Financial Assistance

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

All incoming students will be considered for available departmental funding, whether scholarships or assistantships. Additional funding applications or forms beyond your UI and SLIS application materials are not required. Awards are made based on credentials presented through the application to the program, and when assistantships are available, also on the basis of a match between applicants' credentials and faculty research needs.


A limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) 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.

Scholarships and 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

The American Library Association (ALA) website also provides helpful information on their site regarding Scholarship and Financial Assistance options.

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 ($23,000 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.

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. Applications are due March 15, 2021. Please see Application Requirements for further details

Jack E. Tillson Scholarship

The Iowa Library Association Foundation makes the Jack E. Tillson Scholarship available to one student in the graduate program of Library Science at the University of Iowa during the fall semester of each year. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree in library science/information science at the University of Iowa. Information about the application process and requirements are typically forwarded to all admitted students prior to the fall semester.

SLIS Scholarships

To be considered for various SLIS departmental scholarships you must have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade-point average and be enrolled or accepted for initial enrollment. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of either need or merit.

Joyce Hartford/Grace Wormer Scholarship (available to incoming students)

The Joyce Hartford/Grace Wormer Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving incoming student with plans to become a library and information professional. Financial need will be considered.

H. W. Wilson Scholarship (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 is awarded annually to an incoming MLIS student demonstrating prior educational achievement as well as professional potential. Financial need will also be considered.

Dr. John Martin Scholarship

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. 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.

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. As indicated in our opening statement, all incoming students are considered for departmental funding based on the stated criteria.

Questions can be addressed to

*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.


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: