Eligibility and application procedures

1. Description

 Each year, IFLA offers a number of grants in order to allow newer professionals with the ambition to expand their horizons and experience the possibility to take part in the most international event in the library calendar.   

In 2023, IFLA is offering WLIC attendance grants to emerging leaders. These grants aim to empower and motivate young professionals to engage with the international library field.  

The grants specifically target emerging leaders in the library field 25 – 35 years of age and who are personal members of IFLA or staff of an IFLA institutional member.  

The IFLA Emerging Leaders Grant will provide support for a small group of to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2023 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands 


 2. Purpose of the grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide newer professionals with the opportunity to attend the IFLA Congress, engage with other professionals across the world and facilitate networking for the advancement of librarianship in the recipient’s institution, community, and country. 


 3. What does the Attendance Grant Cover?

The grant covers the full registration fee for the Congress and an amount to partially support attendance. The attendance component can be used to support travel, accommodation or other expenses and is between Euro 500 and Euro 1000 depending on the country of origin.  

Successful applicants  

  • from IFLA’s Band 1 countries will receive Euro 500  
  • from Band 2 or 3, Euro 1000.  
  • Find your country’s band here 

Applicants must be able to attend the Congress and will be responsible for any additional costs associated with Congress attendance. 

4. What is expected from the grant holders?

The successful candidates will be required to be onsite at the Congress and participate actively for the duration of the Congress including attendance at least one of the emerging leaders’ sessions (focused on libraries delivering on the SDGs), the newcomers’ session, and at least one briefing meeting. 

Following the Congress, awardees will be required to write a brief article (approximately 500 words) about their Congress experience. The article must be written within 4 months of the end of the Congress and will be published in IFLA newsletter or on the IFLA blog.


5. Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a personal affiliate of IFLA or associated with an IFLA member. Your membership code or the code of your association or institution is requested. 
  • The applicant must be willing to share their experience at the IFLA Congress with their national library association and wider community and with IFLA. 
  • The applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel. 
  • The applicant must declare that he/she/they is able to fund all other costs beyond the grant that are involved in attending the Congress, e.g. all other hotel, travel and subsistence expenses NOT covered by the Grant allowance 
  • The applicant must declare that he/she/they have the ability to attend the conference and are not prevented from travelling to The Netherlands. They should also declare that they apply in full knowledge of COVID restricting policies issued by either their country or institution (if applicable).

6. Application Procedures

 Applications must go through the Emerging leaders grant webform and must include: 

  1.  A 250-word mini-essay answering the question: “What is holding us back in realising libraries’ potential to contribute to development ?”
  2. A 250-words mini-essay setting out how participating in the conference will accelerate your own career and benefit your community, and how you plan to do this.
  3. Your curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum).
  4. A copy of an ID stating your Date of Birth.
  5. A statement indicating that you have approval from your employer (if applicable), that if you are a recipient of this Grant, that you have their support to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (ALSO TO TRAVEL). 


Your application must be received by 26 May 2023. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. 

All applicants will receive notification of award status no later than 9 June 2023.