 2020.

Grant Recipients

  • 2019: Heather Edmonds and Alexandria Quesenberry
  • 2018: Natalie Clairoux
  • 2017: Shirley Zhao
  • 2016: Andrea C. Kepsel, AHIP and Nathalie Reid, AHIP
  • 2015: Leah C. Osterhaus Trzasko and Jennifer S. Walker
  • 2014: Xan Goodman and Lynda J. Hartel
  • 2013: Bethany McGowan and Debra Werner
  • 2012: Alisha Miles
  • 2011: Beth A. Lewis
  • 2010: Marie K. Saimbert and Lin Wu
  • 2009: Lauren Maggio
  • 2008: Patricia Hammond and Susan Schleper
  • 2007: Rick Wallace and Alice Webber
  • 2006: Ellen Justice
  • 2005: Andrea Ketchum
  • 2004: Bette Sydelko
  • 2003: Beshia Popescu
  • 2002: Linda Collins
  • 2001: Joanne M. Muellenbach
  • 2000: Barbara Benisch
  • 1999: none awarded
  • 1998: Katherine J. Vargo
  • 1997: Julita C. Awkard
  • 1996: Carol M. Shisler
  • 1995: Karyn Pomerantz
  • 1994: Sarah Knox Morley and Melanie J. Tennyson
  • 1993: Judy Burnham, Margaret M. Demchuk, and Joanne Kennedy
  • 1992: Patricia J. Hamilton
  • 1991: Sandra K. Parker
  • 1990: A. James Bothmer, Barbara A. Carlson, Wenda Webster Fischer, and Kime U. Rutter
  • 1989: Rick B. Forsman
  • 1988: Lavonda K. Broadnax
  • 1987: Maureen Battistella

Have a question? Contact MLA's grants coordinator.