Library and Information Science
All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Applicants who complete their applications by the priority deadline are considered for our most competitive awards. Awards are based on a holistic review of applications and 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 may be required to take a certain number of credits and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 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.
Graduate Student Assistantships (GSA)
GSAs are awarded by the Admission Committee based on a review of all fall applications that are completed by the priority deadline of February 1. 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 3.0. Award notification is sent with the admission letter. International students are eligible for a GSA.
Library Fellowship Program
In support of the Simmons University commitment to fostering a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community, the Simmons University Library, located in Boston, MA on the ancestral unceded territory of the Massachusetts and Pawtucket nations, offers the graduate Fellowships in Library Science to provide graduate students enrolled in Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) MS LIS degree pre-professional staff positions. The Fellowship provides salary and benefits along with tuition scholarships. It is intended to immerse Fellows in librarianship study and professional library work, enriching their experience through professional growth and mentorship opportunities.
Please refer to the position description for details on how to apply.
The Library Fellow Positions are no longer accepting applications at this time.
The College of Organizational, Computational and Information Sciences (COCIS) awards a limited number of Dean's Fellowships to incoming Master of Science in Library Information Science (MSLIS) students with outstanding qualifications. Fellowships are designed to provide financial support to select graduate students and to enrich the student's experience through collaboration with faculty and staff, and to provide support for special projects.
Fellowships consist of a tuition scholarship, covering 2/3 LIS tuition, and a paid assistantship. For the assistantship, fellows are required to work 20 hours per week each semester, and are paid an hourly rate. Recipients are selected based on their skills, experience, and interests to support the needs of the college. Appointments are typically one year with the possibility of renewal for a second, final year.
The following Dean's Fellowships were open for MS candidates starting in the Fall 2022 semester:
- Dean’s Fellow for Events & International Programs Coordination
- Dean’s Fellow for Information Technology Support
The Dean's Fellowship applications for MS candidates are closed.
The following Dean's Fellowships were open for PhD candidates starting in the Fall 2022 semester:
- Dean’s Fellow for Information Analysis
- Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
The Dean's Fellowship applications for PhD candidates are closed.
For fellowship details, please refer to the position description.
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
The PhD program offers full tuition coverage for a limited number of students every year. In addition, scholarships, fellowships, and teaching opportunities are available to students in the SLIS PhD program. This includes the Thomas J. Galvin ‘56MS Endowed Scholarship Fund, which is offered annually. The Committee on Doctoral Studies reviews and approves financial support for doctoral student research projects and travel reimbursement.
All PhD applicants for Fall 2021 will be considered for The Dean’s Fellow for Data Analysis.
- American Library Association Scholarships
- American Association of Law Libraries
- American Association of School Librarians
- American Indian Library Association
- Art Libraries Society of North America
- Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
- Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
- Association of College and Research Libraries
- Association for Library Service to Children
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association
- Chinese American Librarians Association
- Coalition for Networked Information
- Council on Library and Information Resources
- District of Columbia Library Association
- Library and Information Technology Association
- Medical Library Association
- Music Library Association
- National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
- Progressive Librarians Guild
- Society of American Archivists
Scholarships are often available through regional and local library associations. Check your local library association for more information.