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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.

  • MLA will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Most grants and scholarships have a deadline of November 15. See individual pages listed below for further details.
  • An announcement of all grant recipients is made in March and a virtual awards ceremony is held in April each year. See the vConnections page for access to past recordings.  
  • Some MLA grants, scholarships, and fellowships are funded through financial revenues generated from MLA restricted funds (endowment). The amount and number of those grants, scholarships, or fellowships will be determined annually based on the funding of the endowment. 

To help sustain and develop grants, MLA welcomes your tax-deductible donation to the Grants and Scholarships Fund.

Advanced Education

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 Scholarships for students enrolled in or entering an American Library Association–accredited library school.

MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship: American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholars assists underrepresented 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

Naomi C. Broering Latinx Heritage Grant: Awarded to an 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. 

CE Passport Financial Support: Member benefit offered to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Collection Development Professional Development Grant: Provides health sciences librarians working in collection development and related information management fields with the support for educational activities.

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

Mary K. Haver Consumer Health Professional Development Grant: Provides members working in consumer health librarianship with the support needed for educational activities.

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

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

Harriet L. Steuernagel Continuing Education Grant: Provides professional development support to members working in the library and dental profession.

Annual Conference Support

Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Conference Grant: Provides travel support for a librarian involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health, or international librarianship to attend MLA’s annual conference.

EBSCO/MLA Annual Conference Grant: Provides travel support for medical librarians with five years or less experience working in health sciences libraries to attend MLA’s annual conference.  

Virtual Conference Registration Grant: No-charge registration support is funded through the MLA annual budget and designed to assist members with a true financial need. 

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 and Charles W. Sargent Visiting Fellowship: Covers the expenses involved in visiting (virtually or in-person) for the purpose of studying a specific aspect of health information management.

Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship: 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: Supported training activities which promoted 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 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.

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