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Scholarship Awards

Scholarships for Conference Support

Due to the public health crisis,  AJL’s 2021 conference will be a fully digital experience: “AJL Conference 2021: Moving Forward.” Conference information, including registration, can be found HERE. Current members who wish to apply for a scholarship to cover the conference registration fee are asked to contact Conference Registrar Marcie Eskin at marcie.eskin@gmail.com prior to registering.

Judy R. Cohn Conference Support
Named for long-time AJL member and Southern California Chapter President (2006-2012), the Judy R. Cohn Conference Support Fund assists AJL members with the expense of attending AJL’s annual conferences. Support is based on financial need, weighted toward applicants with involvement in AJL. 

EBSCO Scholarship for AJL Conference Attendance 
EBSCO Information Services provides funding annually to subsidize conference expenses for first time attendees and current students or recent (within two years) graduates of programs related to the work of AJL (library and information science, Judaic or Hebrew studies, etc). Scholarship is based on financial need. Current membership and full conference registration are required. 

Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe
Funds have been made available by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe to support conference attendance by European Judaica librarians.  Applicants are expected to participate actively in the conference (e.g., presenting, planning programs), and will be asked to report on their conference activities. Applicants seeking support should indicate their eligibility on the application form.

Groner-Wikler Scholarship for AJL Conference Attendance
The Groner-Wikler Scholarship, funded by Kar-Ben Publishing in honor of founders Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler, awards a scholarship for AJL conference attendance to an AJL member who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children’s literature and library services. Current membership and full conference registration are required.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AND CONFERENCE SUBVENTION

Academic Scholarship for Students
The Association of Jewish Libraries awards an annual academic scholarship to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based.

Conference Scholarship for Students
AJL provides a conference subvention for attendance at the Association of Jewish Libraries’ annual conference to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room is included. As such, conference attendance is required. This award is merit-based rather than needs-based.

Both awards also include a service component at the conference to benefit the Association of Jewish Libraries to be determined by the awardees and committee. For example, awardees could volunteer during the conference or write up their experience for the AJL Newsletter.

Applicants must indicate which award(s) (student scholarship or conference subvention) they seek.