- Award Applications
The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting serious scholarship and high standards of criticism in children's literature. To encourage these goals, the Association offers various awards and grants annually, in addition to organizing an annual academic conference.
ChLA Faculty Research Grants have a combined maximum fund of $3,000 per year; individual awards may range from $500 to $1,500, based on the number and needs of the winning applicants. The grants are awarded for proposals dealing with criticism or original scholarship with the expectation that the undertaking will lead to publication and make a significant contribution to the field of children's literature in the area of scholarship or criticism. In honor of the achievement and dedication of Dr. Margaret P. Esmonde, proposals that deal with critical or original work in the areas of fantasy or science fiction for children or adolescents will be awarded the Margaret P. Esmonde Memorial Grant. 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 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 either be members of the Children's Literature Association or join the Association before they receive any funds. Winners should acknowledge ChLA in any publication resulting from the award.
The ChLA Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grants were established to honor the memory of Dr. Hannah Beiter, a long-time supporter of student participation in ChLA. The Beiter Grants have a combined maximum fund of $3,000 per year, and individual awards may range from $500 to $1,500, based on the number and needs of the winning applicants. The grants are awarded for proposals of original scholarship with the expectation that the undertaking will lead to publication or a conference presentation and contribute to the field of children's literature criticism. Beiter Grant funds are not intended as income to assist in the completion of a graduate degree, but as support for research that may be related to the dissertation or master's thesis. The grant may be used to purchase supplies and materials (e.g., books, videos, equipment), as research support (photocopying, etc.), or to underwrite travel to special collections or libraries. Winners must either be members of the Children's Literature Association or join the Association before they receive any funds. Winners should acknowledge ChLA in any publication resulting from the award.
The annual deadline for applying for either the Faculty Research Grant or the Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant is February 1. For further information and application guidelines, visit the Association's Web site or contact the ChLA office (see address below).
In addition to grants, ChLA recognizes outstanding works in children's literature by presenting numerous awards annually. The ChLA Article Award is presented for an article deemed the most noteworthy literary criticism article published in English on the topic of children's literature within a given year. The ChLA Book Award is presented for the most outstanding book of criticism, history, or scholarship in the field of children's literature in a given year.
The Anne Devereaux Jordan Award Committee works to select a recipient of the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature, [End Page 274] which is awarded for significant contribution in scholarship and/or service to the field of children's literature.
The Carol Gay Award, for the best undergraduate paper, and the Graduate Student Essay Award, for the best graduate paper, are presented for academic papers written about some aspect of children's literature. The annual deadline for submissions is February 1; guidelines can be found at the ChLA Web site.
An International Sponsorship Grant is provided by ChLA to sponsor one international scholar to present a paper at the association's annual conference. The paper will be presented in a country or regional focus panel organized by...