Awards and Scholarships

ARLS UK & Ireland offers the following awards:

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

We welcome applications from all – please read the guidelines and complete the application form

Email your completed application to:

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd December 2021

The successful applicants will be notified no later than Friday 17th December 2021.



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.


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.


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.