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Scholarships

Show you the money! A number of associations and organizations offer scholarship money for masters and doctoral students in LIS. Check also with your local associations and state library to see what funds they may have available, as well as with the financial aid department at your school(s) of interest; also visit ALA's Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies.

Looking for funding for continuing education? See resources for CE funding and Conference funding.

Suggestions for additional resources? Email rachel@lisjobs.com.

MLIS Scholarships and Fellowships

  • AALL Scholarships -- The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) offers scholarships each year to students interested in law librarianship. Applications are accepted in several categories –- getting an MLS; MLD for people with a JD; JD for people with an MLS and another appropriate graduate degree for librarians (MBA, computer science, international studies, etc).
  • A. R. Zipf Fellowship - $10,000 to a student who is enrolled in graduate school, in the early stages of study, and who shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management.
  • APALA Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship for a student of Asian or Pacific background who is enrolled, or has been accepted into a master's or doctoral degree program in library and/or information science at a library school accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
  • ASCLA Century Scholarship - This one-time award of $2,500 funds services or accommodations not provided by the university that will enable the student to successfully complete a course of study for a Master's or Doctorate in Library Science.
  • The Connecticut Library Association offers scholarships to CT residents enrolled in MLS or LTA degree programs.
  • Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship - The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) awards a $3,000 scholarship to a library/information science graduate student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishment in a serials career.
  • The Google Anita Borg Scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 scholarship; remaining finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship offers $3,000 to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field, who plan to follow a career in that field, and who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a vision in pursuit of library and information technology.
  • The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship offers $2,500 to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate potential in, and a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries; and who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic).
  • The LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship offers $3,000 to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate potential in and have a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries; and who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic).
  • LIS Access Midwest Program seeks to encourage the participation of students from statistically and historically underrepresented populations. Students in their junior year of college who are interested in participating in the LAMP scholars program are encouraged to complete an online application (including an essay and one letter of reference).
  • MLA Scholarship grants up to $5,000 to a student who is entering a Masters program at an ALA-accredited library school or who has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship.
  • MLA Scholarship for Minority Students grants up to $5,000 to a minority student who is entering a Masters program at an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander American individuals who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible.
  • MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship - The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) jointly sponsor two scholarships through the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship program. he two organizations make a total annual donation of $6,500 each year to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools are eligible.
  • The New Jersey Library Association offers scholarships for study leading to a graduate or postgraduate degree in librarianship.
  • University of Arizona SIRLS Digital Information Certificate scholarships are available.

Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowships

  • ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship - This award fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research. $1,500 cash and a plaque donated by Thomson Reuters.
  • APALA Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship for a student of Asian or Pacific background who is enrolled, or has been accepted into a master's or doctoral degree program in library and/or information science at a library school accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
  • ASCLA Century Scholarship - This one-time award of $2,500 funds services or accommodations not provided by the university that will enable the student to successfully complete a course of study for a Master's or Doctorate in Library Science.
  • Cultivating Digital Librarianship Faculty scholarships are available for prospective PhD students interested in teaching and research in the area of digital libraries.
  • Doctoral Fellowships in Archival Science - Doctoral Fellowships are currently available through a new eight-campus initiative for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers as educators and scholars in the field of Archival Studies and who would be entering a doctoral program in Fall 2009.
  • Thomson Reuters/MLA Doctoral Fellowship - Thomson Reuters sponsors a fellowship in the amount of $2,000 to foster and encourage superior students to conduct doctoral work in an area of health sciences librarianship or information sciences and to provide support to individuals who have been admitted to candidacy.

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