AkLA Scholarship for Graduate Library Studies



AkLA has established a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity.


An applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:

  • is eligible for acceptance, is currently enrolled, or will be a student in a graduate school program during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received.
  • makes a commitment to work in an Alaska library for a minimum of one year after graduation as a paid employee or a volunteer, or for two semesters for one semester’s financial assistance. A scholarship recipient who fails to fulfill this commitment will be expected to repay the money received. Candidates awarded the scholarship must supply proof of admission to an accredited program before the scholarship is disbursed.


Amount for the next academic year will be $4,000.

Criteria for Selection

An individual will be selected by a Scholarship Committee of AkLA based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated scholastic ability and writing skills
  • Applicant’s response to an essay question regarding his/her professional goals and objectives in pursuing a library career
  • Strength of references. Three Applicant Reference Evaluation Forms are required, at least one of which must be from a librarian. References may include additional comments or letters.
  • For more information visit https://akla.org/scholarships/

Please note new procedures! Fill out the online form, and then mail a current resume, official college transcripts, and three references using this printable Word form, to AkLA Scholarship Committee, Attn: Julie M. Niederhauser, Alaska State Library, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811. A complete application packet must be received by January 15 of the award year. The recipient is announced in the spring of 2020.

Peabody Essex Museum’s Native American Fellowship Program

The Peabody Essex Museum invites applications for a library fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Beginning in early 2020, this twelve-month fellowship in the Phillips Library will provide an emerging librarian of Indigenous descent with exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Mellon Library Fellow will be fully integrated into the Phillips Library team, gaining training and duties comparable to those of an Assistant Librarian. This position will play an integral role in assisting with developing and executing cataloging projects to provide better access to materials related to Indigenous subjects. In addition, the Fellow will collaborate with each Library unit—Manuscript, Print, and Reference—to help support the library’s mission of collecting, stewarding, and providing access to materials and resources for our diverse set of local, regional, and international communities.

The position interfaces across many PEM departments, especially with Collection Services, Curatorial, and Communications regarding the implementation and promotion of projects. Learning the operational aspects of a leading museum library through hands-on training and mentorship will lead to a well rounded experience, and targeted projects offer the chance for achievement and meaningful progress for the Fellow, the library, and PEM. Opportunities for professional development and network building
are integrated into the fellowship.

You can find a description of the program, application guidelines and frequently asked questions at: https://www.pem.org/employment/native-american-fellowship-program/long-term-fellowship

Applications are due next Friday, November 15th

Questions? Email nafellowship@pem.org