MLIS Scholarship Opportunities
MLIS students are eligible for numerous scholarships from national and regional organizations and businesses. Deadlines vary and details may change, so please consult each scholarship’s website for more information.
The stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity.
The fund provides research grants, seminar support and other funding for projects related to information and records management.
Scholarships for individuals pursing Law Librarianship.
The purpose of the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship shall be to provide tuition to an American Indian individual who lives and works in the American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a master’s degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association.
The American Library Association (ALA) is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, the ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA accredited program, or for a master's degree with a specialty in school librarianship that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited unit.
ALA provides a number of scholarships for special populations including: Spectrum Scholarships for diversity, Century Scholarships for people with disabilities as well as scholarships for current library employees and for people interested in working with children or youth services.
ALA Spectrum Scholars receive an additional scholarship from the iSchool.
Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) provides a number of scholarships and awards in the area of art librarianship. Awards are available for research and publications, conference attendance, and an internship in architecture.
Scholarships for MLIS students who plan to work in the area of library service to children.
In order to encourage students to train for, and enter, the field of Judaica librarianship, the Association of Jewish Libraries awards a scholarship of $1000 to a student attending or planning to attend a graduate school of library and information science. Prospective candidates should have an interest in, and demonstrate a potential for, pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship.
The ARL /SAA Mosaic program seeks to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
These awards recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.
CALA provides a number of awards, grants and scholarships for students of Chinese descent.
Awarded by the Black Caucus of ALA. Students submit an essay on a topic designated each year.
Friends of the Edmonds Library, a Branch of Sno-Isle Libraries, will award a $4,000 scholarship toward tuition for one Master of Library and Information Science student at the University of Washington Information School for the 2018-19 school year. The purpose of this scholarship is to stimulate growth of the library profession in public libraries. View the scholarship criteria.
IBM has committed to provide support to female participants in Galvanize programs, from tuition assistance to mentorship, to internships and employment opportunities.
IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
The $1,500 Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the SLA-SCC to a student member pursuing a career in special librarianship.
A variety of awards and scholarships for LIS students.
American Chemical Society provides a scholarship for designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science.
Underrepresented MLIS students from Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Asian American and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander heritages. A unique fellowship offered through the UW Libraries, the successful fellow receives a scholarship for tuition and educational fees, and a paid work assignment in a University Libraries unit(s) based on the recipient’s interests.
Awarded to a student who demonstrated excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship.
Awards for achievement in music librarianship, publication and research supporting music research.
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 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field, that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology.
PMI Educational Foundation’s Scholarships and Awards Program supports development of the best and brightest future project management professionals worldwide through learning opportunities. The scholarship program was established to assist students in obtaining degrees from accredited institutions of high learning in the field of project management or a project management related field.
The Reference Service Press Fellowship is open to (1) college seniors or college graduates who have been accepted in an accredited master's degree program in library/information studies (documentation is required) or (2) graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited master's degree program in library/information students (full or part time) who will have completed no more than eight credits when the award is given.
Since 1971, REFORMA has supported the active recruitment of bilingual and bicultural librarians to meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking community. The REFORMA Scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and enable Spanish speakers to pursue or advance a career in Library and Information Science. (Other scholarships also available)
Awards provided for outstanding contribution to the archives profession. The awards are given for work produced (publications, advocacy, new method of search, etc.) rather then straight scholarship funding.
Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars.
TLA awards a scholarship each year to acknowledge outstanding professional accomplishments of promising students currently enrolled in MLIS or archival training programs specializing in performing arts librarianship.
To close the educational attainment gap between African Americans and the majority population, UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate by administering 400 scholarship and internship programs, so that even students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
The Office of Fellowships and Awards coordinates and administers regional and federal fellowship and scholarship programs which require Graduate School involvement. We also administer and monitor fellowship moneys from private gifts; coordinate Fulbright and other international and research abroad programs for students and faculty; and administer and allocate fee waivers to departments and individuals.
The Washington Library Association awards a number of scholarships annually to WLA members who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS degree program and have completed at least one semester or quarter. The scholarships are up to $6,000 per recipient