GNARP Offers Scholarship for Librarian Exchange Travel

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Judy Alspach -

The German North-American Resources Partnership (GNARP), Bibliothek & Information International (BII)—the standing committee for the promotion of international professional exchange of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland, the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations—and the Goethe-Institut New York (GI) announce the first “GNARP Scholarship”.

The scholarship consists of two stipends: one for a librarian from North America to travel to Germany, and one for a German librarian to travel to North America. The amount of the stipend is $900 for each recipient. This scholarship program supports the focus of these three organizations on promoting and intensifying professional exchange between librarians from Germany and North America.

Eligible applicants must be working as a librarian in the United States, Canada, or Germany. The scholarship is intended to assist in financing a one- to two-week stay in a location in the United States, Canada, or Germany where there is a library that belongs to the GNARP network. This stay should preferably take place within the context of participation at a professional conference. In your application, please state how you expect the exchange to enhance particular areas of professional expertise. You can either name a library within the network you would like to visit, or GNARP, BII, and the Goethe-Institut will find a library that features your areas of interest. In keeping with the focus of GNARP, this program is primarily aimed at colleagues who work in academic libraries.

A jury of representatives of GNARP, BII, and the Goethe-Institut will select the stipend recipients, based on the strength of the applications. Award recipients will be notified at the end of March. The jury’s decision and the names of the recipients will be published on the web site of the Goethe-Institut.

The Goethe-Institut requires that the scholarship recipients contribute to the “Librarian in Residence” blog during their stay. Bibliothek & Information International requests a followup report, and the report and author contact details will be published on the webpage of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Western European Studies Section (WESS).

Please note: If you are applying for this scholarship, you may not apply for any additional support from the Goethe-Institut or Bibliothek & Information International in the same year. The project does not support dissertation research travel. Please send the completed application to by February 28, 2011.

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