ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Annual Conference 

This conference travel grant aims to increase diversity in LIS education/research and was awarded for the first time at the 2015 ALISE Annual Conference. It provides the opportunity to an individual who wishes to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students.  The award continues ALISE’s commitment to diversity, following its adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statement at the 2013 ALISE Conference.

The winner will receive a stipend of $750 to defray travel expenses, a complimentary registration to the conference, and a one-year student membership in ALISE.

This award is complementary to the ALA Spectrum Travel Award to the ALISE Conference, which is an award created by the American Library Association, and for which ALISE is a co-sponsor. The ALA award has the same aims and is open to Spectrum alumni whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles. Applications for this grant/award are reviewed by the three current at-large members of the ALISE Board of Directors.

2019 Sponsors

ALISE is thankful for the generous support of EBSCO for sponsoring the Diversity Travel Award.

Award Criteria

  • The award is open to underrepresented LIS professionals and students whose experiences, research interests, and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles (see ALISE Diversity Statement).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are not doctoral LIS students nor hold an LIS PhD.
  • Recipient cannot receive both ALA Spectrum Travel to ALISE Award and this award.

Winner Responsibilities

  • Assists and attends the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
  • Commits to an additional 5 hours of ALISE activities which may include: Assisting with conference registration (as schedules permit); assisting with major sessions; assisting with business meeting, attending a board meeting, etc.
  • Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work-In-Progress Poster Session.
  • Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
  • Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE

Application Process

All submissions must be entered via the ALISE 2019 submission system at First-time users will be required to register and create an account. Select the relevant track for your submission: ALISE 2019 Annual Conference Awards. Then select the type of submission: ALISE Diversity Travel Award. Submit any documentation via PDF.

  • Please describe your background (max. 50 words) in relation to the diversity characteristics outlined in the ALISE Diversity Statement.
  • Please describe your research or teaching goals related to diversity. (250-300 words)
  • Please describe how will you benefit from participation in the ALISE Conference. (250-300 words)


Previous Winners:
2019 - Raymond Pun, California State University
2018 - Sangeeta Namdev Dhamdhere, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce
2017 - No award given
2016 - Shaundra Walker, Georgia College 
2015 - Patrick Sifuentes, Dominican University