Doctoral Students to ALISE Grant

Description: The ALISE Board of Directors seeks nominations from institutional members for the Doctoral Students to ALISE Grant. The grant supports the attendance of one or more promising LIS doctoral students at the ALISE Annual Conference, which will be held in Chicago, IL on January 27-30, 2015. Through undertaking conference assignments and participating fully in conference programs, the winner will gain an understanding of how ALISE serves its members. One or two grants will be given.


Sponsorship: This award is sponsored by the ALISE Endowment Fund.


Prize: Each winner will:

  • Receive a stipend of $500 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference
  • Complimentary registration at the conference
  • Complimentary one year membership in ALISE
  • Attend a luncheon hosted by a Board member
  • Receive a certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony


The nominating school of the award recipient is asked to help their student with transportation costs.


Student Commitment Guidelines


The Doctoral Students to ALISE will commit to 10 hours of ALISE activities which may include:

  • Have lunch with the third year Director of the ALISE Board.
  • Assist MLA with conference registration (as their schedules permit).
  • Work with session moderators.
  • Attend one board meeting.
  • Assist with major sessions. Students may assist at the keynote or plenary sessions, the general conference meeting, receptions, etc.
  • Journalist-students will write up an article about their conference experiences for the ALISE newsletter. Also, students could write an article on the conference in general that could be sent to American Libraries, Library Journal and posted on the ALISE website (photos would be nice too).
  • Other duties as negotiated.


Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Doctoral student from an ALISE Institutional member school
  • Plan on attending the 2015 ALISE Annual Conference


Submission Process:

The dean/director/program chair of a member school may nominate one doctoral student by completing the nomination form. In addition, the nominee must submit a statement addressing the following:

  • A discussion of how the nominee’s research relates to the theme of the 2015 ALISE Conference “Mirrors & Windows: Reflections on Social Justice & Re-Imagining LIS Education”;
  • An explanation of how attending the 2015 ALISE Conference will help facilitate the nominee’s career goals; and
  • A brief listing, with titles, of any presentation proposals the nominee has made to the 2015 ALISE Conference (e.g., juried paper, juried panel, works-in-progress poster, etc.)


The statement must be double spaced, word processed, and must not exceed 250 words. Submissions must be titled and display the author’s name. Nominees must e-mail both the nomination form (coming Fall 2014) and statement to ALISE Headquarters at


Extended Deadline: September 22, 2014

Award Jury: Don Latham, ALISE Director for Special Interest Groups, Laurie Bonnici, ALISE Director for Membership Services, and Carol Tilley, Director for External Relations


Presentation: Winners will be announced in November. The award will be presented at the Awards Reception during the Annual Conference.


Previous Winners:

2014: Chaoqun Ni

2014: Adriana McCleer

2013: Nancy Poole

2013: Maria Otero-Boisvert

2013: Jeffrey DiScala

2012: Jackie Brodsky

2011: Beth St. Jean

2010: Sarah Sutton

2009: Marc Kosciejew

2009: Shelagh K. Genuis

2008: Miriam Matteson