Bursaries

Apply for our bursaries

Skills and Knowledge Exchange Bursary

Bursaries are available for CENL members to share skills and knowledge. They are up to the value of €1000 per application.

About the bursary

The bursary can relate to any aspect of skills and knowledge exchange such as:

  • Visiting a national library for face-to-face mentoring and shadowing to learn new skills and share your experiences
  • Attending a training event (e.g., tutorials, workshops, seminars, conferences) run by other national libraries
  • Running a workshop for members to attend and share best practice
  • Preparing a webinar or online event for members

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • All activities are with other CENL members and enable skills and knowledge exchange

Deadline

Currently, there are no Skills and Knowledge Exchange Bursaries available. Any updates will be posted here and in the News Section.

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Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant

The Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant celebrates the enormous contribution Erland Kolding Nielsen has made to the development of European libraries throughout his long and distinguished career.

About the grant

The Erland Kolding Nielsen Grant is a grant of up to €5.000, which is awarded to CENL member library projects that promote international collaboration and strengthen bonds between CENL libraries.

In 2017 CENL introduced a grant to celebrate the enormous contribution Erland Kolding Nielsen made to the development of European libraries throughout his long and distinguished career as Director General of the Royal Library, Denmark from 1986-2017.

The grant is based on proposals from either individual CENL member libraries or from a group of member libraries. The grant can focus on any aspect of international library collaboration including:

  • Development of collections (physical and digital)
  • Improving research
  • Educational or cultural services including exhibitions
  • Promoting interlibrary staff communications
  • Staff development
  • Infrastructure development

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • All collaboration activities are in partnership with other CENL members and will foster international collaboration

Deadline

The call for Applications in 2022 is closed. A new call for publications will be published in 2023.

Donate to the grant

If you or your institution would like to donate to the CENL grant in honour of Erland, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact cenl@dnb.de and we will send you details of how to donate.

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Covid-19 Support Fund

Created in 2020, the Covid-19 Support Fund is a temporary fund to respond and provide funding to help CENL members respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working together for the longer-term future.

About the Covid-19 Support Fund

What can the grant be spent on?

  • Additional Covid-19 costs 

The maximum amount of €2,000 per grantee

Apply to cover extra costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training to prepare your reading rooms and buildings.

  • Creative project

The maximum amount of €2,000 per grantee

Apply for new projects to explore working innovatively through digital methods to consider new and innovative ways to collaborate with CENL members or support your readers’ needs.

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • Your application must be approved by the Director of your library.

When and how to apply?

The call for Applications in 2022 is closed.

Can I apply if I have already received a CENL bursary or EKN grant?

Yes – if you’ve been an EKN or CENL Bursary grantee in the past, you can still apply.

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If you are an existing member, please sign in to view supporting documents. If you do not have an account, please register.

Hidden Stories Fund

In 2020, CENL supported IFLA’s dedication to inclusion, and to actively work against racial discrimination of all kinds. As national libraries, we need to ensure that our collections, events and exhibitions are genuinely inclusive and representative of and for all communities.

The ‘Hidden Stories Fund’ aims to support projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the stories from, by and related to underrepresented communities in our national collections.

About the ‘Hidden Stories Fund’

The ‘Hidden Stories Fund’ is a temporary fund to support CENL members who have new projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the stories from, by and related to underrepresented communities in their national collections. This fund‘s aim is to encourage and support working with underrepresented communities to ensure that their stories are preserved for future generations.

Our definition of ‘underrepresented communities’ includes any voices who have not been offered the same platforms as dominant voices and include women, BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, caring responsibilities, and those from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as any communities whose stories have been under-explored previously.

For example, last year, the National Library of Croatia received a Hidden Story grant to create a virtual multilingual exhibition that will take visitors on a journey through the history of the Rroma minority, their culture and tradition, and focus on minority issues and the position of the Rroma in the Republic of Croatia.

This year the fund will offer grants of up to €2,000 for eligible projects.

What can the grant be spent on?

  • Acquisition of new collection items reflecting the experiences & stories of, or created by, underrepresented communities
  • Research projects to investigate existing and still unexplored collections related to or created by underrepresented communities
  • Production of digitised content (imaging, audio, video) reflecting the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities
  • Exhibition proposals curated in collaboration with underrepresented communities, showcasing their stories
  • Outreach and public engagement projects with local underrepresented communities to collect, preserve, research and highlight their stories
  • Programme of public events, by/with underrepresented communities, to highlight their stories

Application eligibility criteria

  • Your employer is a CENL member
  • Your national library is up to date with CENL membership fee payments
  • Your application must be approved by the Director of your library.

When and how to apply?

The call for Applications in 2022 is closed.

Can I apply if I have already received a CENL bursary or EKN grant?

Yes – if you’ve been an EKN or CENL Bursary grantee in the past, you can still apply.

Contact for more information.

If you are an existing member, please sign in to view supporting documents. If you do not have an account, please register.