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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

in addition to our new Innovation award, announced on the 14th March 2019. 

John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

NASIG and UKSG are sister organisations offering two lucky winners, one each from NASIG and UKSG, the chance to attend each other's annual conference. 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 applicable conference.



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.

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

Apply here.

"Winning the John Merriman Award and attending NASIG 2015 was a wonderful experience. I got the opportunity to meet North American librarians and publishers from vastly different institutions and to share experience, knowledge and best practice. It really opened my mind to a whole new aspect of my profession and yet there were many interesting similarities and parallels. I was able to take a lot of practical ideas back, at least four of which I’ve implemented in my own institution already. Travelling to Washington, DC was also amazing!" Katherine Rose, Information Systems Librarian, Regent’s University London

Sponsored Places for Students and Early Career Professionals

Every year, UKSG offers three free places for information or publishing students and three free places for early career professionals working as librarians, publishers or intermediaries to attend its Annual Conference. Our thanks to Cambridge University Press, Gale and Sage Publishing for their generous support.

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.

Apply here.

Other Awards

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