LIS Scholarships & Fellowships

Current LIS students may apply for scholarships and fellowships from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, UB GSE and foundations who give financial assistance to those who are pursuing graduate level education in an ALA-accredited library school program. Some of these opportunities are for those in the early stages of study, others are aimed at those who are graduating.

Here at UB

For a listing of all of UB GSE's Scholarship Opportunities, visit Graduate School of Education Scholarships and Financial Aid pages.

Also visit the UB Office of Financial Aid to learn about further financial assistance. has many links to national fellowships and scholarships.

LIS & GSE Scholarship Awards

LIS Scholarship Awards

The LIS department awards a number of scholarships each year, made possible by the generosity of alumni, professor emerita, faculty, and friends. Students will be considered for scholarships if they indicate on their application form that they would like to be considered. A faculty committee issues decisions on scholarships to be awarded each fall. A list of current scholarship recipients is available at:

The principles and process for awarding LIS scholarships may be found here.
  • Mary Lou and S. David Farr Scholarship supports students pursuing a degree in reading education. (Students can self-nominate for this scholarship.)
  • A. Benjamin and Helen Ravin Scholarship supports students in the Department of Library and Information Studies.
  • E. Alberta Riggs Memorial Scholarship supports students in the Department of Library and Information Studies.
  • Joseph B. Rounds Scholarship provides support to promote excellence in the field of librarianship.
  • H.W. Wilson Scholarship is funded by the H.W. Wilson Foundation on a rotating basis to students in U.S. and Canadian library education programs.
  • Marie Ross Wolcott Memorial Scholarship supports students in the Department of Library and Information Studies.

GSE Awards

  • Dean's Scholarship:
  • Schomburg Fellowship:

  • National Fellowships and Scholarships


    The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund was established to promote and advance the field of Records and Information Management and related disciplines through study, education and research. This is a two-part program where scholarships are awarded to college students specializing in programs leading to careers in Records and Information Management and grants given to organizations or individuals within the Records and Information Management field. The scholarship amount varies, dependent on the students' curriculum and the courses that qualify under our program.

    American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: Annual awards scholarships are granted to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming a law librarian. Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

    American Indian Library Association Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: Given by the American Indian Library Association, it is for American Indian/Alaskan Native students who are enrolled in or have been accepted to and will enroll in a master's degree program in an American Library Association-accredited library school. One scholarship will be awarded in June for the coming academic year. Applications will be accepted beginning in November.

    American Library Association [ALA ASCLA] (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: The American Library Association’s Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies Division [ALA ASCLA] is recruiting applicants for the tenth annual ASCLA Century Scholarship. ASCLA Century, a $2500 award, is an ASCLA diversity initiative within the ALA Scholarship Program that promotes the entry of individuals with access needs into the library and information science profession.

    American Library Association List of Available Scholarships (website)

    PreStart_0.png Details: Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

    American Library Association Scholarships for Library Support Staff (website)

    PreStart_0.png Details: Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

    American Library Association Scholarships for Youth Services (website)

    PreStart_0.png Details: Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

    American Library Association Spectrum Initiative (website)

    PreStart_0.png Details: The ALA's Spectrum Initiative scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 award paid in two installments directly to the recipient. Recipients must begin a program by the fall semester following the award, funds will be forfeited if enrollment is delayed. Recipients must be enrolled at the time of the second installment, or they will forfeit this portion of the award. Recipients are announced at the ALA Annual Conference in June, two $2,500 installments are awarded in September and January. The Department of Library and Information Studies was the first library school to match scholarships awarded by the ALA's Spectrum Scholarship program: up to $5,000 in ALA funding for up to four students.

    Ann Gibson Scholarship Award (website)

    During_0.png Details: The Ann Gibson Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a storyteller, librarian and teacher. You must be currently enrolled in an MLS program, have completed at least 18 credit hours, and are directing your studies toward youth services in a public or school library. Other requirements are specified in a document Scholarship Judging Criteria available at the NYLA web page below.

    Association of Library Services to Children Scholarships (website)

    PreStart_0.png Details: These scholarships are for individuals pursuing a master's or advanced degree in children's librarianship. The applicants must be accepted but must not have begun coursework at a library school accredited by the American Library Association that offers a full range of courses in children's materials and library services to children. A letter from the school indicating the applicant is under consideration will be acceptable to begin the application process.

    ATLA Diversity Scholarship (website)

    postGrad_0.png Details: The American Theological Library Association will provide one scholarship for $1,300 to a student from an underrepresented population enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies. These funds are supplied by generous ATLA members who donate to the Scholarships and Grants Annual Fund.

    Blanche E. Woolls Scholarship for School Library Media Service (website)

    PreStart_0.png Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The Woolls scholarship is awarded to a student beginning Library and Information Studies at an ALA-accredited school with the intention of pursuing a career in school library media service.

    California Library Association's Reference Service Press Fellowship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: The CLA Reference Service Press Fellowship encourages college seniors, college graduates, and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship. Applicants must be a college graduate or college senior accepted to an accredited MLS program. A graduate student already enrolled in an accredited MLS program (part- or full-time) may also apply with no more than eight credits completed by June. Applicants also must be either a California resident in an ALA-accredited library school masters program or a resident of any state planning to attend an accredited library school masters program in California. One fellowship of $3,000 is awarded annually.

    Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) Scholarships (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The Chinese American Librarian Association offers the following scholarships to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at an institution of higher education in North America.

    • CALA Scholarship
    • C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship
    • Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science

    Conable Conference Scholarship (website)

    During_0.png postGrad_0.png Details: The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Gordon held dear: intellectual freedom and mentoring. Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s programs in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship. Note: If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have their conference fee refunded.

    The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. The recipient also will receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

    Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: Financial assistance is available for a library school student to attend the annual SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference. The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage involvement with SUNYLA and SUNY Libraries, as well as to provide professional growth opportunities to those entering the profession.

    Donna Hoke Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The New York Black Librarians' Caucus, Inc. announces three (3) $1,000 scholarships for library science students of African descent. Applicants who have been accepted to a program or who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program are encouraged to apply. Applicant must be a resident of New York State. This scholarship will be awarded during the Fall semester.

    Gerd Muehsam Award (ARLIS/NA Art Libraries Society of North America) (website)

    During_0.png postGrad_0.png Details: Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. This award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

    Karen Sternheim Memorial Scholarship (Special Libraries Association) (website)

    During_0.png Details: The Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is accepting applications for the Karen Sternheim Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship is designed to assist a master's degree student in an ALA-accredited library and information studies program planning for a career in special librarianship. The recipient must be a permanent resident of California or Nevada. However, there is no geographic restriction on the school in which the student is enrolled. The amount of the scholarship this year is $3,000.

    Library and Information Technology Association Scholarships (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, offers various scholarships, including two minority scholarships, for the studying the technological aspects of librarianship in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

    Lucille M. Wert Scholarship (American Chemical Society) (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: Designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and
    Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer
    Science, the Scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium. This scholarship
    is given yearly by the Division of Chemical Information of the American
    Chemical Society.

    Medical Library Association Scholarships (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: MLA offers a variety of scholarships and grants to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to take advantage of opportunities for continuing professional development.

    Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The MLA Scholarship for Minority Students awards up to $5000 to a student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander Americans who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible.

    Medical Library Association Scholarship (Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter) (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: UNYOC offers scholarships to assist library school students who are pursuing or exploring a career in health sciences librarianship. Students must be enrolled in, or working toward, a Masters in Library Science from an accredited college or university in New York State or Ontario. The scholarship monies are intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship.

    Miriam Braverman Memorial Award (Presented by the Progressive Librarians Guild(website)

    During_0.png Details: Miriam Ruth Gutman Braverman (1920-2002) was a socialist, activist librarian and longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, a founder of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, and a proponent of the social responsibilities perspective. Miriam's spirit of activism and faith in the power of people's collective efforts toward social justice is what the Miriam Braverman Award is intended to foster in future generations of librarians.

    The topic of the paper should concern an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, or archival work are also acceptable. Topics could include, but are not limited to, such concerns as professional ethics in the age of the USA PATRIOT Act; information as a commodity; the political value choices of cataloging and indexing; the role of libraries in bridging the information gap; democratic management systems within libraries, etc.

    MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) jointly sponsor two scholarships through the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship program. This is funded by the National Library of Medicine under NLM Contract NO1-LM-1-3515 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. The two organizations make a total annual donation of $6,500 each year to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools are eligible.

    National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowships (website)

    PreStart_0.png Acceptance_0.png Details: Awards are made for a minimum of one and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months). A maximum of $12,000 is awarded for up to two semesters of overseas study, and the total level of support is $30,000 for a combined overseas and domestic program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university within the United States and must study a modern language other than English. Under most circumstances, upon graduation, Boren Fellows must work in the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the intelligence community.

    New England Library Association Educational Assistance Committee Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details:An applicant must be:

    1. A New England residents who would like to stay and work in the region.
    2. A full or part-time student who is attending an ALA-accredited school in New England or New York and who is pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science.
    3. Someone with a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

    Scholarships recipients will be selected on the basis of their responses to an essay question concerning professional goals and objectives.

    The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png postGrad_0.png Details: The North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication." They offer various awards annually related to serials and/or scholarship. To view a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please visit their website.

    NYALGRO Records Management Education Scholarship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: One of the stated purposes of the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers (NYALGRO) Records Management Education Scholarship is to encourage students to pursue academic training in the records management field. It will be awarded annually to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library and/or Information Science graduate degree program in New York State, and who is interested in pursuing a professional position in the records management field.

    NYLA - Dewey Scholarship Award (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: The NYLA-Dewey Scholarship provides financial assistance to enable an interested and deserving student to pursue a Masters Degree in Library Science at an ALA-accredited library school in New York State. The recipient of this award will receive $1000.00 to cover tuition costs and related expenses. In addition, the winner will receive free attendance at the first NYLA Annual Conference to be held after the awarding of the scholarship (this includes ticket to the awards banquet).

    Paul Evan Peters Fellowship (website)

    Acceptance_0.png Details: The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field, that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology. Nominees should demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters.

    Rittenhouse Award - Medical Library Association (website)

    During_0.png postGrad_0.png Details: The Rittenhouse Award is presented annually for the best unpublished paper (bibliographical, issue or topic based, or report of research results) or Web-based project on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics submitted by a student in an ALA-accredited school of library science or a trainee in an internship in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics. The Rittenhouse Medical Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA, originally established the award in 1967. Now, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. continues the tradition.

    Roger K. Summit Scholarship for North America (website)

    During_0.png Details: The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by Dialog, was established to honor the company's founder, Dr. Roger K. Summit, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science. Applicants must be students enrolled in a library and information science program and must demonstrate outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services. Applicants are judged based on academic achievement, interest in electronic information services, proficiency with Dialog online services, and faculty recommendations. Scholarship awards for the North America region are equivalent to $5000.

    Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship (website)

    During_0.png Details: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

    Sarah Rebecca Reed Scholarship (website)

    PreStart_0.png Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The Reed scholarship is awarded annually to a student beginning library/information studies in an ALA accredited program.

    Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) (website)

    Acceptance_0.png During_0.png Details: The SEAALL Scholarship for Library School Students is intended to promote interest in the profession of law librarianship among library school students. It will be awarded to a student whom the Scholarship Committee determines has indicated a genuine interest in the profession of law librarianship and is likely to pursue a career in law librarianship.

    W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship - American Library Association (website)

    During_0.png Details: The W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is currently working with government documents in a library and is trying to complete a masters degree in library science. This award, established in 1994, is named after W. David Rozkuszka, former Documents Librarian at Stanford University. The award recipient receives $3,000. The Awards Committee of ALA GODORT welcome applications each year for the David Rozkuska Scholarship. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference and will be selected by the Awards Committee at Midwinter in January.