Awards & Scholarships


Last Updated: March 26, 2022, 10:28 AM ET

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Faculty of Information Admission Awards

How 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.
    • Other than the Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarship for Master’s students, no other admission awards will require a separate application form.
List of Faculty of Information Admission Awards
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
Faculty of Information International Fellowship MI, MMSt
Hilda Wilson Fellowship in Technology, Information and Culture MI, MMSt, PhD
Inclusive Excellence Admissions Scholarships for Master’s Students MI, MMSt
Mary Freeman Scholarship MI
Mary Grace McConnell Graduate Scholarship MI
Welcome awards (formerly known as Mentorship Awards) MI, MMSt
Winifred G. Barnstead Fellowship MI
Bachelor of Information Admission Awards BI

Other Admission Awards

These are awards offered through the 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.

Faculty of Information In-Course Awards

Both incoming and continuing Faculty of Information students are eligible to apply for the Faculty of Information In-Course awards. These awards are only available to our Faculty of Information students.

Students only need to complete one application to be considered for all eligible awards – the Omnibus Awards application. The application can be accessed and completed online. Every year, it will open from August 1 to September 30.

The Awards Committee will review applications after the application period has closed and will inform recipients as decisions are being made through the academic year.

List of Faculty of Information Undergraduate In-Course Awards
Award Name Eligible Degree Program To Apply
Betty MacLean Education Award BI No application Required
Faculty of Information EDI Fellowship BI, MI, MMSt Individual Application Required
Judy Mills Award BI No Application Required
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) BI Individual Application Required
Sandy Pearlman Information Undergraduate Award BI Omnibus Awards Application
University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA) BI Individual Application Required
List of Faculty of Information Graduate In-Course Awards
Award Name Eligible Degree Program To Apply
ARMA Toronto Chapter Award MI Automatic Consideration
A. Y. Elizabeth McCullough Grant MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
COVID-19 Program Completion Award PhD Individual Application Required
COVID-19 Research Pivot Bursary MI, MMSt, PhD Individual Application Required
Dean’s Advisory Board Graduate Scholarship MI, MMSt Automatic Consideration
Doctoral Completion Awards PhD Individual Application Required
Elizabeth Reid and Marilyn Hernandez Graduate Scholarship in Biomedical / Health Information MI Omnibus Awards Application
Eszter Turchanyi Memorial Grant MI, MMSt Omnibus Awards Application
Ethel W. Auster Scholarship for Doctoral Research PhD Individual Application Required
Faculty of Information EDI Fellowship BI, MI, MMSt Individual Application Required
FLIS 60th Anniversary Grant MI Omnibus Awards Application
Florence Partridge Scholarship MI, MMSt Omnibus Awards Application
George H. Locke Memorial Fellowship MI Omnibus Awards Application
Grace Buller Indigenous Student Scholarship MI Omnibus Awards Application
HBC Foundation Fellowship MI, MMSt Automatic Consideration
Hilda Wilson Fellowship in Technology, Information and Culture MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Jane Prescott Memorial Prize MI, MMSt, PhD Automatic Consideration
Kathleen Reeves Memorial Grant MI Automatic Consideration
Macia J. Nauratil Memorial Fellowship PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Mildred Adams Memorial Grant MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Mr. Paul Chan Po Sum and Mrs. Rose Chan Chi Chiu Memorial Grant MI, MMSt Omnibus Awards Application
PhD Conference Travel Award PhD Individual Application Required
Professor Laurent G. Denis Memorial Fellowship MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Rare Books and Manuscripts Prize MI Automatic Consideration
Rebanks Family Fellowship MMSt Automatic Consideration
Ruth Corner Public Librarian Fellowship MI Omnibus Awards Application
Scholarship in Public Librarianship MI Omnibus Awards Application
Susan Waintman Memorial Grant MI, MMSt Automatic Consideration
University of Toronto Women’s Association Adele Csima Fellowship MI, MMSt, PhD Omnibus Awards Application
Vivian and David Campbell Family Foundation Summer Training Fellowship MMSt Automatic Consideration

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.

List of Other In-Course Awards
Award Name Eligible Degree Program
Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award PhD
Autism Scholars Award MI, MMSt, PhD
The Centre for Global Disability Studies Small Grants 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
Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) MI, MMSt, PhD
Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award MI, MMSt, PhD, Postdoctoral
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships PhD
President’s Award for the Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year BI, MI, MMSt, PhD
SGS 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 MI, MMSt, PhD
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) PhD

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.

List of Awards for Black or Indigenous Students
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 Iindigenous 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
President’s Award for the Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year BI, MI, MMSt, PhD Individual Application Required June 1
SGS Indigenous Graduate Travel Award MI, MMSt, PhD Individual Application Required Varies
SGS University-Wide Awards MI, MMSt, PhD Individual Application Required Varies
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) PhD Individual Application Required Varies

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)
    • Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement (MI; 6 awards available; a recipient from each following concentration: UXD, ISD, HCDS, CIPS, C&T and KMIM).

Other Awards for Students and Alumni (FIAA)

This section contains a collection of awards and grants available to current students and alumni of the Faculty of Information, administered by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) and the University of Toronto.

List of awards and grants administered by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) and the University of Toronto.
Award Name Eligibility Offering Organization Notes
FIAA Student Conference / Research Grants BI, MI, MMSt FIAA Research and / or conferences
FIAA Alumni Professional Development Grants Faculty of Information Alumni FIAA Course, workshop, or conference registration fees
FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award Faculty of Information Alumni FIAA Innovation and leadership
FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award MI, MMSt FIAA Significant all-around contribution to Faculty life
Wendy Newman Library Leadership Award Faculty of Information Alumni FIAA Pursuing leadership roles in public librarianship

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.

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