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Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

MLA offers a variety of funding opportunities to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to pursue professional development.

Some MLA grants, scholarships, and fellowships are funded through financial revenues generated from MLA restricted funds (endowment). To help sustain and develop those grants, MLA welcomes your tax deductible donation to the Grants and Scholarships Fund.

MLA will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Applicants must receive an email notification that materials were received by MLA on or before December 1, except as noted, for applications to be considered. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  An announcement of all grant recipients is made in early March each year.

Advanced Education

Clarivate Analytics/MLA Doctoral Fellowship: Fosters and encourages superior students who have been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in medical librarianship or information science.

MLA Scholarship: Grants a scholarship to a student who is enrolled in or entering an American Library Association–accredited library school.

MLA Scholarship for Under-represented Students: Grants a scholarship to an under-represented student who is enrolled in or entering an American Library Association–accredited library school.

MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship: The Medical Library Association and the National Library of Medicine jointly support two American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholars to assist under-represented individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions in the profession. The Spectrum Scholarship Program is administered through the ALA Office for Diversity.

Professional Development

Continuing Education Grant: Supports continuing education to develop applicants’ knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship

Naomi C. Broering Latinx Heritage Grant: Awarded to a MLA member who has an interest in Latinx Community information services and wants to pursue a professional activity in the latest medical information services using the latest technical formats. 

Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grant: Provides librarians working in hospitals or clinical settings with the support needed for educational or research activities.

Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant: Provides support for career development activities that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics.

Annual Meeting Travel

Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant: Enables a librarian involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health, or international librarianship to attend MLA’s annual meeting.

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant: Enables medical librarians with five years or less experience working in health sciences libraries to attend MLA’s annual meeting.

MLA'20 Travel Grant: Funds of up to $1000 each, for travel and meeting-related expenses to attend the association's annual meeting in Portland. Watch here in the autumn of 2019 for updates and link to application. 

Research Related

Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship: Stimulates research into the history of information sciences to increase the underlying knowledgebase and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship and health informatics.

David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship: Covers the expenses involved in traveling for the purpose of studying a specific aspect of health information management.

Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship (deadline is November 15): Funds research linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and awarded to a qualified health professional, researcher, educator, administrator, or librarian.

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant: Provides support for projects that will promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences.

International Focus

Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship: Available to health sciences librarians from countries outside the United States and Canada, provides for observation and supervised work in one or more medical libraries in the United States or Canada.

MLA Librarians without Borders®/ Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants: Supports training activities that promote the use of scientific research resources in emerging and low income countries.

Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship: Assists in educating and training a US or Canadian health sciences librarian for an international health sciences library project.

Additional Opportunities

Visit MLA sections and chapters for additional opportunities, including travel, professional development and many other grants.

The National Library of Medicine offers research related grants through its Extramural Programs.

Have a question? Contact MLA’s grants coordinator.