The Placement and Internship Programme has been suspended for 2013 and 2014

IALL’s Placement and Internship grant programme is designed to assist law librarians who are financially unable to undertake an unpaid or non-stipendiary internship, placement, fellowship or extended visit to a law library outside their own countries. Placements may be for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of two months.

IALL offers one grant each year of up to US$3,000 to assist with the cost of travel and accommodations. A smaller grant may be awarded depending on the duration of the visit or placement, the location of the applicant’s institution and the location of the host institution. Grant recipients also receive a one year complimentary membership in IALL that includes the journal.

The grant recipient should not expect a salary from the host institution. IALL hopes that the applicant’s salary would continue to be paid while on placement.

Grant applicants must have made provisional arrangements with a host institution prior to applying for a grant. IALL does not arrange placements, but the link below may assist interested applicants in identifying placement opportunities:

American Association of Law Libraries.
Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants do not need to be members of IALL.
  • Applicants must be employed in a law library.
  • Preference is given to applicants:
    • who demonstrate promise and are likely to make a significant contribution to the profession;
    • who are early to mid-career librarians;
    • from any country who cannot otherwise afford to travel abroad for professional development;
    • who have not previously received a similar grant for professional development purposes, and who have not worked outside their own country. Note that those who have received a bursary or scholarship to attend IALL’s Conference are eligible to apply for this internship grant.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that an institution has agreed to host them and supply a detailed outline of the proposed internship programme.
  • Applicants must submit a timely report for publication in IALL’s official publication, the International Journal of Legal Information.
  • Placements must be for a minimum of two weeks and no more than two months in duration.
  • The grants are NOT available to:
    • IALL officers or members of the board of the IALL;
    • Students or librarians not currently employed.


Applications should be submitted by letter to the Chair of the Scholarships Committee (see below for contact details) clearly stating that it is a ‘Placement / Internship Grant’ application. The letter should identify the host institution, describe the expected benefit of the internship, and must be accompanied by:

  • A complete curriculum vitae / resume
  • Two written references, one of which must be from the applicant’s current employer
  • Explicit written permission from the applicant’s current employer for the applicant to be available for the placement / internship
  • An outline of the proposed programme
  • An itemized estimate of expenses, including the cost of airfare and accommodations

Any other funding available for the placement / internship should be declared in the application.

Enquiries and Applications should sent via email with full contact details to:

Barbara Garavaglia
Chair, IALL Scholarships Committee
University of Michigan Law Library
801 Monroe St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210


TEL: (+1) 734-764-9338
FAX: (+1) 734-764-5863


Complete applications must be received by the Chair of the IALL Scholarships Committee by 30 April for internships starting between 1 September of one year and 31 August of the year immediately following.

The Grant will be paid in advance of travel once the programme and dates of the internship have been finalized. If an internship grant is not used by the 31st of August in the year following the award, the grant will expire and no monies will be paid.


The Chair will forward all applications received by the deadline to the Scholarship Committee. The Committee will select the successful application and decide on the grant amount. The Chair will report the Committee’s decisions to the IALL board and to the successful applicant – as soon as possible. The Committee may decide to make no award, defer the award, or to vary the amount of the award (the maximum is US$3,000). The Committee’s decisions are final and there is no appeal.