2021 Scholarship Details


Bloomsbury Digital Resources 2021 Charleston Conference Grant for Early Career Librarians

Bloomsbury Digital Resources will select 2 applicants to receive a conference grant of $800 each. Application Deadline: October 18, 2021


Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Scholarship

Springer Nature is proud to honor the legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd by sponsoring an annual scholarship for library employees to attend the Charleston Conference. Cynthia Graham Hurd was a librarian for over 31 years in Charleston public and academic libraries.  She worked as the branch manager of the popular St. Andrews Regional Library, and as a part-time reference librarian at the College of Charleston. On June 17, 2015, her life ended when a lone gunman entered the historic Emanuel AME Church and killed nine people during a prayer meeting. Cynthia is remembered as a “tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth.” Application deadline is October 18.


Wiley Librarian Scholarship Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Wiley Librarian Scholarship Award to the 2021 Charleston Library Conference; deadline is October 8, 2021.

The Wiley Network is an online community designed to offer advice, ideas, and collaboration opportunities for researchers, learners, and professionals as they pursue their goals. The Wiley Network includes contributions from industry thought-leaders, professionals, researchers, and educators, and posts contain opinions from those with years of experience and those starting out, as well as helpful hints and updates to help you stay ahead of the changing world.

Recognizing that the voice of the early career librarian is critical to this conversation, Wiley would like to award one early career librarian with a $1,000 grant to attend the 2021 Charleston Library Conference. The Wiley Librarian Scholarship Awards will provide an Early Career Librarian with an opportunity to contribute four relevant, engaging blog posts to The Wiley Network in the coming months.

More details and how to apply

Terms and Conditions

SAGE Publishing’s 2021 Photo Contest

SAGE Publishing’s 2021 Photo Contest is now open for entries, asking academic librarians to submit a photograph depicting how their library demonstrates its impact across campus for the chance to win a travel and registration stipend for this year’s Charleston Conference. Apply by September 10. More Details 

Charleston Conference Financial Hardship Scholarships are made possible by generous support from our sponsors, and are available by application as noted below. Additional scholarship details coming soon.

Apply for a Financial Hardship Scholarship

The applicant:

  • must be a library or information sciences professional
  • must fulfill one of the following criteria based on employment status:
    • unemployed
    • if furloughed: no funding is available from the employer
    • if employed: no funding is available from the employer
  • is unable to financially self-fund registration

The applicant will also be asked for the following information:

  • presenting at 2020 Charleston Conference: yes/no
  • name of current or former employer + contact information
  • justification or additional information regarding employment status and funding availability
  • any additional information the jury should consider


  • First-come-first-served: applications are reviewed by a jury in the order they were received
  • Decisions are at the discretion of the jury
  • The Charleston Conference’s objective is to provide a reply within one week of the application
  • If awarded, the applicant must accept the offer within 7 days of notifications
  • Once accepted, the applicant will receive an enrollment code to complete the registration process

Please note that funding for reduced or no-charge registrations is limited, and designed to support those individuals with significant hardship. If you can afford to register, or have already registered, please consider letting others apply.



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