Margreet Wijnstroom Grant for attending the IFLA WLIC 2019

It is our great pleasure to announce the Margreet Wijnstroom Grant to provide support for two (2) delegates from the least developed countries of the world to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2019 in Athens, Greece.

Who was Margreet Wijnstroom?

Margreet Wijnstroom (1922-2018) was the first female IFLA Secretary General and also the first full-time Secretary General. She oversaw the move of IFLA Headquarters from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands in 1971 and over the course of the following 16 years she helped IFLA more than quadruple in size and strength.

Margreet’s real passion was to expand IFLA’s global engagement and to this end she gave particular attention to redefining librarianship in the developing world. 

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What does the grant cover?

The grant will cover the full registration fee and EUR 500 for other expenses for each of the successful candidates.


  • The grant is available to librarians and library workers from all library types.
  • The applicant must be from one of the least developed countries (according to the UN LDC list).
  • The applicant must be a member of his/her national library association (where applicable).
  • Priority will be given to the applicants who are a first-time attendee to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.
  • The applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel.
  • The applicant must declare that she/he is able to fund all other costs beyond the grant that are involved in attending the Congress, e.g. all hotel, travel and subsistence expenses NOT covered by the Grant.

How to apply?

The application should include a single file merging the following documents:

  1. Motivation letter, outlining the professional benefit for them to attend WLIC (max 300 words);
  2. One-page Curriculum Vitae containing academic qualifications, work history and involvement in professional activities or library innovation projects;
  3. A declaration that the applicant is able to fund all other costs beyond the grant that are involved in attending the IFLA WLIC, e.g. all other hotel, travel and subsistence expenses not covered by the grant;
  4. Proof of membership of national library association (i.e. copy of membership card, letter from the association etc.);
  5. A statement indicating that if you are a recipient of this Grant, you have approval and support from your employer to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece.

Applications should be submitted in English language to: Please include “Margreet Wijnstroom IFLA grant” in the email subject line.

Important dates

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified that they have received a full registration to the Congress by 16 April 10 May 2019. Applicants must confirm their attendance within two weeks of notification.