Funding at SILS
There are a variety of opportunities for funding at SILS through grants, assistantships, fellowships, internships and scholarships and other sources. For more information, please follow the links below.
- Carnegie Grants
- Student Assistantships, Fellowships, and Internships
- Scholarships and Grants for Under-Represented Students in Library and Information Science
- UNC at Chapel Hill Research Support
- Additional Funding Opportunities for ILS Graduate Students (identified by the Grant Source Library)
- Grant Source Library and Workshops
- Travel Grants
Small grants are available to SILS students for assistance with research costs where unusual expenses are involved.
Master’s students may apply once for up to $200 for expenses associated with their master’s paper. Doctoral students may apply twice for up to $200 each time ($400 total) for expenses associated with their research projects.
Grants can be made for the costs of travel, postage, compensation of human subjects, and certain other expenses. Grants are not made for the mechanical preparation of the resulting paper, i.e., typing, photocopying of the finished paper, etc. Your application must be approved before you make any expenditures for which you are requesting funds.
- Talk with your research advisor and secure the advisor’s approval for submitting a request.
Complete the Carnegie grant application for apply for funding.
- Develop a brief statement as to how the funds are to be used, along with a proposed budget.
- Have the faculty advisor complete the advisor approval section.
- Turn in the completed application to the SILS assistant dean for administration.
- You will be notified upon approval of your application
To apply for a cash advance for subject payments, meet with the SILS accounting technician for appropriate paperwork and instruction. To obtain reimbursement for payments, submit receipts for covered expenditures to the SILS accounting technician.
Note on compensation for human subjects: Normally, compensation should be made via gift cards. If the student and his or her advisor decide that compensation must be in cash, the following procedures should be followed:
- Each subject must sign and date a receipt acknowledging they received payment as compensation for participation in the study. These receipts should be kept confidential, along with the signed informed consent forms, either by the advisor or with the IRB forms in the main office for five years.
- To receive reimbursement, the student should submit a receipt containing the following information: number of subjects, amount given to each subject, date(s) of disbursement, statement of who holds the subjects’ acknowledgements receiving payment, signature of student, signature of advisor.
- In case of audit, the subjects’ acknowledgements may need to be produced for review.
SILS students who are presenting their work at a professional/research conference may apply for up to $200 for expenses associated with travel to that conference. To apply, they should fill out the Conference Travel Grant Application Form.
Reimbursement after the meeting will be made based on submission of actual receipts. In some cases, registration fee reimbursement may be requested in advance of the conference.