International Children's Literature Research Grant

About the grant

We are now accepting applications for the International Children's Literature Research Grant (ICLRG). The application packet must be received no later than April 19, 2024, to be eligible for consideration.

This grant is designed to promote research by North American scholars who often have limited access to original editions of international children’s books. The ICLRG will fund travel to Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library to conduct research using the Clarke’s Lucile Clarke Memorial Children's Library, especially its international children’s literature resources. Your research may be, but is not limited to, studies in children's literature. The winning applicant will receive $2,000, which is expected to cover transportation and living expenses while visiting the library.  

Read about the Clarke’s collection of children’s literature.

The ICLRG honors Dr. Susan M. Stan, a renowned expert in international and multicultural children's literature, and a generous donor to the Clarke. Dr. Stan never missed an opportunity to share her exuberant passion for international children’s literature. She taught classes as an English professor at Central Michigan University, edited resource books such as The World Through Children's Books (Scarecrow Press, 2002), and spoke at national and international children's literature conferences. Her most recent publication was Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World (ALA Editions, 2014). In 2014 and 2016, Dr. Stan was a member of the jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards given by the International Board on Books for Young People.

Applicant qualifications:

  • Resides in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Possesses either a master’s or doctoral degree, or is currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master’s or doctoral program.
  • Available to carry out research at the Clarke Historical Library during the summer of 2024.

Application instructions

Download and complete the Application packet. Applications may be submitted in electronic (.pdf) or paper format. Electronic applications should be sent to with the subject line Children’s Literature Research Grant Application. Applications sent in paper format should be addressed to:

International Children’s Grant Research Program
Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
250 E Preston St.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859