Awards & Grants

Elva Knight Research Grant

This grant is a US$5,000 grant for research in reading and literacy. Projects should be completed within two (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.

This grant is no longer active.

Recent recipients


Alisha Nguyen

Alisha Nguyen, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College
Early Childhood Teachers' Engagement with Queer-Themed Picture Books: A Convergent Mixed Methods Study



Shea Kerkhoff, University of Missouri at Saint Louis College of Education
Learner-Centered Inquiry and Digital Literacy Instruction in Kenyan pre-K–12 Schools


Laura Tortorelli
Texts as Tools: Building a New Empirical Framework for Choosing Texts for Young Readers

Sheri Vasinda and Jodi Pilgrim
Concepts of Online Texts: Examining Elementary Students’ Knowledge and Performance Related to the Conventions of Web-Based Print and Media


Sabina Neugebauer
Motivating Adolescent Literacy: Capturing and Supporting Disciplinary Reading Motivation


Eric Claravall
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


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