Awards and Scholarships

ARLIS/UK & Ireland offers the following awards:

ARLIS Travel & Study Fund

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel and Study Fund has been established to enable the Society to make annual grants to promote research and development in the fields of art, architecture and design librarianship.

The award(s) may be used to travel anywhere within or outside the UK & Ireland to visit libraries or other institutions, to attend a seminar or conference (excluding those organised by ARLIS/UK & Ireland itself), or to facilitate a research project or job exchange. The awards are open to all members of ARLIS/UK & Ireland and may be used to supplement funding from other sources.


ARLIS Travel and Study Fund 2019 information (Word)

Application form (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.

ARLIS Research Fund

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Research Award is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and has been established to support the research activities of librarians, archivists and curators in the art, architecture and design sector. The award is 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 of the applicant, including travel within or outside the UK & Ireland, event attendance, and visits to libraries, collections and institutions (excluding events organised by ARLIS/UK & Ireland itself).

Value: £1000

2020 Award deadline: NB Extended to Friday November 20th, 2020 

ARLIS Research Award 2020 Information

Application form

Annual Conference Awards

Student Bursary Award 

The Annual Conference Student Award is open to full-time or part-time students working for a first degree or post-graduate qualification in librarianship and information studies. It is not essential that applicants are current members of ARLIS/UK & Ireland but membership is looked favourably upon.

The purpose of this award is to enable one student per year to attend the ARLIS/UK & Ireland annual conference free of charge, thereby providing the opportunity to learn more of:

  • The range of visual arts library activity in the UK & Ireland and abroad
  • The nature and variety of visual arts librarianship as a subject specialisation
  • The work and wider network of ARLIS/UK & Ireland

The award consists of a single fully-funded place at the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference. The award does not include travel costs.

NOTES: If you are registered on an appropriate course at ANY point during the current year of the award you are eligible to apply. Previous applicants will be considered. The decisions of the Council of ARLIS/UK & Ireland and its Grants Panel shall be final, and no correspondence regarding these shall be entered into. The Council of ARLIS/UK & Ireland reserves the right to make no award if no suitable application is received.

(The deadline for applications for the 2019 award has now passed.)

Previous award
The Grants Panel awarded the student bursary for the 2017 conference to Laura Elliot, studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies at University College London.