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Health Libraries Group awards/bursaries

Photo:  Imrana Ghumra (Co-Chair of HLG) with prize winners at the HLG 2016 Conference held in Scarborough.

HLG offers a number of grants and bursaries to support the continuing professional development of our members. These include conference bursaries to attend both national and international conferences, financial assistance to support unemployed members attending our courses. Additional awards include the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize to recognise outstanding services to medical librarianship and the biennial Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA) to support small UK based workplace research projects with the aim of developing a strong evidence base for health information practice. 

Guidelines: Unless otherwise indicated, applicants for HLG grants and bursaries must be current CILIP members. The value of the grants and bursaries is at the discretion of the Health Libraries Group Committee. The Committee’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. The Committee reserves the right not to make an award.
A condition of being awarded funding is that recipients will share their experiences with HLG members and, if requested, will provide a report, conforming to the guidelines on the HLG website.

HLG/ALIA Australia Leadership Bursary Place

HLG is pleased to launch a new international Leadership Exchange Bursary with Health Libraries Australia (ALIA/HLA).  HLG, together with the ALIA Board and HLA Executive will each be offering a unique travel bursary for an emerging leader in our profession to attend our partner’s conference in July 2020.


HLG Conference bursaries

HLG will be supporting 25 members to attend the HLG 2020 conference in Aviemore. Please see the Conference Bursaries page for further details.

Bishop and LeFanu Lecture

The Bishop and LeFanu Memorial Lecture was established in 1968 and is currently given at the biennial HLG Conference on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting.

Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize

Established in 1962, this prize is awarded by the Health Libraries Group Committee in recognition of outstanding services to medical librarianship and is awarded at the biennial HLG Conference.

The 2018 recipient was Richard Osborn for his outstanding contribution to medical librarianship.

Thank you to all HLG Members who nominated the 2020 recipient.  Nominations have now closed  and the winner will be announced at the HLG Conference.

EBLIP 2019 Bursaries

HLG offered two full bursaries for members to attend the 10th International EBLIP Conference in Glasgow including travel allowance. The bursaries were awarded to:

Anna Brown, CEBIS Specialist at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
Ann Stairmand-Jackson, Librarian at Birmingham City University 


Health and Care Explained Event Bursary

HLG is providing one bursary and travel allowance for an HLG member to attend the Health and Care Explained Event taking place at the King’s Fund on 20th January 2020. The lucky recipient was Ryan Woodward from City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust

HLG International Award

The HLG International Award was established in 2012 and is run in partnership with CILIP’s International Libraries Group (ILIG) and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi).


HLG sponsored Bursaries - CILIP conference

HLG will be supporting members to attend the 2020 CILIP Conference in Southport, between 3rd and 4th November.


International Clinical Librarians Conference (ICLC) Bursaries

HLG supported two members to attend the 10th International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Manchester in October 2019

Leslie Morton Bursary

The 2019 recipient of the Leslie Morton bursary was Anne Gray, Knowledge Officer at Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit to attend EAHIL in Basel.

The Bursary was established to encourage attendance at international conferences in health librarianship, medical bibliography or medical history and awards up to £1,000 to the successful recipient.

Applications for the 2020 Leslie Morton Bursary are now open

Research in the Workplace Award

Applications for the 2020 Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA) will open later in the year.

The 2018 Award, sponsored by HLG, UHMLG and LIRG, was given to Reading for Health, a collaborative proposal submitted by Carol Hallesy, Knowledge Services Manager at NHS Lanarkshire and Lynn Clark at CultureNL Libraries.

Applications  have now closed for two bursaries to support HLG members attending the UHMLG Spring Forum in London.   The two lucky recipients will be announced soon. 


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