International Children's Literature Research Grant

About the grant

Applications are welcome for the International Children's Literature Research Grant (ICLRG). The application packet must be received no later than May 13, 2022 to be eligible for consideration. The ICLRG will fund travel to Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library to conduct research using the international resources in the Clarke Historical Library's Lucile Clarke Memorial Children's Library. The winning applicant will receive $2,000 which is expected to cover transportation and living expenses while visiting the library.  

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 about 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.

Innovative proposals that exploit the rich resources of the Lucile Clarke Memorial Children's Library are encouraged; an extensive collection of Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee books and author dossiers are among these resources. The substance of the research may be but is not limited to studies in children's literature. Applicants may propose using the collection's foreign language resources to promote scholarly endeavor.

All applicants must reside in the U.S. or Canada; possess either a master’s or doctoral degree or be currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian doctoral program; and must be available to carry out research at the Clarke Historical Library during the summer of 2022. Download and read the detailed Process Governing Applications and Rules for more information.

Application instructions

Download and complete the Application packet. Applications may be submitted in electronic (.pdf) or paper format. Electronic applications should be sent to StanTravelGrant@groups.cmich.edu 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

Research grant application process governing applications and rules

  1. All applications must be received by May 13, 2022. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure timely delivery of his or her application. Late applications will not be accepted.
  2. All applications must be signed and filled out completely.
  3. All applications become the property of the Clarke Historical Library/Central Michigan University. Text from the winning application may be used in all or part in any press release or other publicly disseminated material announcing the awarding of the research grant and the research the grant will support.
  4.  All applicants must meet the following criteria:
    1. Possess either a master’s or doctoral degree or be currently enrolled in a doctoral program.
    2. Reside in the U.S. or Canada or be currently enrolled in an American or Canadian university program.
    3. Be available to carry out research at the Clarke Library during the summer of 2022.
    4. Agree to make a public presentation on the CMU campus at the end of their visit to the Clarke Historical Library. This presentation may be a “work in progress” report delivered in a seminar environment, rather than a formal paper.
  5. A committee composed of three or more individuals will be convened by the director of the Clarke Historical Library to consider all applications received on or before May 13, 2022. In ranking the proposals, the committee will consider the following criteria.
    1. How the proposal will use the volumes of international children’s literature found in the Clarke Library.
    2. Potential contribution of the proposal to the literature of the awardee’s discipline.
    3. Likelihood of publication or other public distribution of the research. Preference will be given to proposals having a greater demonstrated likelihood of public distribution. Applications of a purely personal nature will not be considered.
  6. The composition of the committee and the decisions made by the committee are final.
  7. Should the applicant, upon notification of the award, determine that he or she is no longer available to conduct research at the Clarke Historical Library during the summer of 2022, the director of the Clarke Historical Library, in consultation with the committee, may withdraw the award.
  8. Should the applicant fail to conduct the proposed research at the Clarke Historical Library during the summer of 2022, the director of the Clarke Historical Library, in consultation with the committee, may withdraw the award.