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.

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.


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.