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Travel Grants

AILA Travel Grant Scholarship 

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) will provide financial assistance to two library professionals currently working in a tribal library of any kind to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Deadline: April 21, 2017


The AILA 2017 Conference Travel Scholarship will provide $1200.00 to support attendance at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from June 22-27, 2017 in Chicago, IL. This will be used to help cover registration and travel expenses.


  • Applicant must be a current AILA member in good standing
  • Applicant must be working in tribal library of any kind OR Applicant must be an active member of an AILA committee


  • Applicant possesses a master’s degree or doctoral degree in library and/or information science
  • Applicant is American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian
  • Applicant is enrolled in a federally recognized tribe
  • Applicant has not previously received an AILA Travel Grant


  • Completed AILA Conference Travel Scholarship Application: Please type your responses into the Scholarship Application, then save it. Name the document in this format: LASTNAME_ANNUAL_2017_Conference_Travel
  • Statement of Need: Please state in 500 words or less the reason you are requesting travel assistance
  • E-mail both the AILA Conference Travel Scholarship Application and the Statement of Need to: Holly Tomren (
    If you would prefer, you can mail the Application and Statement of Need to:
    Holly Tomren
    Drexel University Libraries
    3300 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • The AILA Scholarship Committee will select the Travel Scholarship recipients.
  • Application deadline: April 21, 2017
  • Award Recipients are notified: May 4, 2017
  • Travel award check distributed prior to conference: May 11, 2017
  • Recipients of the ALA scholarship will be required to attend the AILA Business Meeting on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Recipients are encouraged to attend AILA programs.


  • The scholarship shall be administered under the By Laws of AILA.


  • Recipients must use the scholarship for travel expenses to and from the conference and attend the business meeting of AILA. In case the terms of the scholarship are violated, the Scholarship will be rescinded and the recipient is required to return the funds in full amount to AILA.
  • In the event that no applicants satisfy the criteria, no travel awards will be given, with the option to grant additional awards the following year.
  • Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for the scholarship in a subsequent year, but may not receive a scholarship award for more than 2 consecutive years.
  • AILA may ask recipient to report on the conference experience for the AILA newsletter.
  • Total scholarship awards of $600 or more from AILA in one calendar year are subject to federal income tax.