Library and Information Science

Merit 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.

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

Outside Scholarships

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

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.

Doctoral Students

Scholarships and fellowships are available to students in the SLIS Ph.D. Program, including the Thomas J. Galvin '56LS Endowed Scholarship fund, which is offered annually. In addition, SLIS hires two incoming doctoral students as online facilitators; these positions provide full tuition coverage and a stipend. SLIS also provides some levels of coverage of the doctoral student tuition, and the Committee on Doctoral Studies reviews and approves financial support for doctoral students research projects and travel reimbursement.

Fellowships

SLIS offers six 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 for successive appointments. Dean's Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and students on a variety of projects. Complete details on these fellowships are available by downloading the PDF documents linked on this page. Please note: You cannot receive both a merit scholarship and fellowship. If you receive both, you will be required to select one.

Dean's Fellowships are only available every two years. The next expected term these positions will be available is Fall 2020. The descriptions below are examples of past fellowships and the details of each position may change from one cycle to the next. 

Dean's Fellow for Information Technology Support

The Dean's Fellow for Information Technology Support will be the point person for SLIS Technology in all aspects of application development and maintenance of workstations and equipment. The Fellow will be responsible for updating and maintaining SLIS workstations, installing and developing applications, and providing support with server maintenance tasks. This student will also offer workshops and provide other technical instruction as needed. The Fellow works collaboratively with SLIS faculty, staff, and students in all aspects of pedagogical technology support, including web design and digital audio and video components.

Dean's Fellow for Events and Programs Coordination

The Dean's Fellow for Events and Programs Coordination collaborates with SLIS staff and faculty on a variety of events, programs, and projects, including: the Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, international initiatives, monthly alumni board meetings and events, and any other projects that complement the interests of the School.

Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives assists in planning activities and events related to diversity, social justice, and inclusion. The Fellow's responsibilities include attending the monthly SLIS student leaders meeting, maintaining and updating the SLIS webpage on Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, identifying, advertising, and promoting workshops, lectures, etc on related topics to the SLIS community, assisting in planning alternative spring break activities related to social justice, creating a resource and reading list on diversity, social justice, and inclusion in LIS, creating exhibits on diversity issues for SLIS displays, and contributing to the Simmons Diversity Archives project with the College Archivist.

Dean's Fellow for SLIS Initiatives

The Dean's Fellow for SLIS Initiatives works closely with the Dean and SLIS offices on special projects, including: hosting, recording, and editing the interview podcast Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in LIS, environmental scanning of various blogs, online news outlets, etc. for new and emerging technologies, creating weekly blog posts for Unbound, maintaining and updating Wordpress-based websites and blogs, and other projects and programs as required by the Dean.

Dean's Fellow for Digital Media Outreach

The Dean's Fellow for Digital Media Outreach supports SLIS electronic publications and social media. Specific duties include: conducting interviews and writing original articles for the SLIS website and other outlets; communicating SLIS news and events via social media; promoting InfoLink stories on social media; broadening the reach of SLIS social media; maintaining a calendar of events for dissemination on social media; and other communications functions as needed.