Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for librarians

Travelling Librarian Award

The Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth. Participants undertake a professional development study tour to explore areas of their professional interest through visiting relevant libraries, information centres and associated agencies.

The award of £3000 is intended to help promote the exchange of ideas through effective communication in the English language, to facilitate learning between cultures and nations, and to encourage the pursuit of best practice within a particular field of professional expertise.

This award is run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

How to apply

We are not currently open for applications.

Applicants must be UK library and information professionals and a personal member of CILIP at the time of application.

In order to apply, please send a CV, cover letter, and reference letter from your current or most recent employer.

Completed applications should be sent to or Education, ESU, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. References may be emailed/posted separately if needed.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with a panel of experts from CILIP and the ESU. The successful candidate can then travel any time from the September through to the next April.


The ESU provides applicant notes, which offer more details about the scholarship and provide the selection criteria for applicant's proposals, to which candidates should refer in their covering letters.

Travelling Librarian notes for applicants
Leanne Young 2016 Report