Awards & Grants

ILA Elva Knight Research Grant

This grant is a US$5,000 grant for research in reading and literacy. Projects should be completed within 2 years and may be carried out using any research method or approach so long as the focus of the project is on research in reading or literacy. Activities such as developing new programs or instructional materials are not eligible for funding except to the extent that these activities are necessary procedures for the conduct of the research. Applicants must be ILA members.

Deadline: January 15



Recent recipients


Eric Claravall

Eric Claravall, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Fostering Historical Thinking to Develop Literacy Skills Among Middle School Students in Special Education



Lynn Shanahan and Mary McVee
Disciplinary Literacies: Ways of Talking, Reading, Writing, Thinking and Acting like an Engineer


Julie Coiro and Carita Kiili
Digital Scaffolds for Evaluating and Synthesizing Argumentative Online Text

Donna Werderich and Michael Manderino
Examining Multimodal Composition in Teacher Education


Tanya Christ and X. Christine Wang
How Emergent Readers Explore and Develop Skills and Strategies for Reading Digital Texts

Amy Stornaiuolo
Exploring Social Reading: Adolescents' Literacy Practices in an Interactive Reading Community


Makeba Wilbourn and Vrinda Kalia
Language and Literacy Development in Dual-language Learners: Examining Relations Between Oral Language, Executive Function, and Literacy Development

Rachael Gabriel and Jessica Lester
The Role of Teacher Language in Mediating Student Understanding During Reading Comprehension Instruction

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