SLIS Graduate Students

Simmons employees who qualify for a tuition benefit are not eligible to receive fellowships, graduate student assistantships, or merit scholarships.

Fellowships

SLIS offers five Dean's Fellowships, each an award package of a scholarship and assistantship. Each Fellowship is a one year (three semester) appointment, with the possibility of renewal. Dean's Fellowships are only available every two years. Please find the descriptions of fellowships available for the Fall 2018 semester below. Please download the full descriptions linked below for complete details on each fellowship. Please note: You cannot receive both a merit scholarship and fellowship. If you receive both, you will be required to select one.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to slisadm@simmons.edu. If you choose to apply to more than one fellowship, a separate cover letter is required for each position. In addition to submitting an application for the fellowship, you must have a completed master's degree application on file with the SLIS Admission Office by the deadline in order to be considered.

Fellowship Term Deadline
Graduate Fellow for Children's Literature Fall 2018 Application has closed
Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fall 2018 Application has closed
Dean's Fellow for Events & International Programs Coordination Fall 2018
Application has closed
Dean's Fellow for Social Media and Communications Fall 2018
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Dean's Fellow for Media Support Fall 2018
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Dean's Fellow for Information Technology Support Fall 2018
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Graduate Fellow for Children's Literature

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Abstract: The Graduate Fellow for Children's Literature will plan and coordinate CSCL and graduate program events, as well as support the CSCL summer institute. The fellow will establish and maintain an active social media presence for the CSCL and the graduate degree programs. This position will also assist the Director with design, administration, and evaluation of special events. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing administrative and clerical support to the CSCL programs, organizing and maintaining CSCL and graduate programs records, and coordinating the CSCL and graduate program histories with the University Archives.

The Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

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Abstract: The Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives will assist in planning activities and events related to diversity, social justice, and inclusion. The Fellow will identify, advertise, and promote workshops, lectures, etc. on related topics to students, staff, and faculty. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: maintaining and updating the webpage on Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, maintaining and updating the curriculum diversity audit, assisting in the planning of alternative spring break activities related to social justice, creating and maintaining a resource and reading list on diversity, social justice, and inclusion in collaboration with faculty, creating exhibits on diversity for displays, and attending monthly student leaders meetings.


The Dean's Fellow for Events & International Programs Coordination

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Abstract: The Dean's Fellow for Events & International Programs Coordination will plan and coordinate institutes, symposiums, lectures, and special events. The Fellow will work with staff and faculty to plan and coordinate international initiatives and programs, including study abroad. This position will also provide support for monthly alumni board meetings, activities, and events, as well as support other projects and programs as required.


The Dean's Fellow for Social Media and Communications

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Abstract: The Dean's Fellow for Social Media and Communications will communicate news and events via social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Fellow will attend student and alumni events to photograph and cover them via social media. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: promoting InfoLink stories on social media, broadening the reach of social media by increasing our readership and followers, queuing posts on social media to allow for regular updates, maintaining a calendar of events for dissemination on social media, suggesting and creating series of themed posts, and conducting interviews and writing original articles for the SLIS website and other outlets.


The Dean's Fellow for Media Support

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Abstract: The Dean's Fellow for Media Support will coordinate a calendar of requests for recordings (audio and video) and live streaming for classes, speakers, student group events, special events, etc. The Fellow will record or assign recording responsibilities to other team members and monitor quality of recordings and live streams. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: posting live streams of such activities and facilitating online discussion, coordinating with Simmons Technology as needed to assist with recording or live streaming events, and to assist the Technology Coordinator with other projects as needed.


The Dean's Fellow for Information Technology Support

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Abstract: The Dean's Fellow for Information Technology Support will serve as the primary support person for designated technology spaces. The Fellow will conduct workshops for students about technology-related topics. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: working with WordPress and other applications, including customization, development, maintenance, and creation of new instances as requested, assisting faculty, staff, and students with various computer and printer problems, assisting in point-of-use instruction for hardware and software (Mac and PC), researching and testing new hardware and software, researching new technology as it relates to the library field, and training and coordinating Technology Resource Assistants (TRAs).

Graduate Student Assistantships

GSAs are awarded by the Admission Committee based on a review of all fall applications that are completed by the priority deadline. They are awarded to the top five applicants as determined by a review of the overall application. GSA's are paired with faculty who have similar interests, and work ten hours per week during the academic year. The Assistantship is a two-year award, and consists of tuition remission for two courses in both the fall and spring semesters, and hourly pay. GSAs are required to take at least three courses in the fall and spring, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5. Award notification is sent with the admission letter. International students are eligible for a GSA.

Merit Based Scholarships

Applicants who submit a completed application by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship. These scholarships are awarded by the Admission Committee based on the "merit" or strength of an application in comparison to all other completed and eligible applications for that same semester. Recipients are required to take two or three courses depending on the level of the award and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 during the semester(s) they are awarded. Applicants who receive an award will have an award letter included with their admission decision letter. International students are eligible for merit scholarships.

Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship

The Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship initiative is a partnership between two organizations committed to diversity in children’s literature. Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country and a leader in the movement for more diversity in the publishing industry. 

The graduate programs in children’s literature at Simmons are dedicated to bringing a wide range of voices into books for children and young adults and to providing students access to careers that diversify the field of children’s literature.Together, we are committed to creating venues of access that lead to increased equity in children’s book publishing. 

Applicants to our degree programs in Children's Literature are given scholarship consideration during the admission process.

Click here for a full description of the Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship

For Doctoral Students

The PhD program offers full-funding for a limited number of students every year. In addition, scholarships, fellowships and teaching assistantships are available to students in the SLIS Ph.D. Program, including the Thomas J. Galvin '56LS Endowed Scholarship fund, which is offered annually. The Committee on Doctoral Studies reviews and approves financial support for doctoral students research projects and travel reimbursement.

Outside Scholarships

For information on LIS scholarships, see:

Scholarships are often available through regional and local library associations. Check your local library association for more information.

Restricted Awards

There is an opportunity within the online application to express interest in our restricted awards. Applicants will be notified at the time of admission if selected.

The following gifts are restricted funds, and may be awarded to one or more qualifying students

Allen Smith Endowed Scholarship for SLIS up to $34,000

This award was established in August 2008 by SLIS Dean Michèle Cloonan and friends, family, and colleagues of the late Allen Smith, a former SLIS professor. Through the estate of Allen Smith, a gift was made to this scholarship fund in 2009. This endowed scholarship annually supports one or more SLIS students who are in good academic standing and have financial need. First preference is given to one or more SLIS students with demonstrated interest in oral history, reference, and/or humanities.

David A. Chernin '87LS Endowed Scholarship up to $3,700

Established in 1992 by Dr. David A. Chernin '87LS. The fund will support one or more SLIS students with the following qualities: (1) an interest in medical librarianship with special focus on dentistry; (2) improving the organization of information in this area for increased access; (3) the procreative presentation of material to students, faculty and practitioners and (4) the preservation and presentation of historical collections and archives.

Elsa Ruth Olson Schlotterbeck '38 Endowed Scholarship up to $1,200

This fund was established in memory of Mrs. Schlotterbeck in December 2007. The annual earnings from this endowed fund shall be awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, with preference given to a first generation College student in good academic standing with Financial need. The scholarship may be awarded to the same student in subsequent years if the recipient continues to be in good academic standing. If no student meets the established criteria in a given year, the scholarship may be awarded to a SLIS student in good academic standing with financial need.

Jacqueline and Marshall Kates Scholarship - up to $3,200

This addendum to the original deed of gift for the Jacqueline and Marshall Kates Scholarship, which was established in 1999 by Marshall and Jacqueline Kates '73LS, will allow for greater flexibility in the selection of students to receive scholarship support from this endowed fund. Income from the fund shall support deserving SLIS students, with first preference given to those interested in working within a one-person special library. If no such student can be identified, this award shall be given to a SLIS student working within a small special library. All other terms of the original deed of gift shall remain in effect as written.

Josephine Riss Fang Endowed Scholarship - up to $6,100

Funded by Anna and Paula Fang and their siblings to honor their mother who worked as a professor in SLIS from 1969 to 1989. It will be awarded to students pursuing librarianship, though it may be awarded to archivists when a librarian candidate is not available. It will be open to all students seeking to earn a doctorate or master's degree with a focus on international librarianship or preservation and conservation.

Patricia M. and Juan R. Freudenthal Endowed Scholarship - up to $6,000

Established in 1995 by alumni, family, friends, and colleagues in memory of Dr. Juan Freudenthal. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving SLIS students. Preference given to students interested in art librarianship.

Zdenka Munzer Scholarship Fund - up to $3,800

Established by bequest of Zdenka Munzer, L.S. '40. The income is to be used to give a yearly scholarship to a good, conscientious student among equally qualified students - with preference for the student coming from her native country - Czechoslovakia - if any among the applicants - to facilitate the studies of Library Science.

The following funds are intended to benefit students studying Library and Information Science. They may be awarded to one or more students.

  • Agnes S. Roach Library Science Scholarship up to $3000
  • Dolores M. Sayles '29LS Endowed Scholarship up to $21,000
  • Dorothy W. Budlong Endowed Scholarship Fund up to $1700
  • Eric Ryd Bequest for Stud Aid Endw – up to $11,000
  • Florence R. Robertson Fund -  up to $1,500
  • Florence T. Blunt Scholarship Fund – up to $675
  • SLIS Endowed Scholarship – up to $1,200
  • Helen Noyes Bickford Scholarship Fund – up to $10,000
  • Irene Christopher '45LS Endowed Scholarship – up to $9,500
  • Jane E. Fisher '57LS Endowed Scholarship Fund – up to $2,100
  • June Richardson Donnelly Fund – up to $2,500
  • Lucille Wert Endowed Scholarship Fund -  up to $16,000
  • Mary Heneghan '50 Endowed Scholarship – up to $4,100
  • Miriam M. Smith '12 Memorial Fund – up to $3,700
  • Rebecca B. Rankin Fund – up to $2,800
  • Ruth Leonard Scholarship – up to $7,000