Apply for the Research Training Institute ‘21! Deadline extended to January 25, 2021

Apply for the Research Training Institute ‘21! Deadline extended to January 25, 2021

  • Find out more about the application process.
  • Learn more about full scholarships available to most applicants.
  • Submit an online application. Deadline extended to January 25, 2021 Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue but do not know where to start and need help from your peers and experts to carry it through?

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, highly-effective, and collaborative online research training and support program. The RTI ‘21 immerses practicing librarians in scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing. Librarians of all levels of professional experience and types of work environments who provide health information, services, and support and who have an interest in increasing their research skills and confidence and want to improve library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI program.

The institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, preparing and implementing a research project, and an opportunity to present findings at the MLA ‘22 virtual conference. RTI ‘21 features an expanded research curriculum and greater affordability and flexibility for participants. Learn more about RTI program details.


RTI ’21 Application Deadline Extended to January 25, 2021


The application deadline for the 2021 cohort of RTI research fellows has been extended to January 25, 2021. Accepted applicants will be notified in March 2021. See the RTI Submission Process for eligibility requirements and selection criteria. The institute offers many full scholarship opportunities, including scholarships for professionals working in small libraries and academic health libraries, engaging in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) research, and those with limited financial means.

Discover and nurture your research talents! Learn how to conduct and lead quality research projects to improve your library and support quality health care. Meet like-minded research colleagues, make lifelong friends, gain research skills and confidence, form collaborations with other researchers, and help end-users improve health and wellness! Apply today!

Read more about the RTI success story. Read what RTI Fellows say about the RTI experience at @RTIatMLA.

The project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

If you would like to learn more about the institute, please visit the RTI website or contact RTI Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA,<>.

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