Awards and Bursaries

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. In addition to bursaries, HLG also offers funding opportunities, such as the biennial Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA), which is aimed at supporting small, UK based workplace research projects.

In addition to our bursaries, HLG offers a number of other awards intended to recognise wider aspects of the profession, including the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize, which recognises outstanding contributions to the field of medical librarianship.

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.

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.
Leslie Morton Bursary
The Leslie Morton 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.
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.
HLG Conference Bursaries
HLG is committed to supporting the CPD needs of our members, and provides a number of bursaries to our members to allow them to attend the biennial HLG conference.
Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA)
RIWA is a biennial award designed to fund small UK based workplace research projects with the aim of developing a strong evidence base for health information practice.
HLG Sponsored Bursaries – CILIP Conference
Thanks to our status as a SIG, HLG is able to provide bursaries allowing members to attend the annual CILIP Conference, particularly those that wouldn’t ordinarily be able to attend.
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). [ADD IN BRIEF DESCRIPTIVE SENTENCE]
HLG / ALIA Leadership Bursary
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.

Other Bursaries and Awards

HLG Provides a number of other bursaries and awards, in addition to our regular ones listed above:

  • EBLIP Bursaries – HLG offered two full bursaries for members to attend the 10th International EBLIP Conference in Glasgow including travel allowance.
    • 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 provided a 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
  • International Clinical Librarians Conference Bursaries – HLG supported two members to attend the 10th International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Manchester in October 2019
  • UHMLG Bursaries – HLG provides bursaries for events run by University Health & Medical Librarians Group (UHMLG) for their various events. The lucky recipients for the 2019 UHMLG Spring Forum ticket giveaway were Amy Rippon (Roehampton University) and Hazel Fisher (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust).
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