The Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) offers grants to Master of Information (MI) and Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) students who:
Have been invited to a conference in order to present a paper or a poster session or participate as a speaker or a panelist,
Are conducting a clearly defined research project, supervised by a Faculty member as part of their studies at the iSchool.
Grants are to be used to subsidize the cost of attending the conference or to help defray research-related costs of conducting the research project. A committee of alumni volunteers will decide the grant amount awarded to each recipient, but no individual award will exceed $500. A student may receive only one grant during their program at the iSchool. Grant recipients will be acknowledged on the Faculty website.
Qualifications & Selection Process
Be currently registered in the MI or MMSt programs at the Faculty of Information
Have been invited to present a poster session, or a paper, or participate as a speaker/panelist at the conference for which they are applying OR
Be conducting a clearly defined research project, supervised by a Faculty supervisor as part of their studies at the iSchool
Be able to demonstrate how a grant would assist with the costs of attending the conference or conducting the research activity
Meeting the minimum qualifications of the grant does not guarantee winning a grant. Grants are assessed on a competitive basis.
Selection will be made by the FIAA Grants and Awards Committee, based on the following criteria:
Ability to clearly demonstrate how the grant would assist with defraying the costs of conference attendance/research activity
Quality of letter specifying how conference attendance/research grant will benefit the applicant in their graduate program/research project
Quality of applicant’s letter of support; individualized letters from Faculty members are preferred.
Overall quality of the application
All applicants will be notified of the results of their application by email.
If awarded a grant, applicants must:
Commit to reporting on their conference experience/research project and supplying a photograph in order to receive the grant
Complete an expense form with all original receipts attached, including boarding passes for flights, or tickets for train trips (local transportation within the GTA is generally not eligible). Expense forms are also available at the iSchool Student Services Office.
All required documentation must be submitted by the date indicated in the student’s grant notification email (i.e. within one month of being notified of receiving a grant OR for conferences/activities that will be taking place in the future, one month after the end of the conference/activity). The grant will be forfeited if all items are not received by Student Services by the deadline date.
Application Process & Deadline
1. Submit one application package, containing the following items:
A completed Application form
A letter (max. 2 pages), including the title of the presentation/research project, a statement about how conference attendance/research activity will benefit the applicant in their program/research, a breakdown of the costs and how this grant will assist with conference/research-related costs
A letter of support from a sponsoring iSchool Faculty member (can be a sessional instructor affiliated with the iSchool). The letter may wish to address aspects such as: the student’s character/skills/abilities, the quality of the student’s paper, the significance or importance of attendance at the conference, any accomplishments the student has had in the class/under the Faculty member’s supervision, and any other information to assist the Grants & Awards Committee to make its grant decisions.
2. Submit the complete application package via email to:
Alexia Loumankis (Chair, FIAA Grants & Awards Committee) firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeadlinesDeadlines for receipt of applications are approximately November 15 and March 15 of each year.If you are applying for a grant in the Fall session, your conference/research activity must occur between September 1, 2019 and February 28, 2020.The deadline date for the Fall 2019 grant applications is Friday, November 22, 2019.If you are applying for a grant in the Winter 2020 session, your conference/research activity must occur between January 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.The deadline date for the Winter 2020 grant applications is Sunday, March 15, 2020.