The School of Information provides internal funding opportunities for our graduate students. These opportunities, some of which are funded by alumni and friends of the School, allow students to better focus on the task at hand: pursuing a well-rounded graduate education at a highly respected research and teaching institution.
- School of Information Scholarship Opportunities
- External Scholarship Opportunities
- Fellowships, Awards, and External Funding
- Florida State Employee Tuition Waiver
- FSU Employee Tuition Scholarship Fund
The School of Information provides a limited number of assistantships for graduate students at the master’s, specialist (post-master’s), and doctoral levels.
Types of Assistantships
- Graduate Assistantships: working in the College’s library, computer laboratories, administrative offices, and student services.
- Research Assistantships: working with a faculty member assisting with research-related activities.
- Teaching Assistantships: working with a faculty member teaching a course, grading, and other assigned duties.
Assistantship Application Deadlines
- March 1 for summer,
- July 1 for fall, and
- November 1 for spring.
Apply for an Assistantship Online
Graduate students who are awarded an assistantship typically receive the following:
- Stipend*: Assistantship appointments typically include a stipend at half time (20 hours per week). Some of these appointments require working between semesters.
- Waiver*: Assistantship appointments typically include a matriculation and out-of-state tuition waiver for 9 hours.
*Note: Stipend and waiver amounts depend upon funding availability and are subject to change.
Students applying for an assistantship must be admitted to the School of Information as a regular degree-seeking student and be in good academic standing with the University. Non-Degree Seeking and Provisionally Admitted students are not eligible.
Assistantships are generally half-time appointments which require approximately 20 hours of work per week. Most assistantship awards include a bi-weekly stipend and a waiver of nine hours of in-state tuition. Students awarded an assistantship must be registered for a minimum of 9 semester hours each fall and spring semester (summer hour enrollment varies depending upon session). Course fees and insurance are not covered by assistantship awards.
All appointments are for one semester and may, at the option of the School and the student, be renewed throughout the student’s time of study in the graduate program. Students who are awarded an assistantship will be notified of their appointment by email and will be provided a deadline by which they must respond.
Appointments are based on academic ability as verified by transcripts of current and previous work, graduate entrance exam scores, your resume, as well as applicable skills in the area assigned.
To remain eligible for an Assistantship, a student must:
- Must remain in good academic standing and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, as well as
- Perform satisfactorily in the position to which they are assigned as determined by the hiring supervisor
Graduate Assistantships are half-time positions available in the School of Information where students are assigned to work with the Harold Goldstein Library, School of Information Administrative Offices, Academic & Research Technologies, CCI Helpdesk or other areas within the School as needed. Due to the nature of work in these positions, students must be available to work in person at the Tallahassee Main Campus. Graduate Assistantships are half-time appointments (approximately 20 hours per week).
For more information about potential available positions, contact one of our centers or institutes.
The Administrative Team in the School of Information selects applicants to fill teaching assistantship positions. Teaching Assistantship assignment availability is based on available class offerings and course enrollments, and varies by semester.
School of Information Scholarship Opportunities
The School of Information provides a number of School of Information Scholarship Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The Scholarship Application for the 2012-2013 academic year is now closed. Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year will be made available in April 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Graduate Student Services.
External Funding Opportunities
Opportunities for financial aid are available from sources outside the School and the University. They are provided by a diverse group of professional organizations related to the field of information studies. We have provided the following index of External Funding Opportunities that provides a partial list of these funding sources, as well as links for more in depth descriptions and contact information.
- State Organizations
- National and International Associations
- Programs for Underrepresented Populations
- Programs for Students with Disabilities
- Additional Sources of Financial Aid
State Library Associations
Many state library associations offer scholarships and awards to qualified applicants. Research funding opportunities by selecting your state library association below.