About the Award

The English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award 2015, from UK library and information professionals who are personal members of CILIP. The Award is £3000 to cover flights and some accommodation. The successful candidate is free to put together their own programme of visits although help and advice will be available.

The ESU has a network of international branches and, where possible, the candidate is encouraged to take up hospitality with branches and attend local ESU events. The successful candidate is expected to cover further incidental costs. Normally the visit lasts about 2-3 weeks and takes place during the Autumn.

Follow the link below to access the ESU webpages on the Travelling Librarian Award.


The closing date for 2015 applications is Monday 27 April, 2015. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be:

a) UK library and information professionals and;

b) a personal member of CILIP at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

Candidates should read the notes for applicants prepared by the English Speaking Union (see below). This sets out the selection criteria and should inform your application. It also has more detals about the award.

How to Apply

Candidates should:

- Apply by email or post with a CVcover letter, and reference letter from your current/ most recent employer

- Send your completed application to education@esu.org or Education, ESU, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. References may be emailed/ posted separatey if needed.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at the ESU in London on Wednesday 20 May 2015

A professional development opportunity

On return, the successful candidate will be expected to give some presentations and produce a short report. Past recipients have found the study tour a rewarding personal and professional experience which has often helped advance their career.

The English-Speaking Union aims to strengthen international understanding through a variety of cultural and educational programmes and scholarships. As part of its international policy, CILIP aims to provide opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives by sharing experience and expertise with overseas colleagues.

If you have any queries contact: Guy Daines, Head of Policy, CILIP guy.daines@cilip.org.uk 020 7255 0632

Previous Winners

2014's Travelling Librarian was Elizabeth Williams, a subject librarian at Goldsmith's University of London. Elizabeth visited the University of Pretoria to explore their HE outreach activities especially in regard to the promotion of literacies. Her study trip took place in early March 2015. Her report is posted below.

You will find the reports of earlier winners in the links below.