Scholarships & Funding
All applicants who are admitted to the program receive guaranteed funding for at least 4 years.
RA/TA Match for Incoming Ph.D. Students
Financial support includes a tuition waiver and a stipend that comes from a variety of sources including Teaching Assistantship (TA) and Research Assistantship (RA) positions, as well as student grants funded by both the UW and the Information School. You must be a full-time enrolled student (10 credits) to receive financial support.
In general, matching of a student to an RA or TA position takes place anytime from July-August for incoming Ph.D. students. The process normally includes the following steps:
- Faculty with RA positions write a brief description of the project and position requirements.
- The Informatics program chair, with the assistance of Informatics faculty, prepare list of courses needing TA positions for the upcoming academic year with TA skill requirements.
- Incoming students rank their top preferences among research projects and TA positions.
- Faculty with RA positions/Informatics chair rank their preferences of incoming students. Faculty rank only students they would actually hire for their positions. If no incoming student has the skill set for a particular RA position, or all incoming students with the appropriate skill set have been assigned to other positions, that position may be posted following normal UW RA posting guidelines.
- The Ph.D. program chair, with the assistance of human resources, matches students with RA/TA slots; highest priority matching being 1-1 (student first preference- faculty first preference).
iSchool Ph.D. students may request funding to off-set costs for participating in professional conferences. Priority for funding is awarded to students who are presenting peer-reviewed papers or posters, serving as an invited speaker at major national or international conferences, or participating in a Doctoral Consortium/Seminar. In addition to iSchool funds, Ph.D. students can be considered for the Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation Travel Awards. These funds are automatically requested on your behalf when you submit your Conference Funding Request Form.
Once the general exam is passed, iSchool Ph.D. students can request funds to support their dissertation research. These funds are available to help offset the costs of research expenses and may be used to pay for such things as transcription of interviews, financial incentives (i.e., gift cards) for interview participants, or travel specifically related to dissertation research.
Ph.D. students may request up to $500 a year for a total of a $1000 of funding toward their dissertation research. Dissertation funding requests are reviewed by the Ph.D. program committee for approval.
UW Graduate School Fellowships
There are a number of fellowships administered by the UW Graduate School for which iSchool Ph.D. students are eligible. In cases where the iSchool must nominate a student for the fellowship, Ph.D. students follow the iSchool Ph.D. Fellowship Nomination Process.
ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program
The American Library Association has announced the return of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. Building off the success of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. which provides one-year academic funding for LIS students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program seeks to recruit diverse LIS faculty members.
In partnership with five universities, including the University of Washington, the American Library Association seeks to recruit a cohort of 8-10 racially and ethnically diverse doctoral students focused on advancing racial equity and social justice in library and information science curricula.
Applications open on Nov. 4, 2021, and will be accepted via the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse. Applications will close on Dec. 10, 2021. An informational session for prospective applicants will be presented on Nov. 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. PT. Participants must register in advance.