Awards & Grants

The International Literacy Association (ILA) offers the following awards and grants.

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Name Candidate Type Deadline (Month/Day)
Advocacy Award
State and provincial chapters that demonstrate how they are working to affect educational policy and legislation through effective advocacy at the local, state/provincial, and/or national levels
Chapter/Affiliate 12/15
Award of Excellence
Awarded to state and provincial associations that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support chapters and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support the programs and goals of the Association
Chapter/Affiliate 12/15
Celebrate Literacy Award
Organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local, state, or provincial level are nominated by ILA member chapters
Chapter/Affiliate Rolling
Children's and Young Adults' Book Award
Newly published authors apply for this award
Author 03/15
Corwin Literacy Leader Award
presented by ILA

District or school administrator who offers literacy professional development, instructional resource support, and/or specific literacy programs
Administrator 6/1
Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for impactful ongoing professional collaboration
Collaborators 6/1
Exemplary Reading Program Award
State and Provincial Exemplary Reading Program Award Committees accept applications from public, private, charter, and parochial schools where at least one staff member is an ILA member for outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels
Chapter/Affiliate 11/28
Honor Award
Local, student and special interest ILA chapters apply for this award that recognizes well-rounded programs serving the chapter members, the community, the state/provincial association or affiliate, and ILA.
Chapter/Affiliate 12/15
Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship
ILA members apply for this grant to support reading research by promising scholars
Student (Graduate School) 6/1
Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award
ILA members college or university teachers of reading methods or reading-related courses apply for this award or are nominated by peers
Teacher 6/1
Leaders Inspiring Readers Award
ILA member educators and researchers in the focus area of struggling readers apply for this award
Teacher/Researcher 09/28
Local Chapter Community Service Award
Local, student, or special interest ILA chapters apply for this award for outstanding service to their communities and literacy
Chapter/Affiliate 12/15
Maryann Manning Special Service Award
ILA members apply or are nominated by peers for this award, given annually to a member who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment of distinguished service in the field of literacy
Teacher 6/1
Steven A. Stahl Research Grant
ILA member graduate students who have at least three years of teaching experience and who are conducting classroom research apply for this grant
Student (Graduate School) 6/1
Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award
ILA members who have completed dissertations in any aspect of the field of reading or literacy within a certain time period apply for this award
Recent Graduate of Doctoral Program 6/1
William S. Gray Citation of Merit
ILA members who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development—research, theory, practice, and policy—apply or are nominated by a peer for this award
Teacher 6/1


Effective for the 2021 Award Year, the following awards and grants are suspended until further notice pending available funding.

Name Candidate Type
Constance McCullough International Research Grant
ILA members apply for this grant designated for use in international professional development activities outside of the U.S. or Canada
Dina Feitelson Research Award
Authors and others submit an outstanding empirical study published in English in a refereed journal
Elva Knight Research Grant
ILA members apply for this grant for research in reading and literacy
Researcher (school or university based) Graduate Student
Erwin Zolt Digital Literacy Game Changer Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for a significant, enduring, and positive contribution to online literacy education
Teacher/Institution/Collaboration (Technology-Based)
Helen M. Robinson Grant
ILA member doctoral students apply for this grant to assist at the early stages of dissertation research in the areas of reading and literacy
Student (Doctoral)
Nila Banton Smith Teacher as Researcher Grant
ILA member classroom teachers who show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content area literacy
Teacher Researcher (School-Based)
Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant
Elementary classroom teachers of grades K–8 dedicated to teaching purposeful reading and writing apply for this grant

ILA does not offer financial aid for students.

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