ChLA Diversity Research Grant

(Submission Period: December 15 - February 1)


The Diversity Research Grant, initiated in 2013 and approved by the board for disbursement beginning in 2014, is a grant to support research related to children’s and young adult cultural artifacts (including media, culture, and texts) about populations that have been traditionally underrepresented or marginalized culturally and/or historically. Applications for this grant are to be considered annually and will be awarded as warranted. Awards will range from $500 to $1000, depending upon the winning proposal’s projected budgetary considerations. Each grant will be awarded with the expectation that the undertaking will lead to publication and make a significant contribution to the field of children's literature scholarship or criticism. Within two years of receiving the grant, the recipient will be asked to submit a paper proposal based upon the project for presentation at a ChLA annual conference.

Applications will be evaluated based upon the quality of the proposal and the potential of the project to enhance or advance Children's Literature studies. Funds may be used for -- but are not restricted to -- research-related expenses such as travel to special collections, subvention funds, or purchasing materials and supplies. The awards may not be used for obtaining advanced degrees, for researching or writing a thesis or dissertation, for textbook writing, or for pedagogical projects. Winners must be members of the Children's Literature Association before they receive any funds. Winners must acknowledge ChLA in any publication or other presentation resulting from the grant.

General guidelines:

  • Upload the proposal as an attachment dated within the application period (January 1 - February 1 annually). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications and supporting materials should be written in or translated into English. If you are applying for both a Diversity Research Grant and a general ChLA Research Grant, you must state this in your application.

  • The ChLA Diversity Committee will screen all proposals and select the awardee(s).

  • The ChLA Diversity Committee is encouraged to communicate openly with the Grants Committee since some submissions could be appropriate for both submission processes.

  • Winners will be notified in April, and the awards will be announced at the ChLA annual conference. Winners are urged to attend the conference if at all possible to receive the award.

  • Members of the ChLA Diversity Committee are not eligible to apply. Recipients of a Diversity Research Grant are not eligible to reapply until the third year from the date of the first award. (In the event the ChLA Board institutes another time interval - whether longer or shorter - the vote of the Board shall supersede the three-year interval rule.)

  • In a given year, if there are no proposals for the Diversity Research Grant that the Diversity and/or Grants Committee deems of sufficient quality to support ChLA's aims, no grants will be given. Conversely, if there are multiple Diversity Research Grant proposals of high quality, it is possible that multiple grants will be made, in which case the award may be less than the proposed budget.

  • Grant recipients are required to submit a progress report of the project to the chair of the Diversity Committee by April - May of the year following the award and a summary report of the completed project to the chair of the Diversity Committee by April-May of the second year, prior to the presentation of the ideas at the conference.

Proposals should take the form of a single Word document and include the following information: 

  • Cover page including name, telephone number, mailing address and e-mail address, as well as academic institution and status/rank (student, professor, librarian, etc.) or institution applicant is affiliated with (library, publisher, etc.), if any.
  • A detailed description of the research proposal (not to exceed three single-spaced pages), including:
    • An explanation of its nature and significance (e.g., contribution to the field, methodology)
    • If part of a larger project, indication of the specific work that the grant would support
    • A tentative budget for this work
    • The time frame in which the work will be conducted
  • A vitae that includes a bibliography of major publications and scholarly achievements (degrees, honors, etc.).

Only applications that are complete and received as of February 1, annually, will be considered. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to acknowledge receipt of proposal.