Category Archives: Awards, Grants + Scholarships

2023-2024 VRA Internship Award

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) is pleased to invite applications for the 11th VRA Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Applications are accepted May 15 – July 31, 2023.

The VRA Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development along with a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority is given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRA Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of the intern’s academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration.

A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at

2023 Women@MIT Fellowship

MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC) is seeking applicants for its 2023 Women@MIT Fellowship. We invite artists, activists, musicians, writers, and scholars who are engaged in the expansion and expression of knowledge to help inform the understanding of women in MIT’s history and the history of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in those who will apply the interdisciplinary lenses and methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or race and ethnic studies to their work.

The selected Fellows will work with the Women@MIT project archivist and other staff within MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections. Successful candidates must be willing to engage in archival research either in person or in a remote environment. The fellowship is supported by a stipend of $5,000 for each Fellow.

About the Fellowship

Fellows will focus on the creation and sharing of knowledge and history present in the Women@MIT collections in informative and engaging ways within the scope of the interdisciplinary fields of women’s studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies. Participants will help inform the narrative of women’s history at MIT and contribute to the greater understanding of the history of women at the Institute and in STEM.

This year, two Fellows will be selected. These may be researchers working as a team or two individuals.

Fellows are encouraged to produce work in fields outside of traditional academic research and publication. A few examples of possible projects include:

  • Short film
  • Artistic performance (musical, theatrical, etc.)
  • Podcast
  • Comic book, graphic novel, or zine
  • Develop a video game prototype
  • Essay, group of poems, or work of fiction
  • Sculpture, installation, or other artwork
  • Curation of an online exhibit


  • Participants will spend 10 to 15 hours a week engaged in research (either in person or using digital copies of materials) or other work related to their project
  • Participants will spend 1 to 3 hours a week taking part in meetings, programs, and opportunities for collaboration with other MIT Libraries staff
  • All participants must complete a project that will be shared with the public within 60 days of the completion of the fellowship


  • Applications are due by midnight on May 20, 2023 with expectations of reaching out to candidates for next steps by mid-June.
  • The process will include a review by committee members, selection of finalists, with interviews scheduled for early June.
  • Fellowship dates are flexible but should take place between July and September 2023

Stipend and Benefits

The Women@MIT Fellows will each receive a stipend in the amount of $5,000.

Other benefits include extensive research support from DDC staff as described above, with opportunities to build connections with librarians, archivists, and curators in other local libraries and museums.


The Fellowship is open to applicants 18 years or older.

In order to make the archives more accessible to researchers from a wide range of interests and practices, we encourage people to apply regardless of their educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Application materials

  • A 1500-1800 word project proposal detailing the applicant’s plan for the fellowship’s work product and commitment to interdisciplinary methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or ethnic studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume or Statement of Experience

Apply using our submission form.

Proposal guidelines

Applicants should provide a detailed description of the proposed research and the resulting project. The description should:

  • outline the major question, problem or themes to be explored
  • summarize the plan for carrying out the project, including an estimated timeline
  • describe how this proposal intersects with the applicant’s work and area of expertise
  • discuss how this work will inform a greater understanding of women in STEM
  • summarize how you are equipped to complete this project and what unique experience or skills you bring to it


The 2023 Women@MIT Fellows will be selected based on the quality and consistency of work samples, the potential of the proposed project to be accessible and interesting to a diverse audience, and the connections between the proposed project and the MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections’ materials.

About MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections

Distinctive Collections collects, preserves, and fosters the use of unique and rare materials such as tangible and digital archives, manuscripts, ephemera, artists’ books, and more. With these collections the Libraries seek to cultivate an interest in the past, present, and future; the humanistic and the scientific; and the physical and the digital in order to inspire and enable research, learning, experimentation, and play for a diverse community of users.

The Women@MIT archival initiative seeks to add the records of women faculty, staff, students, and alumnae to the historic record by collecting, preserving, and sharing their lives and work with MIT and global audiences. Extending from this initiative the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections is also making efforts to acquire, preserve, and make accessible the papers of gender non-binary and non-conforming individuals at MIT to help preserve their stories and contributions.

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates. People who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions are encouraged to apply.

Scholarships for the 2023 Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI)

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), along with the SEI 2023 Implementation Team, are pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships for the 2023 Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI), to be held online on June 12-16, 2023.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding scholarships for SEI 2023. This year, due to the reduced registration fee for the online workshop, we are able to 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 2023 is a synchronous event and 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, 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 look forward to reading your statement! We encourage you 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 or academic program. 


  • Kress Scholarship applications will open Monday, February 13, 2023. Applications are due by Monday, February 27 at 5pm EST. 
  • Recipients will be notified by March 10, 2023

How to Apply:

ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter Winberta Yao Travel Award

The Mountain West Chapter of ARLIS/NA is pleased to invite applications for the Winberta Yao Travel Award. The recipient of the Winberta Yao Travel Award will receive $395, the cost of standard early rate registration for attendance at the 51st annual ARLIS/NA Conference being held in Mexico City from April 18-21, 2023.

Applicants must be current members of ARLIS/NA MW and ARLIS/NA and live in the Mountain West region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming). 

For application instructions and additional details, please visit the Winberta Yao Travel Award webpage at:

For further conference details, please visit the conference website at:

Applications are due by 9am MST on Monday, February 27, 2023.

For information/inquiries, contact:

Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee, ARLIS/NA MW Chapter

Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor,

Rachel Castro,

ARLIS/Southern California Chapter Judith A. Hoffberg Travel Award

Dear ARLIS/Southern California colleagues,

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter we are delighted to announce the 2023 Chapter travel awards for the 51st Annual Conference in Mexico City from 4/18 – 4/21. This year the Chapter is offering 1 award for $700. 

The application deadline for the award is Monday, February 27, 2023.  It is open to students, staff, and professionals at all levels.

ARLIS/Southern California Chapter Judith A. Hoffberg Travel Award

This award honors the Chapter’s founder, Judith A. Hoffberg (1934-2009). $700 will be granted to the award recipient.


Membership: Applicants must be members in good standing of both ARLIS/NA and the Southern California Chapter.

Financial need: Only applicants who receive partial or no institutional funds towards conference attendance will be considered. Eligible applicants may include current board members.

Selection will be weighted toward those applicants who best fulfill the following guidelines:

Are attending the ARLIS/NA annual conference for the first time,

Are actively participating in the conference in such roles as speaker, moderator, recorder, workshop attendee, etc.

Conditions of the award: Award winner must commit to some level of conference participation such as workshop attendee, speaker, recorder, hospitality desk volunteer, etc.

Award winner must submit a written conference report for publication in Canvas, the Chapter newsletter.

This report will include an account of the recipient’s personal conference experiences and how the award contributed to their professional development.

Letters of application are due by Monday, February 27, 2023.

Recipients will be notified by Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Winners must confirm in writing that they are able to meet the requirements of conference attendance.

Please reach out to the ARLIS/NA SoCal Travel Committee members with any questions: Amy Ciccone ( and Laura Darlington (

ARLIS/NA Southeast Professional Development Award

Apply for the ARLIS/NA Southeast Professional Development Award!

  • Are you an art librarian or library student living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands territory?
  • Are you hoping to attend the 51st  ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, April 18-21, 2023?
  • Are you looking forward to a regional ARLIS meeting, international ARLIS conference, or another professional development opportunity sponsored by the Art Libraries Society?

To encourage the professional development of our members, the Art Libraries Society of North America Southeast Chapter (ARLIS/NA-SE) will sponsor one $700 (USD) award for the strongest applicant to participate in an ARLIS-related professional development event or activity. Please see below for eligibility and required duties of the award recipient.

To apply, complete the online application form by 11:55 pm EST Wednesday, February 22, 2023. The recipient will be notified by February 27th, in order to catch the early registration rate ending March 6th. All applicants will be notified regardless of outcome.


The purpose of this award is to cultivate a talented, dedicated, and educated group of professionals for the ARLIS/NA organization as well as the ARLIS/NA-SE chapter. Funds from this award may be used to defray expenses associated with professional development activities at an annual ARLIS/NA conference, ARLIS regional meeting, or other ARLIS-sponsored professional development activity


Any individual meeting these criteria may apply for the award; however first-time applicants are given preference:

  • Currently resides in the geographic area served by the ARLIS/NA-SE chapter (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • Membership in ARLIS/NA-SE and ARLIS/NA at the time of application is not required, although preference will be given to current ARLIS/NA-SE members.
  • Currently be either employed in the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship, or enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate degree in librarianship.
  • Current students, individuals beginning their professional career within the field of Art Information in the past five years, and paraprofessionals who are becoming active in ARLIS/NA or ARLIS/SE for the first time may be included.
  • Recipients of the award may not reapply in future years.

Award Recipient Duties

The Professional Development Award recipient is expected to:

  • Attend an event (such as a conference) or activity (such as a professional development training or institute) sponsored by ARLIS. The event or activity may be in person or virtual.
  • If attending the ARLIS/NA Conference:
    • Participate in the ARLIS/NA Conference Networking program (if they have not previously done so).
    • Attend the ARLIS/NA-SE Chapter meeting at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
  • For any professional development event or activity:
    • Submit a written report on his or her conference activities within one month of completion. The report should be submitted to the ARLIS/NA-SE webmaster to be posted to the ARLIS/NA-SE webpage and to the ARTifacts Editor for inclusion in our chapter newsletter.
    • Serve on the 2024 Professional Development Travel Award Committee and subsequently chair the committee in 2025. 

Previous Award Winners

Delmas Foundation Funding for ARLIS/NA 2023 Conference Attendance in Mexico City

Announcing conference attendance grants for attendees from Latin America, student members, and first-time attendees! 

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation* has very generously provided ARLIS/NA with a grant of $12,000 to support attendance at the Society’s upcoming Mexico City conference. We will be offering sixteen awards of $750 each to applicants who are attendees from Latin America, student members, or first-time attendees.  

If you are a first-time attendee, a student member, or if you live and work in Latin America, we invite you to submit a request for travel support.  We will be accepting applications through February 22nd, but the awards will be dispersed on a rolling basis.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.  

To be considered for a Delmas Foundation grant award, fill out this form.

If you have questions, contact Rebecca Price:


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