IRA Awards and Grants
Applications and nominations for the majority of International Reading Association awards and grants are due by November 15. This schedule allows the committees to review materials and notify recipients in time for them to attend the IRA 60th Annual Conference in St. Louis from July 18-20, 2015 to receive their award.
Please visit the IRA awards and grants webpage for more information. The three-column table on the webpage can be sorted by grant name, candidate category, or deadline date. Click on the name links for guidelines and past recipients. Many IRA awards and grants require applicants to be IRA members. Please read the application carefully before submitting your materials.
Some of our awards:
IRA Award for Technology and Reading: Honors educators of grades K-12 who are making an innovative contribution to the use of technology in education. This award is non-monetary.
IRA Erwin Zolt Curriculum Excellence Award: Established in memory of Erwin Zolt, who inspired in others a "zest for knowledge", may be given annually to support exceptional design and execution of a curriculum unit based on In2books or an e-Pals project and the Common Core State Standards, inspiring students to transform knowledge into creative action. This award is for US $2,500 (sponsored by Nina Zolt and Miles Gilburne.)
IRA Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award: Honors an outstanding college or university teacher of reading methods or reading-related courses. This award is for US $1,000 (sponsored by Jerry Johns.)
IRA Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award: Given annually for a dissertation completed in reading or literacy. Summaries of winning dissertations are published each year in Reading Research Quarterly.
IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant: honor an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing, across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). At least 60% of the school's students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs. This grant is for US $2,500 (sponsored by Regie Routman.)
IRA Special Service Award: Given from time to time for unusual and distinguished service to the Association. This is a non-monetary award.
IRA Steven A. Stahl Research Grant: Honors the memory and work of Steven A. Stahl by encouraging and supporting promising graduate students in their research. This grant is for US $1,000 (sponsored by Katherine Stahl.)
IRA Teacher as Researcher Grant: Supports classroom teachers who undertake action research inquiries about literacy and instruction. Grants will be awarded up to US $4,000, although priority will be given to smaller grants (e.g., $1,000 to $2,000) in order to provide support for as many teacher researchers as possible.