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Conference Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants provides a list of scholarships, awards, and grants to attend local and national conferences. Many of these awards and scholarships have limited annual application periods, and applications may be closed at the time you click on a link. Bookmark to try back later during the formal application period. Also check every official conference website.

Access to Learning Award
Given each year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries initiative, the Access to Learning Award, which grants US$1 million, recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet.

ALISE Awards
Library and Information Science Research Grant offered by OCLC Online Computer Library Center in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). The program promotes independent research that helps librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment.

Archival Education and Research Fellowships
The Archival Education and Research Fellowships are aimed at strengthening doctoral-level education in Archival Studies, building the cohort of archival educators and increasing its diversity, and promoting a broad base of rigorous archival scholarship.
Before applying for the Fellowship, applicants are encouraged to review the scope of the eight participating programs and to consider applying only to those that best match their personal intellectual interests. Click here to learn further information about the participating institutions and their specializations in Archival Studies, including links to their program's homepage.

Asian Communication Research Centre (ACRC) Fellowship Award
To encourage researchers to benefit from the rich collection of ACRC, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), Nanyang Technological University has launched an ACRC Research Fellowship programme, focusing on communication and information research from Asian perspectives. Two fellowships will be awarded each semester to include air transportation with a maximum limit of S$1,500, on-campus accommodation and daily stipend.

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services - ALA Online Course Grant

The goal of this program is helping library professionals from developing countries stay current with the latest trends and developments in technical services areas and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in librarianship and information science.
One free seat per ALCTS online continuing educational course session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries. Find the list of Online Courses and their schedule here and download the Application Form.

Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships
The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships are a component of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages within the Asia-Pacific. It comprises of Scholarships and Fellowships to undertake postgraduate study (Masters or Doctorate) and a Leadership Development Program in Australia .

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The International Library Initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are dedicated to the development of international activities with libraries serving the general public throughout the world to enable all individuals to improve their lives with information and technology.

Books for all
is a library project aimed to provide children and young people in developing countries with books. Librarians and teachers wishing to establish small libraries, to enlarge existing collections or to improve the quality of school libraries receive support.

British Council Philippines Scholarships
The recently expanded British Chevening Scholarship offers Filipino students and professionals the opportunity to benefit from a British education, and is also offered in more than 150 countries, allowing talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and learn skills that will help their countries. Awards are normally made for formal courses such as a Master's degree, but are also occasionally given for shorter, vocationally oriented courses, or for research attachments lasting between three and six months, but not for more than a year of study.

CILIP International Library and Information Group Anthony Thompson Award

This award enables a qualified librarian from outside the United Kingdom (UK) to visit and study some aspects of UK library and information work. Preference will be given to applicants working in least developed countries Southeast Asia. The scholarship supports airfare to, and from, the UK, travel within the UK and a small daily maintenance allowance for up to three weeks. Anthony Thompson was the first full-time Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, (IFLA), serving from 1962 to 1970. Following his death, in 1979, a trust fund was set up for the study of international and comparative librarianship.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Support for Paper Presentations in International Conferences (CMO_07_S_2005.pdf)
This grant is open to any Filipino national who is a full-time faculty or researcher/scientist working in a research unit of a higher educational institution in the Philippines whose paper has been accepted for oral presentation in an international conference/seminar/workshop/forum provided said paper has not been presented in another fora. The grant shall cover registration fee, roundtrip economy fare, and US$100 per diem for the
duration of the conference plus one day.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Student Financial Assistance Program (CMO 01 s2014)

In consonance with the mandate of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as provided for in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution “to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all” and Article XIV, Section 2(3) “to establish and maintain a system of scholarship grants, student loan programs, subsidies, and other incentives which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools, especially to the underprivileged,” the Commission approved the Revised Implementing Guidelines for the CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs), the CMO No. 56, s. 2012, by virtue of Resolution No. 638-2012 dated December 19, 2012. To apply, go to this link and follow instructions:

DANIDA Fellowships
Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) is a self-governing institution, which manages and implements the Danida supported Fellowship Programme in Denmark and administers the research grants. DFC co-operates closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines the framework for the fellowship activities of the Danida programmes and projects, while DFC is in charge of all educational, administrative and practical issues in connection with a fellow's study in Denmark. The fellowships are funded via a central grant and via programme and projects grants.

Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in developing countries and supporting organizations for:
* Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it -- researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.
* Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
* Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
* Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations. For details on application, go to:

Engineering Information Foundation
The foundation carries out grant programs focused on training engineering faculty and students in the most effective use of information systems, researching behavioral factors, dissemination issues, or linguistic concerns related to information use, or engineering informatics. Guidelines on how to apply to obtain a grant are also available.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL)
DILL (International Master in Digital Library Learning) is a two-year Master Programme for information professionals who intend to work in the complex world of digital libraries. Third-country applicants to DILL can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. For each student, the scholarship amounts to €21,000 per academic year.It is a cooperative project between Oslo University College (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia) and Parma University (Italy). The program duration is 20 months.

Ford Foundation Programs
Grants are given in the Foundation's fields of interest through a program division encompassing three broad areas: Asset Building and Community Development; Education, Media, Arts, and Culture; and Peace and Social Justice. A project to strengthen teaching, research, libraries and publications in the social sciences and the humanities was carried out in 1997 at the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique). To apply for a grant, see guidelines for grant seekers. Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program awards graduate fellowships to candidates who have demonstrated social commitment, leadership and academic achievement. The IFP reaches out to a new generation of potential leaders from groups and communities that have traditionally lacked access to higher education and know at first hand the problems facing their countries and communities. Worldwide, IFP is being implemented in 22 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as Russia.

Fulbright Programme
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946, at the end of World War II, to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for university teaching; advanced research; graduate study; and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Guust Van Wesemael Literacy Prize
is a contribution to IFLA's efforts to promote literacy in developing countries. The focus of the Prize is public library or school library work. Both individuals and library institutions are eligible to apply.

International Association of Law Librarians
To assist law librarians who are normally unable to gain experience at leading law libraries overseas to undertake a placement / internship / non-stipendiary fellowship / extended visit to a law library outside their own country, IALL offers a grant each year to one person to enable them to undertake an internship / placement / non-stipendiary fellowship / extended visit of no more than 2 months.

IFLA Fellowships, Funds, Grants and Awards
IFLA administers a number of Grants and Scholarships to enable aspiring library and information professionals from all over the world to enhance their training and to provide funding for new and exciting projects in the field of librarianship. Full details and application forms can be obtained from IFLA Headquarters.

IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP)
IFLA ALP supports small projects (up to 7000 Euro per project) to deliver workshops, seminars and other activities for advocacy and to implement policies and guidelines. Workshops based on IFLA’s learning materials or train-the-trainer activities are encouraged. Collaborative projects with other funding bodies are also encouraged.

International Training Programs on Information: STIMULATE - Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries: An Active Training Environment (Edition 9)
Sponsored by the Belgian Government ,the program is aimed at persons with a university degree (Bachelor or Master), who work in universities, information centers, and libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience. Duration is 3 months about 10 weeks or 50 days.

IREX (an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.)
For 2010, it recently announced a unique opportunity for three Library and Information Science graduate students with an international orientation to take part in a fellowship focused on impact assessment and community building in two national library development programs in Romania and Ukraine.

Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

This program, jointly sponsored by the American Theological Library Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC, provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. On an annual basis, up to six individuals, including a theological librarian, are selected for participation in this intensive five-week Fellowship program. Four weeks are based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA; one week is based at OCLC in Leiden, Netherlands. The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners, visit libraries, and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Grants Program
Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA Grants Program provides support to individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of the National Committees. The NCCA provides funds for projects for the promotion, development and conservation of Philippine culture and arts, and it continuously encourage collaborative efforts which provides significant contributions to the realization of the Mandate of the NCCA. The program provides funding for regional conferences, research, publication, and collection enhancement. Travel assistance to attend international conference, to an individual with good track record and active involvement in the event (as paper reader/presentor) is granted for a maximum of P 75,000.00. Budget per project ranges from 150,000 pesos to 500,000 pesos.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Foreign Scholarships and Training Programs
The Foreign Scholarships/ Training Program (FSTP) is a component of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) extended to the Philippines by foreign donor countries, the objective of which is to enhance the capabilities of institutions in accordance with the national development thrusts and strategies. The FSTP is planned and negotiated annually with the donors based on the identified training needs of agencies/institutions. It consists of degree and non-degree, academic and non-academic short-term courses.

Presidential Libraries Grants

provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings. Additional grants for research in Presidential Libraries are offered by The White House Historical Association.

Soros Foundations Network
As part of its commitment to bringing peace and stability worldwide, the Soros Foundations Network supports a wide range of projects. The Library Program has provided support to 150 projects to improve library automation, training, preservation and access, and services.

Special Libraries Association
The Division of Museums, Arts and Humanities (MAHD) of SLA will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses up to $2,000.00 US for a professional librarian from a non-G8 country to attend the SLA Annual Conference. The awardee will also receive free registration to the conference and to all MAHD ticketed events and will be expected to attend all MAHD programs and events.

The JSLA-SLA Asian Chapter Librarian Award is presented to a library and Information Science professional working in Asia to provide an opportunity for an Asian professional to attend the annual Special Libraries Association conference. The award covers the conference registration, lodging and airfare up to and not to exceed the amount of US $1000. Self-nominations are encouraged. Candidates must be current members of the JSLA or SLA Asian Chapter.

STIMULATE Scholarship grants for Participants from Developing Countries

(Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries: an Active Training Environment)
This initiative,approved by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and sponsored by the Belgian Government, is aimed primarily at persons with a university degree (Bachelor or Master), who work in universities, information and documentation centers, and libraries, including university libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience.This International Training Program offers a stimulating learning environment to information experts in the area of science and technology, who are in the early phase of their career. It aims to sharpen their skills in collecting, storing, retrieving, presenting and managing information. The grant includes free registration, a return flight ticket plus a scholarship to cover the costs of transport from the airport upon arrival to their room, accommodation, health insurance during the stay in Belgium, transport in Belgium, and finally transport from their room to the airport. The ideal participant applying for a grant is younger than 40 years, and should be able to apply what has been learned directly in a professional scientific or technical environment afterwards. Use this Online application form

VLIR-UOS Scholarships in Flanders

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries so that they can follow a training programme in Belgium. These scholarships cover all related expenses. Every year, VLIR-UOS awards up to 70 scholarships to training participants. In short training programmes, lasting one to four months, the focus is on transferring skills rather than knowledge, thus creating opportunities for cooperation and networking. Only the training programmes listed at the website are eligible for funding. View the list of VLIR-UOS funded International Training Programmes and the Application and Selection Procedures

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