MA in Library and Information Science



School of Information Graduate Scholarships

H. W. Wilson Scholarship

This scholarship is for students preparing to serve in any type of library. Students in graduate degree and certificate programs are eligible to apply.

Blackwell/Perrault Scholarship

This scholarship is for students preparing to serve in an academic library (especially collection development or acquisitions).

Johnie Key Thomson Scholarship

This scholarship is for degree-seeking USF/LIS students who are preparing for library careers in youth services (including K-12 media). Students in graduate degree and certificate programs are eligible to apply.

Patricia Andrew Cone Endowed Scholarship

This is a scholarship in memory of USF alumna, Patricia Cone, who worked as a school media specialist in Gulfport, Florida. The scholarship is intended for non-traditional students who like Mrs. Cone attend graduate school later in life and have a commitment to serving children and young adults. Additionally, applicants must be graduate of a Florida public high school, a Florida public university, and a Florida resident.

How to Apply

Students who want to apply for MLIS scholarships must do so through the AwardSPRING system.

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 cycle opens November 8, 2021. The deadline is June 1, 2022.

Important: You will be unable to apply for scholarships unless you have been officially admitted to the program and have activated your USF email.


Other Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

SI Graduate Assistantships

Several graduate assistantships are sponsored directly by the School of Information (SI). Awards are made on a competitive basis taking into consideration academic credentials, previous work experience, research capabilities, progress in the graduate program, and professional skills such as knowledge of various computing software and hardware. Graduate assistants are typically appointed at .25 or .50 FTE (10 or 20 hours per week) as graduate assistants or research assistants. The graduate assistantship carries a partial waiver of tuition as well as a biweekly stipend.

To apply for a graduate assistantship email a current resume/curriculum vita and cover letter as a single .pdf file to David Chapel for consideration.

USF Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies is very much committed to the recruitment of minority students and financially assisting these students. Last year, over 50% of the fellowship money budgeted to the Office of Graduate studies went to minority students. The OGS has two fellowships that prioritize minority students.

The first includes the Graduate Student Success Fellowship and the Delores Auzenne Fellowships.

Federal Aid

USF Financial Aid Home Page. Includes news updates about available aid, including financial aid calculators, and much more. Check out these three USF links to the Scholarship Information, Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Students, and USF Libraries Student Scholarships.

USF Office of National Scholarships (ONS)

The Office of National Scholarships (ONS) Dedicated to providing guidance and support for USF's high achieving students as they compete for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated, academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom. ONS works with undergraduate and graduate students at all levels and in all fields.


Opportunities in Florida

Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME)

A scholarship for students studying to be media specialists.  More info here.

Florida Library Association (FLA) Scholarships

Three scholarships are available: one for FSU, one for USF named after Bernadette Storck, and one minority scholarship, which may be awarded at either school. Applicants must be a resident of Florida and have some experience in a Florida library; must be admitted to an FSU or USF library/information science graduate degree program; commit to working in a Florida library for a minimum of one year after graduation; and be an FLA member in good standing. Applicants must submit an essay detailing why they want to become a librarian (three page limit) with a brief summary of previous library work experience, an official letter of acceptance to FSU or USF library/information science programs, upper level (junior/senior) GPA or graduate school GPA, verbal and quantitative score on the GRE, if applicable, and three letters of reference. More info here.

American Library Association Scholarships

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.

For more information about financial assistance for library and information studies, click here.

Spectrum Scholarship Program, for an underrepresented group who might help shape the future of library services. The program's mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries in the new millennium.

Subject Specific Scholarships

American Association of Law Libraries Educational Scholarships

Awarded to a law school graduate working towards a degree in an accredited library school with the intention of having a career as a law librarian or a library school graduate working toward a degree in an accredited law school with the intention of having a career as a law librarian. More info here.

Lucille M. Wert Scholarship

Designed to help persons with an interest in the field of Chemical Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science.


International Scholarships

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship

This scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work. The scholarship covers conference registration, passport fee, international economy-class travel, ground transportation, meals, and lodging.

Other Scholarships

Daniel Kovach Foundation Library and Information Science Scholarship

Offers a scholarship in the amount of $500 four times each year to deserving students seeking a degree in library and information science. To be eligible, one must be a U.S. citizen, have a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in a post-secondary education institution, and be majoring in Library and/or Information Science. The application deadlines are May 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15.

Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies international honor society

Five scholarships are awarded annually by BPM. Applications for all scholarships and fellowships are accepted beginning November 15. Deadline for receiving all applications is March 15 of every year. The Scholarship Committee meets during May, and the recipients are announced at our annual meeting in June.

Other Web Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Scams from FinAID, the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid. If you have to pay money to get scholarship money, then it's probably a scam. This site provides students with helpful facts.