Professional Development Awards

March 2023 – We have granted several awards for travel assistance this year and are pausing applications. Stay tuned to hear when we are open to more applications!

The ARLIS/NA-TC Chapter is pleased to offer an award to enhance the professional development of early, mid, and late career ARLIS/NA members. The awards are intended to support various professional development opportunities, including:

The recipient will receive a maximum of $400. Multiple awards may be granted in one year, depending on fund availability. If you are not sure if an event or training that you are interested in qualifies for the award, please email us.


Applicants for the award must be current ARLIS/NA and/or ARLIS/NA-TC by the time the award is granted.

Applicants who receive partial or no institutional funding toward the cost of attending conferences or workshops or for professional memberships will be given priority.

Preference is given to chapter officers, conference speakers, moderators, ARLIS/NA committee members, students, first-time conference attendees, or new ARLIS/NA members but all are encouraged to apply.

Travel or enrollment must occur within 18 months of receiving the award. 

Awardees must use award funds in their entirety for membership, or registration or travel costs for conference or workshop attendance. If an awardee chooses not to use award funds over and above the cost of ARLIS/NA-TC membership, additional awards may be given at the discretion of the award committee, or the remaining funds will be reserved for future ARLIS/NA-TC programming or awards.

A person who receives an award will not be eligible to apply for another award until after 3 years.

Timeline and Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applicants are asked to submit a letter (via e-mail) to members of the Award Committee. For those seeking the one-year membership, the letter should include a statement of qualifications, the applicant’s current or intended category, and expected benefits or outcomes. Applicants seeking funding for conference attendance should also include their proposed conference program involvement and amount of expected institutional funding.

Please send letters of application to the Award Committee at

Administration of the Award 

The Award Committee will review all applications and select a recipient. The recipient will be informed and asked to accept or decline the award in writing. If the first choice award recipient declines, an alternative person from the applicant pool will be selected and offered the award. Upon receiving written acceptance of the award, the ARLIS/NA-TC Secretary/Treasurer will coordinate with the award recipient to complete the membership process or send the recipient a check prior to the start of the conference.

Award recipients are asked to write a brief report for the Chapter website about their professional development experience; a short presentation or sharing at a Chapter meeting during the year about their award experience is strongly encouraged.

Conference Reports

2019 Travel Award Report – Jennifer Riestenberg

2016 Travel Award Report–Bailey Diers

2014 Travel Award Report–Margit Wilson

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