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Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant

In 1997, the Medical Informatics Section (MIS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) established the MIS/MLA Career Development Grant. The section awards one individual up to $1,500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics. This grant may be used for MLA professional development opportunities offered through MEDLIB-ED that meet the grant criteria. 


  • The applicant must be a member of MLA.
  • The applicant must have a master's of library science or equivalent degree.
  • The applicant must have the potential to make significant contributions to medical informatics.
  • The applicant may be either a recent graduate or a librarian with significant experience in health sciences libraries.
  • It is preferred that the applicant be a member of the Medical Informatics Section of MLA. Proof of MIS membership history may be confirmed by contacting MLA Member Services.


  • A completed application form must be received by December 1.
  • The applicant must submit a detailed specific description of the career development activity for which support is requested.
  • The applicant must submit a statement of interest/previous activity in the area of medical informatics.
  • The applicant must submit a current curriculum vitae.
  • The applicant must submit detailed itemization of financial support requested. Depending on the qualifications/requests of the candidates, the jury may recommend that the grants not be awarded in a given year.
  • The applicant should update their MLA member profile on MLANET (optional).
  • The period of disbursement will not exceed one year past the date of the MLA annual meeting.
  • MLA will acknowledge applications upon receipt via email.

August 2019 - With the transformation of MLA communities, the grant name and eligibility will change starting in August 2020. 

Ready to Submit an Application

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

Grant Recipients

  • 2019: Lori Winterfeldt
  • 2018: Carl Leak
  • 2017: Helene Richards McMurray
  • 2016: Carrie L. Iwema, AHIP
  • 2015: Jennifer Dinalo
  • 2014: Marci Brandenburg
  • 2013: Joanne M. Muellenbach, AHIP
  • 2012: none awarded
  • 2011: Melissa Resnick
  • 2010: none awarded
  • 2009: Kristine M. Alpi
  • 2008: Karen Albert and Maureen Knapp
  • 2007: none awarded
  • 2006: Ellen Justice
  • 2005: Ruling Guo and Christine Marton
  • 2004: Margaret Gorman and Sara Anne Hook
  • 2003: Marcy Brown and Mark Vrabel
  • 2002: Mary Linn Bergstrom and Marilyn Teolis
  • 2001: Susan London
  • 2000: Kathleen F. Bauer and Kathryn E. Kerdolff
  • 1999: Ruth Riley and Gang (Wendy) Wu
  • 1998: none awarded
  • 1997: Linda Hogan and Julie Johnson McGowan

Have a question? Contact MLA's grant coordinator.