CILIP ILIG Alan Hopkinson Award 2019

Applications for the 2019 Alan Hopkinson Award are now open.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) invite applicants from Europe to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conference in Athens in 2019.  This award enables a qualified librarian, who is a CILIP member to visit IFLA.

Alan Hopkinson was an active member of CILIP ILIG from 2004 until his death.  As well as regularly attending IFLA conferences, he was very interested in assisting young professional librarians from developing countries.  He was involved in Commonwealth fellowship scheme, and in training young professionals from far Eastern Europe.  Following his death, in 2016, a trust fund was set up for a CILIP member outside the UK to attend the IFLA conference.


Applicants should have a maximum of five years post-qualification experience.

The selection panel encourages applications for the 2019 award from Europe only.  Given the emergence and importance of new professionals within international librarianship, applications for 2019 will be considered from qualified librarians of any age with up to five years post-qualification experience.

A panel comprising members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and members of the committee of its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.


The award covers the IFLA conference fee and £100 towards travel and accommodation.

Applicants are required to write a reflective report of not more than 4,000 words within six months of their visit, and a version for publication in Focus on International Library and Information Work, the ILIG journal.

Applicants should submit a formal proposal in English of up to 500 words (equivalent to 1–2 pages of A4 paper) detailing how the visit will support their professional development within the context of their career to date and using the headings of ‘Visit objectives’ ‘Planned approach and content’ ‘Application of learning post-visit’

You should attach a Curriculum Vitae of up to two pages in length, including the names of two referees in senior posts. Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of their line-manager or organisation, prior to submitting an application. The deadline for the receipt of proposals for the 2019 Alan Hopkinson Award is 31st March 2019.  The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April 2019.

The proposal should be sent by e-mail to Anna Jablkowska, the ILIG Secretary, at