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There are many ways to obtain funding for your studies. The simplest, but not necessarily the most attractive are graduate student assistantships (GSA). There is a limited number of GSA positions in the Department of Information Science. GSA positions are awarded for varying work assignments on a competitive basis based on the qualifications and, in part, the need of the applicants. Examples of assignments are: assisting faculty in teaching and research, working in the SLIS library, or working in the computer laboratories. It is worth realizing that usually these assignments are not related to the studies and GSA work tends to be a factor that slows down the studies. Most GSA positions are assigned in halves: the duties involve 10 hours work, and in return a modest stipend and 50% or the tuition fees. Applications for GSA positions are accepted twice a year. Please, check the deadlines with Heather Frye, , SLIS 732, phone +1 (412) 624-9404.

A very attractive source of funding are graduate research assistantships, available through various faculty members. These are assigned primarily on the basis of skill: Recipients are normally students who are involved in a project with a faculty member. It is a good idea to let these skills be known (i.e., be involved in a project as soon as you identify your interests), as faculty members understandably tend to favor supporting those students that they have been working with. Research projects have deliverables and there are duties involved. These are usually synergistic with the overall goal of doctoral studies and normally lead to a doctoral dissertation. It is in the student's best interest to search for a dissertation topic within the project that funds him/her. DSL offers research assistantships -please check the list of our ongoing projects and get in touch with Dr. Druzdzel.

Finally, it is possible to obtain graduate fellowships from various agencies and foundations. These are usually assigned on a competitive basis (based on a research proposal or an essay) and the competition is fierce. The benefits are usually excellent: you have no duties assigned from the department and can concentrate on your research. The links listed below are meant to provide you with initial pointers to information about the funding sources.

Local resources:

Federal Funding Agencies:

Awards, grants, and fellowships from professional organizations:


by Tomek D Loboda and Mark Voortman