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UKSG is pleased to offer two main awards and bursaries:

  • John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award
  • Sponsored places for Students and Early Career Professionals

John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

NASIG and UKSG are sister organisations that both host prestigious annual conferences. One lucky winner will have the chance to attend both events. The award is intended to cover travel and accommodation costs and each award recipient will also receive paid conference registration (which includes most meals) for the both events.



Named in honour of John Merriman, in recognition of his work in founding both UKSG and NASIG, it provides an invaluable opportunity for people to learn and share experiences. Our thanks to Taylor & Francis for once again sponsoring this award.

In addition, UKSG gives full financial support to the UK award winner to attend the UKSG Annual Conference.

See the winner of this award for 2022 here


"It was a pleasure and a privilege to win the Merriman award.  As someone relatively new to research support, but with a strong commitment to scholarly communications and open research more generally, it was fantastic to experience both the UKSG and NASIG conferences and learn first-hand about developments, achievements and share with others at institutions from North America, Europe and beyond.  I was able to network, socialise and learn from so many people in a concentrated period of time-and it has led onto connections and collaborations, too!" Katherine Stephan, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 John Merriman Award Winner

Sponsored Places for Students and Early Career Professionals

Every year, UKSG offers  free places for early career professionals working as librarians, publishers or intermediaries to attend its Annual Conference. Our thanks to those sponsors who have stepped forward to offer support to our 2022 delegates.  You can read about the experience of the 2019 cohort in Telford here

Benefits of attending include:

  • learning about some of the newest developments in electronic publishing by attending the plenary and breakout sessions
  • seeing at first hand some of the latest commercial products and services available to information professionals
  • mixing with many of the leading publishers, librarians and intermediaries in the area of scholarly publishing
  • participating in social events, including the Conference Dinner

The successful applicants attending over the last few years have, without exception, found the experience both valuable and enjoyable. Given the challenges that all members of the information community currently face, and the continuing rapid pace of change, the opportunity to attend the UKSG Annual Conference is both exciting and highly relevant to those seeking employment or advancing their careers in the near future.

The award covers the cost of attendance at the conference, including all meals, entertainment and accommodation. In return for the sponsorship, winners are required to submit a report of the conference, which will be considered for publication in UKSG eNews. Travel expenses up to a certain amount are refunded on presentation of the report.

See the winners of the 2022 awards here

Other Awards

A number of student bursaries for the UKSG Forum are also offered each year.