Eligibility and application procedures

Each year, IFLA offers grants to allow newer professionals the possibility to expand their horizons and experience the world of international librarianship. In 2024, IFLA is offering attendance grants to emerging leaders for the IFLA Information Futures Summit. This is made possible through the generosity of Stichting IFLA Global Libraries.

The grants specifically target emerging leaders in the library field aged 25 – 35 who are personal affiliate members of IFLA, staff of an IFLA institutional member or a member of an IFLA Association member.

Purpose of the grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide newer professionals with the opportunity to attend and play a contributory role at an international IFLA event, build their profile within the profession, engage with other professionals across the world and facilitate networking for the advancement of librarianship in the recipients’ institutions, communities, and countries.

What does the Attendance Grant Cover?

The grant covers the full registration fee for the Summit 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 2000 depending on the country of origin.

Successful applicants:

  • from Australia will receive free registration and EUR 500;
  • from IFLA’s Band 1 countries will receive free registration and EUR 1000;
  • from Band 2 or 3, free registration and EUR 2000;
  • find your country’s band using the UNESCO scale and IFLA Band 2022-2024 table.

Applicants must be able to attend the Summit in Brisbane, Australia (and will be responsible for their own visas, if needed, although we will provide letters of invitation) and will be responsible for any additional costs associated with Summit attendance.

What is expected from the grant holders?

Before the Summit, we will expect the emerging leaders to engage in work around the preparation of the 2024 IFLA Trend Report, by providing feedback and ideas on the draft report.

The successful candidates will be required to be onsite at the Summit and participate actively for the duration of the Summit including attendance at a briefing meeting, and to support the process of recording insights from the event as a whole.

Following the Summit, awardees will be required to write a brief article (approximately 500 words) about their Summit experience. The article must be written within four months of the end of the Summit and will be published in the IFLA Newsletter or elsewhere on the IFLA website.


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

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the Emerging Leaders Grant webform and must include:

  1. A 250-word mini-essay answering the question: “What does the future of information look like and what does this mean for libraries?”;
  2. A 250-word mini-essay setting out how participating in the summit will benefit you and your professional community;
  3. Your curriculum vitae (1 page 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 Information Futures Summit in Brisbane, Australia. (ALSO TO TRAVEL).

Your application must be received by 15 July 2024. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

All applicants will receive notification of award status no later than 19 July 2024.

This initiative was made possible thanks to a grant from Stichting IFLA Global Libraries.