As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students in Information and Library Science. PhDs in Information and Library Science can lead to a variety of careers in academia, archives, computer systems management, and more.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which is usually 3-6 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully-fund their doctoral students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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Indiana University, PhD in Information Science (Bloomington, IN): We offer up to four years of funding to accepted students in the form of research, teaching, and service assistantships, including tuition waivers and generous stipends. We also offer travel support for our Ph.D. students.
iSchool at Illinois, PhD in Information Science (Champaign, IL): The iSchool is generally able to offer full support for PhD students for four years. Financial support includes a combination of the following: Research assistantships, Teaching assistantships, Fellowships (tied to the dissertation process).
Simmons University, PhD in Library and Information Science (Boston, MA): The PhD program offers full tuition coverage for a limited number of students every year. In addition, scholarships, fellowships, and teaching opportunities are available to students in the SLIS PhD program.
University of Arizona, PhD in Information (Tucson, Arizona): We prioritize funding for Ph.D. students in their first three years of study. Opportunities exist within the School of Information and on campus for graduate assistantships, scholarships, and other forms of support.
University of British Columbia, PhD in Library, Archival, and Information Studies (Vancouver, BC, Canada): As of September 2018, all full-time students who begin the iSchool Ph.D. program will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of the PhD program. International students are eligible for the international tuition award of $3,200 per year for four years.
University of Maryland College of Information Studies, PhD in Information Studies (College Park, MD): We guarantee funding for all admitted full-time students. We also welcome self-funded part-time students working in areas that complement their doctoral research.
University of North Carolina, PhD in Information and Library Studies (Chapel Hill, NC): SILS typically provides support for full-time doctoral students during their first 4-5 years of study. There are a number of sources of support. Typical sources of support for SILS doctoral students include UNC Graduate School fellowships, research and teaching assistantships within SILS, and small fellowships that supplement the assistantship stipend.
University of Toronto, PhD in Information (Toronto, Ontario): The Faculty of Information provides competitive funding packages for all full-time PhD students. The PhD funding package is intended to promote scholarly excellence, research and teaching development, and timely completion of the program.
University of Washington Information School, PhD in Information Science (Seattle, WA): All applicants who are admitted to the program receive guaranteed funding for at least 4 years. 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.
University Of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD in Information Studies (Madison, WI): By admitting a small cohort of doctoral students each year, we can ensure that each student develops close working relationships with faculty members, receives strong and consistent advising, and is fully funded including tuition, stipend, and health insurance.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD in Information Studies (Milwaukee, WI): Full-time doctoral students are eligible for research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Assistants receive monthly pay, tuition remission, and health insurance coverage based on the Graduate School Schedule. SOIS offers several funding opportunities for its PhD students based on the availability of funding.
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