Graduate Awards and Scholarships

We are committed to making an iSchool graduate education as accessible as possible. That’s why we offer a variety of scholarships and awards to make your degree more affordable.


We offer a range of scholarships for both master’s and C.A.S. applicants.

Some scholarships require an additional application and deadline. Those awards are noted with an asterisk.

Students who apply before February 1 (fall admission) or October 15 (spring admission) receive priority scholarship consideration. Many merit awards are given at the time of admission, but students also can apply for some awards and these notifications are given after admission. Any awards that offer work and tuition are reviewed in March/April for the Fall term. The awards given by the iSchool cannot be coupled. If a student receives more than one than they choose between the awards unless otherwise instructed.

Awards with additional applications and deadlines

These awards and scholarships require submitting an additional application and a deadline. Please review each scholarship to learn more.

As the global pandemic continues to force layoffs, we’re seeing continued growth in the tech sector in Upstate New York and beyond. That’s why we’re helping our Upstate community pursue new career paths in technology, data management, cloud computing, and more. If you live in an area code beginning with 12XXX, 13XXX, or 14XXX, you’re eligible for 50% off of our graduate programs in Applied Data Science or Information Systems, plus a number of certificate programs.

Learn more. 

The Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Scholarship is for students who are passionate about information literacy and interested in a career as an academic librarian.

Information Literacy Scholars receive a 50% tuition award, 20 hours a week of work during the academic year with Syracuse University Libraries, and mentoring by Syracuse University librarians with expertise in reference, information literacy instruction, and student learning assessment.

Who is eligible to apply: On-campus M.S. in Library and Information Science applicants.


The iSchool and has a long history of supporting both veterans and those currently serving in the military. We offer scholarships to help support military personnel and veterans attending one of our master’s programs.

This scholarship requires an additional application. Applicants must provide information about current military education benefits and submit a 500 word essay answering the question: How will your selected choice of study enable you to better serve your country and your profession?

Who is eligible: all on-campus iSchool master’s program applicants.

The Wilhelm Library Leadership Award is for students who are prepared for an intense but highly rewarding academic experience at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. We are able to offer the Library Leadership Award due to a generous donation from our library alumna, Estelle Wilhelm.

Library Leadership Award recipients receive a 50% to 100% tuition award, 20 hours a week of work during the academic year with an iSchool faculty mentor matched to the student’s area of interest, and up to $1,000 of travel fund reimbursement for professional conferences. There are also teaching assistantships which will include 50-100% tuition and 20 hours a week of work to support faculty instruction.

Who is eligible to apply: on-campus M.S. in Library & Information Science applicants.

The application for the Wilhelm Library Leadership Award is the same application for the Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistantships. You only need to complete once to be considered for both Scholarships/Awards.

The iSchool offers limited assistantships to help support teaching and research activities in the iSchool. These awards are given to highly qualified admitted students to our master’s programs. They include both tuition and stipend of varying amounts. The number of awards given varies each year, but they are highly competitive and for Fall term, you are encouraged to apply by March 15.

Who is eligible to apply: all on-campus iSchool master’s program applicants.

Awards with automatic consideration

These scholarships are awarded based on program application materials. No additional application is required.

The iSchool supports diversity in the field of information science. We believe that information impacts and has the potential to transform all individuals and populations. Each year, the iSchool provides tuition awards to individuals admitted to our M.S. and C.A.S. programs who represent diverse populations and demonstrate a strong commitment toward using the skills of an information professional to impact communities and organizations.

Who is eligible: all on-campus iSchool master’s and C.A.S. program applicants. On-campus students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible.

No additional application required.

Global diversity in our classroom promotes cultural competency and global citizenship within our school. We offer funding to highly qualified students from regions of the world which are not well represented in our school.

Currently, these include students from Africa, South and Central America and Europe / Euroasia.

Tuition awards will be granted to exceptional admitted students to all iSchool master’s programs. These awards are generous, but partial tuition awards. No additional application materials are required; candidates are considered based on the merit of application materials.

Tuition awards will be granted to exceptional admitted students to all iSchool master’s programs. These awards are up to 50% tuition awards, but may vary depending on the pool of applicants. Top candidates will be contacted in the spring for an interview. No additional application materials are required; candidates are considered based on the merit of application materials.

Applicants from countries from the Education USA Region of Europe / Eurasia are eligible, including: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Who is eligible: On-campus master’s program applicants.

No additional application required.

Excellence Scholarships are offered to the applicants with the strongest merit. The quality of the applicant is determined by a review of all application materials and is not solely based on a single criterion. This is a tuition scholarship aimed at recruiting the most highly desired applicants for the iSchool.

Who is eligible: Applicants to the on-campus M.S. in Applied Data Science and M.S. in Information Systems program.

The iSchool Values Award recognizes and reinforces the core values of excellence, discovery and innovation, integrity, diversity and inclusion, and global citizenship and engagement that drive the iSchool’s academic programs and its cultural environment. Awardees are considered ideal ambassadors of the iSchool vision and values who aspire to practice those values as information professionals after graduation.

iSchool Values Award winners receive a financial award that is also renewable for the second year.

Who is eligible: On-campus M.S. in Applied Data Science, M.S. in Information Systems, M.S. in Information Systems for Executives, and M.S. in Library and Information Science applicants.

Library and Information Science Scholarships

All on-campus Library and Information Science students without other funding sources will receive 30% or more off their tuition, starting in 2021.

Applicants are also automatically considered for many of our endowed scholarships. These are awarded to students who demonstrate high academic and professional achievement. These full and partial awards are made possible by the generous contributions of alumni and friends of the iSchool.

These selections are made through the completion of the Assistantship Application and review of the application for admission. There are no specific application materials are required for these scholarships.

The D. Whitney Coe Graduate Financial Assistance Fund is for Korean students who want to obtain a Master’s degree from the iSchool, with preference to those studying library science. This award covers partial to full tuition.

This scholarship was established in 1998 by D. Whitney Coe who graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 with a B.A. and in 1967 with an MLS. Mr. Coe’s interests concentrated on international librarianship. He discovered the reality faced by librarians from other countries and saw both the contributions American librarians could make, as well as how much American librarians could learn when working in the international environment.

Who is eligible: All full-time, on-campus master’s applicants from Korea; preference is given to M.S. in Library and Information Science applicants from Korea.

Awardees are granted partial tuition scholarships of 6-12 credit hours per year.

Who is eligible: Full-time, on-campus M.S. in Library and Information Science applicants.

Awardees are granted partial tuition scholarships of 6-12 credit hours per year.

Who is eligible: Full-time, on-campus M.S. in Library and Information Science and M.S. in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization applicants.

Each year, the School of Information Studies awards one Helen Benning Regnier Scholarship. This merit-based, full-tuition scholarship is given to an online learning student pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science.

Who is eligible: Online M.S. in Library and Information Science and M.S. in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization applicants.

Awardee will be required to provide administrative assistance to the Program Director for 10 hours a week as part of their award. 50% tuition credit per semester.

Who is eligible: Full-time, on-campus  M.S. in Library and Information Science applicants.