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Assistantships, Scholarships and Fellowships

Assistantships

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 Angela Wright, 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  Wright at 803-777-3858 or e-mail her at wrightay@mailbox.sc.edu.

Fellowships

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.

Scholarships

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.

External Scholarships