Awards & Grants

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

Name 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
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
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
Children's and Young Adult Book Awards
Newly published authors apply for this award
Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for impactful ongoing professional collaboration
Dina Feitelson Research Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for recent publication that recognizes an outstanding empirical study, published in English in a refereed journal, that reports on an investigation of aspects of literacy acquisition.
Elva Knight Research Grant
ILA members apply for this grant to support research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice.
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
Helen M. Robinson Grant
ILA members apply for this award to support their dissertation research in the area of reading and literacy.
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.
Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship
ILA members apply for this grant to support reading research by promising scholars
Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award
College or university teachers of reading methods or reading-related courses who are ILA members apply for this award or are nominated by peers
Local Chapter Community Service Award
Local, student, or special interest ILA chapters apply for this award for outstanding service to their communities and literacy
Maryann Manning Special Service Award
ILA members who serve as a member of a special interest group, AUA chapter, or a local, state, provincial, or national chapter or affiliate apply for this award.
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
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
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

ILA does not offer financial aid for students.

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