Category Archives: Awards, Grants + Scholarships

ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Travel Award – William C. Bunce Travel Award

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Travel Award Committee, we are pleased to offer the William C. Bunce Travel Award to one member to cover conference fees up to $600 for attending the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Mexico City from April 18-21, 2023.

This award is given in honor of William C. Bunce, who served as the Director of the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1966 to 1999. The William C. Bunce ARLIS/NA-Midstates Travel Award is intended to support a Midstates chapter member’s professional development by providing funding to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

Only ARLIS/NA-Midstates Chapter members are eligible. Information about becoming a member of ARLIS/NA and the regional chapter is available at the ARLIS/NA website and the ARLIS/NA-Midstates Chapter website.

This Award will be granted based on one or more of the following criteria:

●   financial need

●   level of chapter participation

●   first-time conference attendance

●   contribution to the conference

To apply for this award, please submit a brief letter (400 words or less) addressing relevant award criteria and how you will benefit from attending the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, along with a current resume or CV, via this Google form.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2023 at midnight CST. The recipient will be notified by the end of February to receive the award in advance of the early rate registration deadline for the conference. The recipient must confirm in writing that they will be able to use the award for conference attendance. Recipients are ineligible to apply again for three years.

 After receiving the award, the recipient must submit a short report indicating the value of the award to their professional development. Additionally, recipients also serve on the Travel Award Committee the following year.

If you have any issues accessing or submitting the application form, or have any questions about the award, please contact committee chair Becca Pad at


William C. Bunce Travel Award 2023 Committee

Midstate’s Sponsored Student Membership Award

The Midstates Chapter of ARLIS/NA is excited to announce applications are open for the new, annual Midstates Sponsored Student Membership Award.

Midstates Sponsored Student Membership Award

This award supports a student or recent graduate’s professional development by providing funding for memberships in ARLIS/NA and the Midstates Chapter. Candidates for this award must either be Master’s or PhD students enrolled in classes for the upcoming spring semester or recent graduates (within the past academic year). This award is open to anyone currently residing in states within the Midstates Chapter boundaries who are interested in pursuing a career in art librarianship (not limited to those earning library science degrees). For a list of eligible states, please see this page.

The recipient of this award must be able to make a one-year commitment. Over the course of that year, the recipient is expected to:

  • join the Chapter’s Mentorship Program as a mentee
  • participate in the fall chapter meeting (virtually or in-person, depending on location)
  • write a brief report of their experiences for the following year’s spring chapter newsletter
  • serve on the selection committee for this award in the next cycle

To apply for this award, please submit a brief letter (500 words) stating how the award will benefit your professional goals, a list of relevant coursework, and a current resume or CV via this Google form

Applications are due by February 12th, 2023 at midnight CST, and questions can be directed to Becca Pad at

ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Conference Travel Award

ARLIS/OV Travel Award 2023

The Travel Award Committee of ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley is now accepting applications for the 2022 ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Travel Award. The $250 award provides funding to help support attendance at “Transformación”, the annual ARLIS/NA conference in Mexico City, April 18-21, 2023. Interested ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley chapter members should follow the application procedures below and submit electronically to Stefanie Hilles ( by February 6, 2023. The winner will be notified no later than February 10, 2022.

Not a member? Either join the Society and chapter via bundled membership (link) or, if you’re already a Society member, visit the ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter website at Membership – Ohio Valley ARLIS/NA to join the chapter! Our individual membership costs $20 per year and our student membership is free with proof of ARLIS/NA membership. Memberships span the calendar year from January 1 to December 31.


1.       Letter of application to the Travel Award Committee addressing any relevant award criteria; indicating how you will benefit from or contribute to the conference; and specifying any available travel funding from your institution.

2.       A current resume.

2023 ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Travel Award Committee:

Stefanie Hilles, Arts and Humanities Librarian, Miami University 

Michele Jennings, Art Librarian, Ohio

DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Award for the 2023 ARLIS/NA Conference (free registration)

DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Awards have returned!

If you are affiliated with a Digital Library Federation (DLF) Member Institution, you can apply to have your registration for the 51st Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Mexico City covered by a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Award.
Apply by Friday, February 3, 2023, using this lightweight application form. Applicants must supply contact information, a resume or C.V., and a personal statement (500 words or less) about how attending the conference of your choice will expand your professional horizons, and what you can contribute in the role of “cross-pollinator.” Preference is given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to advancing research, learning, social justice, and/or the common good through the creation and/or use of digital library and museum technologies.

(If you are interested in receiving free registration to the 2023 DLF Forum as an ARLIS/NA member, stay tuned to ARLIS-L this spring for details.)

Apply now for the ARLIS/NA Conference Attendance and Travel Awards

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Travel Awards Subcommittee is now accepting applications for the ARLIS/NA Conference Attendance and Travel Awards to support attendance at the ARLIS/NA 51st annual conference in Mexico City, Mexico on April 18-21, 2023. Applications are due January 20, 2023 by 8 pm EST through this form:

Deliberations are expected to be complete by January 27, 2023 and the subcommittee will notify travel awards recipients by the end of January.

Please get in touch with Travel Awards Subcommittee chair, Courtney Stine, at if you have any questions.

Award Open to Current ARLIS Members:

Student Conference Attendance Award (1 award/$1200)

Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation). Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

The recipient will write a brief post-conference report evaluating their conference experience.

Awards Open to All Eligible Applicants (ARLIS/NA membership not required):

Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance (1 award/$1200)

Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation). To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

· Be enrolled as a graduate student in Library Studies or Information Studies or recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation)

· Be one of the following:

  • U.S. resident and a member of a racial/ethnic group as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau: African American/Black; Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native or
  • Canadian resident and of aboriginal identity, as defined in the Canadian Employment Equity Act (“aboriginal peoples” means persons who are Indians, Inuit, or Métis) or
  • Canadian resident and a member of a visible minority, as defined by the Canadian Employment Equity Act (members of “visible minorities” means persons, other than aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour)

· Be interested in career in art librarianship/visual resources

A mentor from the ARLIS/NA Diversity Committee, who will facilitate the recipient’s attendance at the Conference, will be assigned to the recipient of the award prior to the Conference. The recipient will write a brief post-conference report evaluating their conference experience.

Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance (1 award/$1200)

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation). Purpose: To encourage students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

The recipient will write a brief post-conference report evaluating their conference experience.

2023 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Announcement

2023 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Announcement

Amount: $1,000.00

Deadline: February 6th, 2023

The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce the 2023 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award, which supports attendance and participation in the ARLIS/NA 51st annual conference to be held in Mexico City, Mexico from April 18-21, 2023. This year’s award is provided through the generous fundraising efforts of Janine Henri and our chapter’s members.


  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of ARLIS/NA. This year’s award will also include one year of membership in the ARLIS Texas-Mexico chapter, required for eligibility.
  • Applicants who are fully funded to attend the conference through their institution of employment or education are not eligible.
  • Applicant may live outside of Texas or Mexico.
  • Applicant is eligible even if the member has previously received the award. The committee shall consider the merits of the individual application independent of past decisions.
  • LIS Students and new professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure:

  • Applicant should submit a letter of application and CV/Resume to the award committee chair via email (Lauren Gottlieb-Miller at The letter must include a statement explaining eligibility and interest, the amount of expected institutional funding (if any) for conference attendance, and proposed conference program involvement.
  • Deadline for 2023 Award submissions is February 6th, 2023. The award this year is $1000.00. The winner will be announced during the week of February 20th.

A description of the award, application procedure and selection factors, and a list of previous recipients can be found on the Chapter’s website: and information about the 2023 annual conference can be found here:

2023 Lois Swan Jones Award Committee:

Lauren Gottlieb-Miller (Chair) – The Menil Collection

Shari Salisbury – The University of Texas at San Antonio

Lindsey Jackson – The University of Texas at Austin

Call for Applications: ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards

Are you a student who has written a paper that you’re especially proud of, and you want the opportunity to share it with the wider ARLIS Community AND get a $500 prize plus a scholarship to attend the upcoming conference?

Or maybe you’ve got an internship in an art library planned for next year, and you’d like to get paid for it?

Now’s your chance! Please see below for more information on the Student Advancement Awards.

Please submit all applications to ARLIS/NA committee chair, Gwen Mayhew, at

The awards committee members are: Debra Riley-Huff, Giana Ricci, Larry Eames, Jessica Craig, Virginia Seymour and Heather Saunders.


ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards

Submission deadline for both awards – Sunday, December 18th, 2022

Gerd Muehsam Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. Any student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program, or in a graduate program in art history or a related discipline, is encouraged to submit a paper or online project created in conjunction with a course assignment during the previous eighteen months (since June 2021). One submission per person. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Paper or online project about a topic relevant to art librarianship, written as a course assignment.
  • An abstract of 250 words and 10-25 pages typed, double-spaced, for a paper submission, or a 250-word summary for an online project.
  • A title page that includes the student’s name, the name of the institution, the course for which the submission was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the paper/project.
  • Applicants must include their mailing address, email address, and telephone number with their applications.

The award includes:

  • $500.00 prize.
  • Conference registration and up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 51st Annual Conference in Mexico City, April 18th-21st
  • Opportunity to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices in the Profession panel.
  • One-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

For more information, see 


Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award aims to represent the multifaceted nature of the art library field by providing a paid internship opportunity to a student currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library and information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A current résumé.
  • A current transcript in PDF format (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
  • The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  • An essay of up to 900 words addressing your skills, background, and expectations of the internship experience, including the type of institution you are interested in as well as potential project ideas. The essay should also address the following questions:
    • What are your professional goals and how do your plans for the experience funded by the ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award fit into your career path?  In particular, how do you imagine this internship experience to be different than previous internship or work experiences?
    • This award funds a one-year membership in ARLIS/NA. How do you see yourself participating in ARLIS/NA, or another professional organization, in your future professional life?
    • If granted the internship award, when do you plan to fulfill it? 

The award includes:

  • $3,000 to support a 150-hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection. 

For more information, see

All applicants will be notified of the results by January 31, 2023. Both awards will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 51st Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Mexico City in April, 2023. 

Questions? Contact Gwen Mayhew, Chair, Student Advancement Award Subcommittee –

DLF Forum Fellowship Applications open now –  apply by May 31

The Council on Library and Information Resources and the Digital Library Federation are proud to announce that the 2022 Forum fellowship application is now open. This year, they are offering a limited number of fellowship opportunities to enable a diverse group of students and practitioners to attend the 2022 DLF Forum, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland this October. 

Eligibility information for each of the following award categories is available on the website, but DLF member affiliation is NOT required to apply (so please share this opportunity widely!):

  • Fellowships for Students
  • HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Fellowships
  • TCU (Tribal Colleges and Universities) Fellowships
  • Public Library Fellowships
  • Fellowships for Grassroots Archives and Cultural Heritage Organizations

All fellowships will include the following:

  • Complimentary DLF Forum registration 
  • A complimentary room at the conference hotel for three nights (October 9-11)
  • A stipend for travel and incidentals ($650)
  • Invitations to special networking opportunities 
  • The option to present a short lightning talk during the conference 

In return, Fellows agree to share a brief (500 word) reflection on their experiences to be published on the DLF blog after the Forum.

Take a look at our website for more information and the link to this year’s lightweight application. 

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, May 31.

Scholarships for SEI 2022! Apply by March 4th

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), along with the SEI 2022 Implementation Team, are pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships for the 2022 Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI), to be held online on June 20–24, 2022.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding scholarships for SEI 2022. This year, due to the reduced registration fee for the online workshop, we can fund more scholarships than in previous years. This intensive workshop is designed to serve a wide range of information professionals eager to learn about best practices and new technologies and/or update job skills in the realm of digital collections management, as well as to provide significant networking and professional development opportunities. The comprehensive curriculum seeks to address the requirements of today’s cultural heritage information professionals, including hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. SEI provides new professionals, current library school students, and mid-career professionals from a wide range of related fields the opportunity to stay current in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Museum professionals, archivists, visual resources professionals, digital librarians, art and architecture librarians, digital project managers, current and recent graduate students, and others in related fields are all encouraged to attend.


  • The Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive complimentary registration to SEI.
  • SEI 2022 is a synchronous event. All attendees, including Kress Scholarship recipients, are expected to participate fully in the workshop.
  • We encourage you to review the schedule before applying.
  • After the event, each Kress Scholarship recipient will be required to write a summary detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship.
  • Applications will be evaluated by the SEI Co-chairs based, with special consideration given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Are current members of ARLIS/NA or VRA
    • Identify as BIPOC or one of the following US Census categories: African American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native
    • Are currently enrolled in an MA, MLIS, MLS, or related graduate program
    • Demonstrate financial need due to unemployment, underemployment, and/or the impact of COVID-19 on professional development funding

A note on successful applications: 

In addition to asking for brief biographical information, the application form will ask applicants to share a brief statement (200 words or less) about the effect attending SEI would have on your studies and/or your career. We encourage applicants to be as specific as possible in your statement: please tell us how certain SEI workshops or events will directly benefit the work you do in your collection(s) or academic program. We look forward to reading your statement!


  • Kress Scholarship applications open today Monday, February 21, 2022.
  • Applications are due by Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5pm EST. 
  • Recipients will be notified by March 18, 2022

How to apply:

Scholarship Opportunity for the 2022 ARLIS/NA Study Tour to Athens: DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 15, 2022

Thanks to the generous support of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and contributions by ARLIS/NA members, a $1,000 scholarship will be offered to enable an early career ARLIS/NA member to participate in the annual ARLIS/NA IRC Study Tour sponsored by the International Relations Committee (IRC). As previously announced, the 2022 Study Tour will take place in Athens, Greece, from June 27 – July 1. The full itinerary of this unique, behind-the-scenes, opportunity to study special collections at the city’s libraries, museums and archives will be made available by the end of February.

Deadline for applications: March 15, 2022

Who may apply?

ARLIS/NA members who have held a library position(s) for seven years or less and who have not previously joined an IRC Study Tour.

What are the commitments associated with the 2022 IRC Study Tour scholarship?

  • Participate in ARLIS/NA IRC Study Tour to Athens, Greece, June 27 – July 1, 2022
  • Assist the study tour leaders with documentation during and after the tour, including posts on ARLIS/NA social media
  • Assist with the half-day symposium in Athens
  • Following the tour, write a blog post about your experience for the ARLIS/NA web site
  • Organize any relevant materials for sharing on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal
  • Share ideas for ongoing collaboration with Athenian libraries and librarians either formally or informally to ARLIS/NA
  • Provide input to IRC, Professional Development Committee, Awards Committee, ArLiSNAP, and other groups to develop future scholarship opportunities

How to apply?

To apply for the 2022 ARLIS/NA IRC Study Tour Scholarship, complete the online application form and attach a copy of your current C.V. by March 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of IRC members, and applicants will be notified of their status by March 22, 2022.

 Further details:

A guaranteed place for the tour will be held for the scholarship recipient. Funding will be awarded after the recipient registers for the study tour and provides the down payment.