Doctoral Students to ALISE Grant

Each year 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. 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 at the discretion of ALISE.

This award is supported by the ALISE Endowment Fund.

Award Criteria

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

Winner Responsibilities

  • 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 with conference registration (as their schedules permit).
  • Work with session moderators.
  • Attend one board meeting.
  • 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 website. Also, students are encouraged to write an article on the conference in general that could be sent to American Libraries, Library Journal and posted on the ALISE website.
  • Other duties as negotiated assigned.

Each winner:

  • Receives a stipend of $500 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference.
  • Receives complimentary registration at the conference.
  • Receives a complimentary one year ALISE membership in ALISE.
  • Has lunch with a Board member.
  • Receives a certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony.

Nomination Requirements

  • The nominating school of the award recipient is asked to help their student with transportation costs.
  • The dean/director/ chair of a member school may nominate one doctoral student by completing the nomination form. The nominee must submit a statement (upload as a single PDF) that addresses the following:
    • A discussion of how the nominee’s research relates to the theme of the ALISE Annual Conference (max. 300 words)
    • An explanation of how attending the ALISE Annual Conference will help facilitate the nominee’s career goals (max. 300 words)
    • A brief listing, with titles, of any presentation proposals the nominee has made to the ALISE Annual Conference (e.g., juried paper, juried panel, works-in-progress poster, etc.)

Submission 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: Dcotoral Students to ALISE Grant.

Committee Membership

The Selection Committee is composed of the three Board of Directors At-Large who are not ALISE officers, chaired by the Director in his or her third year. The grant recipient selection is made at a Board meeting based on a recommendation to the Board by the Selection Committee.

Previous Winners

2019: Cynthia Orozco

2018: Sylmari Burgos-Ramirez

2017: Ana Ndumu

2016:  Jennifer Thiele

2015: Liya Deng

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