Awards and Scholarships

ARLS UK & Ireland offers the following awards:

ARLIS/UK & Ireland – Global Majority Art Librarianship Scholarship 2022

 

ARLIS UK & Ireland (The Art Libraries Society) are pleased to announce the launch of a new ‘fees only’ scholarship for an individual undertaking a UK accredited Library, Information, or Archive Studies postgraduate qualification as a small first step towards addressing the ongoing underrepresentation of Black library workers and library workers of colour within art librarianship. The scholarship will be awarded annually (subject to financial stability), with details and the application form made available from the ARLIS UK & Ireland website.

We acknowledge that art librarianship in the UK and Ireland continues to be overwhelmingly white. The 2015 UK information sector workforce survey found the profession to be 96.7% white. This reinforces the urgency and importance of steps to increase global majority access to qualifications which often remain a prerequisite for entry to the profession and development to senior roles. While we do not uncritically support the need for a qualification to perform valuable work in libraries, we do believe that university fees are a significant barrier to entry for many. The scholarship is a key recommendation of the ARLIS Equity Steering Group, whose work we are grateful for.

We welcome applicants from Black, Asian or minority ethnic / global majority backgrounds. Students applying to any UK postgraduate (MA, MSc, PgDip, PgCert) course accredited by CILIP are eligible, but courses which include modules or studies relevant to art librarianship (such as placements at a member institution) may strengthen an application. Students applying for full-time, or part-time or modular courses are eligible, as are distance learning options. The successful applicant should be eligible for Home fees. Fees will be paid directly to the university.

Applications for the 2022-3 academic year are now open.

Deadline: 23.59 on Sunday 5th June 2022

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than: Friday 17th June

In addition to the fees award, ARLIS is keen to explore options to enhance the scholarship, such as by offering mentorship or a student placement at a relevant institution and would be happy to discuss this with the successful applicant. We would also encourage and support the successful applicant to consider contributing to the Art Libraries Journal or presenting at the ARLIS Annual Conference. While the amount of financial support offered is strictly limited to covering home fees up to a maximum of £11,000, we recognise that difficulties in circumstances may arise and where possible would seek to assist the successful candidate find additional opportunities if they struggled to continue their studies.

Selection will be based on the strength of the application. Evaluation criteria include how the award will benefit the individual, the interest and relevance of the study or research that will result from undertaking the qualification, and any wider benefits to libraries, librarianship, communities and society.

Please share widely with your networks and any eligible individuals who may be interested. Enquiries can be directed to info@arlis.net.

 

Guidelines

  1. Membership of ARLIS is not a requirement but evidence of engagement with art libraries and archives will benefit an application.
  2. Employment or experience of working in art libraries and archives is not required.
  3. Current officers and Council members of ARLIS/UK & Ireland are eligible to apply however, Grant Panel members are not eligible.
  4. Applications for this round of the scholarship must be to commence study in 2022. The scholarship will be advertised again next year for entry in the 2023/4 academic year.
  5. Within six months of the commencing study, the recipient of the scholarship shall present a written reflection of 1000-1500 words to ARLIS Council, for publication on the ARLIS website.
  6. If an application is not successful, it may be resubmitted the following year.
  7. The Grants Panel may request further information or request clarification of details included in the application.
  8. The decisions of the Grants Panel and ARLIS Council shall be final, and no correspondence regarding them shall be entered into.
  9. ARLIS Council reserves the right to make no award if no suitable application is received.

ARLIS Research Awards

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Research Awards are made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and have been established to support the research activities of librarians, archivists and curators in the art, architecture and design documentation sector, and to open research opportunities to individuals from groups currently underrepresented. The awards are made annually, with details and the application form made available from the ARLIS UK & Ireland website.

The award may be used for any purpose related to the research into the documentation of art, art librarianship or archival practice and may include travel within or outside the UK and Ireland, event attendance, and visits to libraries, collections and institutions (excluding events organised by ARLIS UK & Ireland itself).

Value: two awards (Members Research Award & Non-members Research Award) of £1000 each

The awards are given annually and will usually be advertised late in the year, for a January deadline.

 

 

Guidelines

a. Application for the Non-members Research Award are open to all. In recognition of the necessity for positive action towards addressing underrepresentation within art librarianship, applications from marginalized groups will be looked on favorably, as will applications which engage with any aspect of equality and social justice within art libraries and archives. Employment or experience of working in art libraries and archives is not required.

b. Applicants for the Members Research Award must be members (either personal or institutional), of ARLIS/UK & Ireland. Current officers and Council members of ARLIS/UK & Ireland are eligible to apply however, Grant Panel members are not eligible.

c. The proposed research project must be completed before the end of 2022. Within six weeks of the completion of travel or study, the recipient of any award shall present a full written report of 1000-1500 words to ARLIS Council, for publication on the ARLIS website.

d. If an application is not successful, it may be resubmitted the following year.

e. The decisions of the Grants Panel and ARLIS Council shall be final, and no correspondence regarding them shall be entered into.

f. ARLIS Council reserves the right to make no award if no suitable application is received.

g. Past recipients might apply but should be aware that first-time applicants will have priority. Awards will be made to past recipients only in the absence of first-time applicants.

 

 

Previous awards:

 

ARLIS Travel & Study Fund

ARLIS Travel and Study Fund 2019 information (Word)

2019 award winners

Hannah Dunne-Howrie, National Art Library, V&A Museum. Hannah attended the CILIP Copyright Conference.

You can read the report on her experience here.

Eleanor Gawne, Architectural Association School of Architecture. Eleanor attended the ARCLIB conference, in Venice, May 2019.

You can read the report on her experience here.

2018 award

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel and Study Fund for 2018 was awarded to Alexandra Duncan, Central Saint Martins (UAL). Alex presented a paper at the ARLIS/NA 2018 Conference in New York.

You can read the report on her experience here.