Financial Assistance

The School of Library and Information Science awards a limited number of quarter-time graduate assistantships and partial-tuition scholarships (please see descriptions and deadlines below).

Assistantships

A limited number of quarter-time graduate assistantships are typically available both within the School and in other departments on campus. In addition to salary, GAs receive tuition remission and health benefits. Out-of-state students who are awarded assistantships automatically qualify for in-state tuition. Details regarding assistantships can be found here.

In some instances assistantships may be offered on a limited basis as part of the admissions package. Otherwise, SLIS and other departmental openings are advertised on the Graduate College website as they become available, typically mid-to-late summer. SLIS assistantships are also advertised on the internal listserv, which incoming students will automatically begin receiving June 1 prior to their first fall semester.

Students are responsible for monitoring and applying for any assistantships of interest.

Other Financial Aid

For information on student loans, work-study eligibility, or University financial assistance outside SLIS, please contact The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid, 208 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1315 or visit http://financialaid.uiowa.edu/.

American College Testing (ACT) Scholar Program

In collaboration with ACT, the University of Iowa Graduate College is pleased to promote multiculturalism and inclusion through the ACT Scholars Program.

Through the generous support of the ACT Foundation, the ACT Scholars Program offers an academic year stipend ($20,000 plus full resident–rate tuition (“ACT Scholarship”) to qualified students pursuing graduate degrees full time at the University of Iowa in programs of study generally pertinent to ACT’s business model (please see eligibility information for futher details).

Priority will be given to applicants who are U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and will increase diversity and multicultural perspectives in areas relevant to ACT’s interest and strategic goals. In that respect, priority is given to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native American applicants. March 1 deadline for applications. More information can be found here.

SLIS Scholarships - Deadline for application: February 1

To be considered for a SLIS departmental scholarship of $1,000,* you must have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade-point average. To apply, please submit a a 250-word statement explaining why this scholarship will aid you in achieving your goals. Statements should be uploaded by the applicant as "Departmental Funding Application" through our online admissions system.

Joyce Hartford/Grace Wormer Scholarship (available to incoming students) - Deadline for application: February 1

The Joyce Hartford/Grace Wormer Scholarship of $2,800* is awarded annually to a deserving incoming student with plans to become a library and information professional. Financial need will be considered. To apply, please submit a 250-word statement explaining why this scholarship will aid you in achieving your goals. Statements should be uploaded by the applicant as "Departmental Funding Application" through our online admissions system.

H. W. Wilson Scholarship - Deadline for application: February 1 (available to incoming students)

Since 1957, the H. W. Wilson Foundation has provided support to students in both U.S. and Canadian library and information science schools accredited by the American Library Association. This scholarship of $2,500 is awarded annually to an incoming MLIS student demonstrating prior educational achievement as well as professional potential. Financial need will also be considered. To apply, please submit a 250-word statement explaining how your past academic experience has demonostrated leadership and overall intellectual activity. Include other information such as educational goals and achievements, honors, professional aspirations, and interests that you believe may be relevant to the scholarship criteria. Statements should be uploaded by the applicant as "Departmental Funding Application" through our online admissions system.

Dr. John Martin Scholarship - Deadline for application: February 1

The Dr. Martin Scholarship was established to further the education of a deserving student interested in the health sciences information network. It is available to incoming and returning students in the amount of $1,000.* To be eligible, a student must be enrolled for 9 hours of graduate credit during the relevant academic year.

The criteria for selection are:

  1. A demonstrated interest in a career in medical or science information services
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Professional promise
  4. Financial need.

Applicants should address a letter of application to the Scholarship Committee giving particular emphasis to criteria one and four. Supporting letters of reference are welcome but not required. Other evidence of career focus, such as research papers, are also welcome. Letters should be uploaded by the applicant as "Departmental Funding Application" through our online admissions system.

For further information on graduate assistantship, fellowships, and internships, please see Admissions' graduate financial aid page. Please note that the School of Library and Information Science does not use the Application for Graduate Awards form. If you are interested in applying for one of our scholarships, please see the application instructions given above.

Questions can be addressed to carol-ives@uiowa.edu

*The published scholarship amounts may vary in any given academic year. If you have questions please contact the SLIS Program Office at 319.335.5709.

Grants

The Division of Sponsored Programs at the University of Iowa publishes an online listing of funding opportunities for UI faculty, staff and students:

Travel grants and other funding may be available through: