Scholarship and Grant Opportunities for Master of Library Science Students

You can get started as a librarian with just a bachelor’s degree, but many positions require applicants to have at least a master’s degree in the field. While a master’s degree in library sciences can undoubtedly help you earn more money and find a better job, many students opt to not go back to school because of the high cost of this advanced education. But what if you could go back to school with some financial assistance? You may be eligible for scholarships and grants that make it possible to get your advanced degree, even if you are on a budget and typically couldn’t afford tuition.

Library Science Scholarships

Scholarships (and fellowships, as they’re often called at the graduate degree level) give you money for school that does not have to be repaid when you graduate. Scholarships are typically available to students who show merit of some sort, by achieving academically, writing an essay,  or having a special skill or talent. Most commonly, scholarships and fellowships (which come attached to teaching or research responsibilities in many cases) are given directly by colleges and universities, so this is where you should start your search. In fact, you may want to factor in the financial aid availability when you’re deciding which college to attend to get your master’s degree in library science. Outside organizations and groups also offer scholarships for library science majors in some cases. In the past, funds have been available with the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Indian Library Association, the Library and Information Technology Association, the Art Libraries Society of North America, Beta Phi Mu, the Chinese American Libraries Association, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Library of Congress, the Society of American Archivists, and the Special Library Association.

Library Science Grants

Like scholarships, grants don’t have to be repaid after you graduate. Unlike scholarships, however, grants are typically awarded based on financial need. They can be awarded directly to students for tuition, or they can be awarded for specific research projects. Some of the places where you can find grants for library science students include the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, LEXIS-NEXIS, the American Library Association, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the International Reading Association, the Library of Congress, the Music Library Association, the North American Serials Interest Group, and the Women’s National Book Association.

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