FCIL Schaffer Grant


The purpose of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians is to provide financial assistance to ensure the presence and participation of a foreign librarian at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Foreign attendees enrich AALL events by sharing global perspectives for the benefit of all participants.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians for the 2023 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference to be held July 15-18, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts, provides the following support:

  1. A waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference full registration fee.
  2. A grant of a maximum US $3,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Note: The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will be responsible for supplementing the FCIL Schaffer Grant funds with other sources if necessary.


An applicant must be a law librarian or a professional working in the legal information field, who is currently employed in a country other than the United States. An applicant must be in a position of significant responsibility for the dissemination, preservation, and/or organization of legal information. An applicant may be from any type of law library (public, law firm, corporate, academic, court, etc.). An applicant who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the AALL Annual Meeting is invited and encouraged to apply. Applicants must have sufficient English proficiency to fully participate in the conference (both listening and speaking) without an interpreter.

The Grant Committee will not consider applications from individuals who have previously received the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians.


The Grant Committee will evaluate an application based on the foreign law librarian’s ability to add to our knowledge of law, legal information, and law librarianship from a foreign perspective. The Grant Committee may give preference to an applicant from an under-represented country or region to someone who demonstrates financial need, or to an applicant who has never attended an AALL Annual Meeting

To ensure diversity, the Grant Committee will endeavor not to select recipients from the same country as FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipients of the previous three years.


At the conference, the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will be expected to share his or her knowledge and experience with other law librarians by making a presentation, participating in a panel discussion, or taking questions from the audience at an FCIL-sponsored meeting or event. After the conference, the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient agrees to write a short article or report (1-2 pages in length) for the Fall 2023 issue of the FCIL-SIS newsletter. The recipient is welcome to propose alternate or additional means of sharing his or her knowledge.


To be considered for the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians, please submit an Application and a Résumé of your professional qualifications. The Application should be filled out as completely as possible. Simultaneous electronic submission of a completed Application and résumé is preferred but not required.

All documents should be in English and should be sent together (electronically or traditional mail) by February 3, 2023, to the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee Chair:

Mark Engsberg, Director
Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road NE, M511
Atlanta, GA 30322 USA


The Chair of the Selection Committee must receive all applications by February 3, 2023. The Selection Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.


It is the recipient’s responsibility to pay for all upfront costs associated with attending the 2023 Annual Meeting, such as visa fees and airfare, and to plan for these expenses accordingly. Airfare and visa fees will be reimbursed promptly prior to the Annual Meeting & Conference with submission of actual receipts.

AALL will make the recipient’s hotel reservation once the recipient completes the housing form and submits it to Kim Rundle, AALL leadership services coordinator. AALL will use the FCIL Schaffer Grant funds to pay for the recipient’s hotel room and associated taxes/fees only. Recipient is responsible for any additional expenses incurred during his/her stay at the hotel including mini bar and entertainment expenses, etc. Additional expenses incidental to attending the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference such as cab fares and meals will be reimbursed promptly following the AALL Conference and in accordance with AALL and FCIL-SIS guidelines; the total amount of all expenses shall not exceed the annual cap on Schaffer Grant disbursements of $3000 USD.


The Selection Committee will notify the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient and other applicants of its award decision by March 30, 2023. The Selection Committee also may post a general announcement in AALL publications and listservs.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will receive a formal letter of invitation to the conference from the American Association of Law Libraries. However, it is the recipient’s responsibility to obtain a United States visa for travel to and from the conference. Since the process of obtaining a United States visa is very slow, the recipient is urged to submit their visa application as soon as possible after receiving written confirmation of selection. If circumstances prevent the recipient from attending the AALL Annual Meeting, the grant will revert to the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Committee for disposition at the discretion of the Committee.

Past Recipients of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

Year Recipient Program/Article
2022 Asha O. H. Moncrieffe Speaker, “Law Librarianship from a Caribbean Law Librarian’s Perspective”
2021 No recipient due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2020 No recipient due to COVID-19 Pandemic
 2019 Mariya Badeva-Bright, South Africa Speaker, “African Law for Everyone: African LII and Laws.Africa” (slides | recording of presentation delivered at Yale Law School)
 2018 Daniela Reis, Brazil Speaker, “Professional Profile Survey of the Law Librarian in the State of São Paulo, Brazil”
 2017 Rosemarie Rogers, New Zealand Speaker, “I am the River and the River is Me”
 2016 Rheny Pulungan, Australia Speaker, “The Legal Research Landscape in Indonesia: Limitations and Possibilities”
 2015 Atarino Helieisar, Federated States of Micronesia Speaker: “The Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court Law Libraries: Bridging Legal Information in the FSM States & Beyond”
 2014 Irene Kraft, Netherlands Speaker: “Envisioning the World’s International Criminal Law Library at the International Criminal Court “
 2013 Bard Sverre Tuseth, Norway Speaker: Nordic Legal Cooperation and its Impact on Legal Research (pdf)
 2012 Priya Rai, India Speaker: Access to Indian Legal Information in a Digital Environment: A Comparative Study of Electronic Commercial Databases and Public Domain Resources in Law: powerpoint and podcast
 2011 Gloria Orrego Hoyos, Argentina Speaker: Never Again, Never Forget: The Role of Libraries and Archives in Reconstructing Memory of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ (podcast)
 2010 Ufuoma Lamikanra, Nigeria Speaker: Conflict of Laws in a Federation: The Nigerian Experience (podcast)
 2009 Ahmadullah Masoud, Afghanistan Speaker: The Past, Present, and Future of the Law Library and Librarianship in Afghanistan: The Challenges and Rewards of Building a Library After 30 Years of War (podcast)
 2008 Leanne Cummings, Australia Speaker: Current Trends within the Australian Economy and Legal Industry, and its Impact upon Law Librarians (pdf)
 2007 Cheng Zhen, China Panelist: Publication of Chinese Legal Materials
 2006 Hind Al-Helaly, Egypt Speaker: The Egyptian Legal System ( ppt)
 2005 Irma Aladashvili, Georgia Speaker: CIS and Eastern European Law Interest Group
 2004 Milagros Santos-Ong, Philippines Article: Report of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Meeting & Conference (pdf)
 2003 Emmanuel Mensah Darkey, Ghana Article: Memories of the 96th Annual AALL Meeting in Seattle (pdf)
 2001 Sania Battalova, Kyrgyz Republic Article: First recipient of the New Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarian’s Grant Attends AALL Annual Meeting; Sania’s Follow-up Report (pdf)


Despite valuable support from AALL, FCIL, vendors, and individual AALL members, the Grant Fund does not fully cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and food for grant recipients. Your tax-deductible donations can keep this valuable Grant alive. Read what past recipients have to say about the Grant and their experiences at the AALL Annual Meeting. Contributions should be sent directly to AALL. To contribute, visit the “Donate” portion of the AALL website and contribute online, or fill out and send in the form from the AALL website. Make your check payable to “AALL” or “American Association of Law Libraries;” please write “Schaffer Grant” in the “For”/”Note” portion of the check. Checks together with completed forms may be mailed to:

230 West Monroe Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606

AALL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and these contributions may be tax-deductible.


Mark Engsberg (Chair)
Director of Library Services and Professor of Practice
Emory University School of Law
Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
1301 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-2770
Joseph Hinger
Director, Global Legal Content Initiatives
9201 E. Bloomington Freeway, Suite LL
Bloomington, MN 55420
Sherry L. Leysen
Reference Librarian
University of California Los Angeles
Law School
385 Charles E Young Dr E Room 1112
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Paul Moorman
Senior Law Librarian, Research Services/Foreign and International Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
University of Southern California
Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90089-0071