Alan Hopkinson Award 2020

Please note: the applications for this award are now closed.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) invite applicants for the Alan Hopkinson Award to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Conference in Dublin from 15-21 August 2020.

This Award enables a qualified librarian who is a CILIP member to attend the IFLA World Library Conference.  The Award covers the IFLA conference fee and £100 towards travel and accommodation.

Alan Hopkinson was an active member of CILIP ILIG from 2004 until his death in 2016.  As well as regularly attending IFLA conferences, he was very interested in assisting young professional librarians from developing countries.  He was involved in The Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme, and in training young professionals from Eastern Europe.  Following his death, a trust fund was set up to support a CILIP member to attend the IFLA conference.


Applicants must have a maximum of five years post-qualification experience: the Award is aimed at newly qualified professionals of any age.

The Panel comprising three CILIP Staff and/or members plus ILIG Committee members will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.

How to Apply

Email Anna Jablkowska, ILIG Secretary at with:

  1. A formal proposal in English of up to 500 words (equivalent to 1–2 pages of A4 paper) detailing how the visit will support their professional development within the context of their career to date and using the three headings of ‘Visit objectives’, ‘Planned approach and content’, and ‘Application of learning post-visit’
  2. Attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) of up to two pages in length, including the names of two referees in senior posts. Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of their line-manager or organisation, prior to submitting an application.


Applications must be received by 31 March 2020.  Applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.  The winner of the Award is expected to write a reflective report of not more than 4,000 words within six months of their visit, and a version for publication in Focus on International Library and Information Work, the ILIG journal.

More information: CILIP/ILIG awards and bursaries.