Awards & Scholarships


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To apply for our Faculty of Information internal awards: Please apply through the Omnibus Awards application. Every year, it will open from August 1 to September 30.

Faculty of Information Admission Awards

To apply:

  • Submit a complete admission application to the program by January 31 of any year. It is the responsibility of applicants to notify referees of any early deadlines for submission of documents to be considered for entrance awards consideration.
  • No separate application required
Award name Eligible Degree program
1971 School of Library Science Scholarship MI
Alumni Fund Scholarships MI
Dean’s Master of Information Scholarships MI
Delmar and Audrey Cobban Grant MI
Faculty of Information Fellowships  MI, MMSt
Hilda Wilson Fellowship in Technology, Information and Culture MI, MMSt, PhD
Mary Freeman Scholarship MI
Mary Grace McConnell Graduate Scholarship MI
Mentorship Awards MI, MMSt
Winifred G. Barnstead Fellowship MI
Bachelor of Information Admission Awards BI

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Other Admission Awards

These are awards offered through SGS, University of Toronto, and/or Canadian government agencies.

All individual applications required. The deadlines are varied through the year. Please review information for each award through links.

Award name Eligible Degree program
Mackenzie King Scholarships MI, MMSt, PhD
NSERC Doctoral Awards PhD
OGS – Ontario Graduate Scholarships MI, MMSt, PhD
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships PhD
School of Graduate Studies Admission Awards MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS University-Wide Awards MI, MMSt, PhD
SSHRC Doctoral Awards PhD
SSHRC Master’s Awards Competition / Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS M) MI, MMSt
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) PhD

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Faculty of Information In-Course awards

The Omnibus Awards application can be accessed and completed online. Every year, it will open from August 1 to September 30.

Award name Eligible Degree program To apply
ARMA Toronto Chapter Award  MI automatic consideration
Dean’s Advisory Board Graduate Scholarship  MI, MMSt automatic consideration
FLIS 60th Anniversary Grant  MI automatic consideration
Florence Partridge Scholarship   MI, MMSt automatic consideration
HBC Foundation Fellowship  MI, MMSt automatic consideration
Jane Prescott Memorial Prize  MI, MMSt, PhD automatic consideration
Kathleen Reeves Memorial Prize  MI automatic consideration
Mildred Adams Memorial Grant  MI, MMSt, PhD automatic consideration
Professor Laurent G. Denis Memorial Fellowship  MI, MMSt, PhD automatic consideration
Rare Books and Manuscripts Prize  MI automatic consideration
Rebanks Family Fellowship  MMSt automatic consideration
Susan Waintman Memorial Grant  MI, MMSt automatic consideration
Vivian and David Campbell Family Foundation Summer Training Fellowship  MMSt automatic consideration
A.Y. Elizabeth McCullough Grant  MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Ethel W. Auster Scholarship for Doctoral Research  PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Eszter Turchanyi Memorial Grant  MI, MMSt Omnibus Awards Application
George H. Locke Memorial Fellowship  MI Omnibus Awards Application
Grace Buller Indigenous Student Scholarship  MI Omnibus Awards Application
Hilda Wilson Fellowship in Technology, Information and Culture  MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Marcia J. Nauratil Memorial Fellowship  PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Mr. Paul Chan Po Sum and Mrs. Rose Chan Chi Chiu Memorial Grant  MI, MMSt Omnibus Awards Application
Ruth Corner Public Librarian Fellowship  MI Omnibus Awards Application
Scholarship in Public Librarianship  MI Omnibus Awards Application
University of Toronto Women’s Association Adele Csima Fellowship  MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
COVID-19 Research Pivot Bursary MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required
COVID-19 Program Completion Award PhD individual application required
Doctoral Completion Awards  PhD individual application required
PhD Conference Travel Award  PhD individual application required

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Other In-Course awards

These are awards offered through SGS, University of Toronto, and/or Canadian government agencies.

All individual applications required. The deadlines are varied through the year. We will notify students through our weekly iSchool newsletter if there is an approaching deadline for a particular award.

Award name Eligible Degree program
Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award  PhD
Autism Scholars Award  MI, MMSt, PhD
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships  MI, MMSt, PhD
University of Toronto Student Leadership Award (formerly the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award) MI, MMSt
Mackenzie King Scholarships  MI, MMSt, PhD
Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards  MI, MMSt, PhD
NSERC Doctoral Awards  PhD
OGS – Ontario Graduate Scholarships  MI, MMSt, PhD
Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award  MI, MMSt, PhD, Postdoctoral
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships  PhD
School of Graduate Studies In-Course Awards  MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS Conference Grant  MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award  MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS Master’s Completion Bursary  MI, MMSt
SGS Parental Grant  MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS Research Travel Grant  PhD
SGS Scholar- at-Risk Fellowship  Research stream Master’s or Doctoral
SGS Sponsorship Fund  MI, MMSt, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
SGS Summer Gym Bursary  MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS University-Wide Awards  MI, MMSt, PhD
SSHRC Doctoral Awards  PhD
SSHRC Master’s Awards Competition / Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (CGS-M) MI, MMSt
SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit  not available for 2019-2020. MI, MMSt, PhD
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) PhD

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Awards for Black or Indigenous students

The awards listed below have a focus on Black or Indigenous students (or research topics) offered through the Faculty, SGS, and University of Toronto.

We have also prepared a list of awards offered by third-party organizations that students may wish to take a look at as well.

The Omnibus Awards application can be accessed and completed online. Every year, it will open from August 1 to September 30.

Award name Eligible Degree program To apply Deadline

BLACK GRADUATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE BURSARY

 MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required October 31
Dr. Lillian McGregor Indigenous Award of Excellence & Marilyn Van Norman Indigenous Student Leadership Award BI, MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required varies
Gladys Watson Indigenous Education Fund BI, MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required varies
Grace Buller Indigenous Student Scholarship (MI) MI Omnibus Awards application September 30
Faculty of Information Grant for Black or Indigenous Students BI, MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards application September 30
SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award (MI, MMSt, PhD) MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required varies
SGS University-Wide Awards (MI, MMSt, PhD) MI, MMSt, PhD individual application required varies
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) PhD  individual application required  varies

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Faculty of Information Convocation Awards

These are awards that our graduating students are being considered for. All considerations are made automatically as we get close to June convocation. Students that graduated in March and November will also be considered with the June graduating cohort.

  • Art Gallery of Ontario Visitor Experience Award (MMSt)
  • Canadian Museums Association Prize (MMSt)
  • Douglas Armstrong Memorial Award (MI)
  • Gertrude M. Boyle Memorial Award in Cataloguing (MI)
  • Margaret Canning Public Librarian Prize (MI)
  • Ontario Library Association Anniversary Prize (MI)
  • Toronto Area Archivist Group Award (MI)
  • Ukrainian Heritage Association & Museum of Canada Prize in Museum Studies (MMSt)
  • William Graff Memorial Prize (MI)

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Third-party awards

This section contains a collection of awards where the adjudication of the award does not involve the Faculty, or the University, in any way. The Faculty will not be liable for any misinformation on the individual organizations’ pages. We are unable to help field any inquiries specific to these awards – please contact the offering organization directly for advice.

Award name Offering organization Applicable program Notes
ACM 2020-2021 Diversity in Action Fellowship Association of Children’s Museums MMst for conference attendance
Alain Maktar Heritage Scholarship Inuit Heritage Trust MMst
ALISE Diversity Travel Award Association of library and Information Science Educators LIS for conference attendance
APALA Scholarship Asian/Pacific Americans Library Association LIS
APALA Travel Award Asian/Pacific Americans Library Association LIS for conference attendance
BBPA National Scholarship Fund Black Business and Professional Association Any
Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students Indspire Any
CBTU Ann Newman Scholarship Fund Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Any
Diversity and Equity Bursary Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) LIS for conference attendance
Diversity Conference Scholarship Microsoft UXD for conference attendance
Diversity Scholarship Music Library Association LIS
Diversity Scholarship American Theological Library Association Any
Diversity Scholarship Program Access LIS for conference attendance
Doctoral Dissertation Award The iSchools PhD
E.J. Josey Scholarship Award BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association) LIS
Emerging Leaders Sponsorship Asian/Pacific Americans Library Association LIS for ALA Emerging Leaders Program attendance
Four Directions Scholarship ONECA Any
Gary Pruden Scholarship, The Honourable Pearl Calahasen Scholarship, and the The Delia Gray Memorial Scholarship Métis Nation of Alberta Any
George A. Strait Minority Scholarship & Fellowship American Association of Law Libraries LIS
Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award Archivists and Archives of Color Section of SAA ARM for conference attendance
Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award Native Women’s Association of Canada Any
Indigenous Student Awards Program Royal Bank of Canada Any
Indigenous Student Scholarship Nelson Any
Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship (IIOD) Toronto Community Housing Any
Jim Bourque Scholarship Arctic Institute of North America Any
Kaleidoscope Program The Association of Research Libraries LIS
Libyan-North American Scholarship Canadian Bureau for International Education Any
LITA / LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology Library and Information Technology Association Any
LITA / OCLC Spectrum Scholarship in Library and Information Technology Library and Information Technology Association Any
MLA Scholarship for Under-represented Students Medical Library Association LIS
Mosaic Scholarship The Society of American Archivists and the Society of American Archivists Foundation ARM
Native American Awards Program Smithsonian MMst
Native American Fellowship Program Peabody Essex Museum MMst
REFORMA scholarship The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking LIS
Rev. John C Holland Youth Scholarship Reverend John C. Holland Awards Any
Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking LIS
Smile Bursaries Smile Foundation Any
Spectrum Scholarship American Library Association LIS
The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science Chinese American Librarians Association LIS
The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science Chinese American Librarians Association LIS
Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship American Indian Library Association LIS

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