Bechtel Fellowship


Have you ever wanter to do a deep dive into children's literature? Now is the time!

Applications for the Bechtel Fellowship are now being accepted. 

The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a grant up to $7,500 to a qualified children's librarian to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children's literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin.

The application and more information can be found at 

The deadline for submitting materials is October 15, 2023.

For any questions about the award/application, please contact ALSC Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Burns  (eburns [at] and Mary Schreiber (schreiberalsc [at]