A number of graduate assistantships are available to fully admitted full-time students. Graduate assistants (GAs) are assigned to work with faculty members, in the administrative offices, in the computer labs, and in the S.C. Center for Children's Books and Literacy (CCBL). GAs receive a stipend for 10-20 hours per week and usually receive a tuition supplement in accordance with Graduate School policies. Graduate assistantships are also available in the University Libraries and the School of Medicine Library.
Applications (pdf) for graduate assistantships administered by in the School of Library and Information Science are available in pdf format, or by contacting the Student Services Manager. For loans and other federal programs, the applicant should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 803-777-8134. The deadline for GA applications is March 15 for Fall and Summer and October 15 for Spring.
A Graduate Assistant appointment is for a specific period of time (an academic year, a summer or a single semester or summer session) as designated in the letter of offering the position. In order to keep the appointment for the designated period of time, the GA must perform job responsibilities satisfactorily and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Beyond the designated period of the appointment, if the GA wishes to be considered for future assignments, it is necessary to reapply.
GA's are required to enroll in and remain enrolled in courses considered appropriate for inclusion in a SLIS approved program of study. All GA's must register for at least 6 semester hours of graduate credit in a regular term (audits and courses taken for undergraduate study are excluded). The maximum enrollment for a SLIS student is 12 credit hours. Audited courses and undergraduate courses count toward the maximum permitted course load, but do not count toward the minimum hours for GA's.
Submit Application for Graduate Assistantships (pdf) and direct all inquiries to Mike Corbo, School of Library and Information Science, 1501 Greene Street, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. The applicant is welcome to check the status of the selection process at any time by contacting Corbo at 803-777-3858 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cooper-Davis Fellowship for Under-Represented Groups in Librarianship
The Fellowship is co-sponsored by SLIS and the Thomas Cooper Library. The Cooper-Davis Fellow receives training and mentoring to serve as an active participant in departments throughout Thomas Cooper Library and the other USC, Columbia University Libraries. The Fellow rotates on a semester basis through public services, technical services, and collection development, gaining practical experience in many facets of librarianship. More information can be found here.
- The Cynthia Graham Hurd Endowed Fellowship Fund
This fund is to honor Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the Emanuel Nine murdered in Charleston on June 17, 2015 at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. Cynthia Hurd was a beloved librarian whose life was dedicated to helping people become educated. She was an exemplary leader in the community and in her church. She worked in Charleston’s library system for 31 years, most recently as the manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, one of the busiest libraries in the Charleston County library system. The library is renamed the Cynthia Graham Hurd St. Andrews Regional Library. She received her Master of Librarianship degree at the University of South Carolina in 1989. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving individuals in an underrepresented group who work within the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) System, as part of the SLIS diversity program.
The School has a number of scholarships available. The Student Services Manager handles all inquiries and applications for financial aid administered by the School. Scholarship application deadline is March 15 for Fall. (There are no scholarships awarded in the spring or summer.) The applicant must be fully admitted by this date in order to be considered for an award. Award recipients are chosen by the Student Services and Financial Aid Committee.
The application for scholarships (pdf) administered by the School of Library and Information Science is available in PDF format.
- ALA Scholarship Program
- Beta Phi Mu Scholarships and Fellowships
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Century Scholarship, American Library Association (ALA) - awards up to $2,500 annually for persons with disabilities.
- LITA Scholarships
- Medical Library Association - funding opportunities to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to pursue professional development.
- Spectrum Initiative Scholarships, ALA - fifty annual $5,000 awards to persons of African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American heritage.
- Library and Information Science Scholarship - established individually by Daniel Kovach. The scholarship is for $500 - to be distributed four times a year.
- Council on Library and Information Science Resources - CLIR offers a range of fellowships and awards in support of its goal to expand leadership capacity in the information professions
- REFORMA - National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Site includes information about their scholarship.