Awards

  • Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment:  The Allen Kent Scholarship Endowment award is presented annually to a graduate student who makes an outstanding contribution to SIS’ Information Science & Technology Program. Allen Kent is a distinguished service professor emeritus at SIS. Awardees are selected by faculty committee.
  • Catherine Ofiesh and Gerald Orner Award: This award established by Dr. Gerald Orner in memory of his wife Catherine Ofiesh, an alumna of the former School of Information Science, recognizes students in our School who write original and innovative papers in the field of information science. Travel awards will be granted to students whose papers are accepted for presentation at the annual iConference.

Scholarships

  • James G. Williams Scholarship Fund: The James G. Williams Scholarship Fund was created to honor Distinguished Professor Emeritus James G. Williams. The scholarship supports an outstanding student enrolled in the MSIS Program. Recipients are nominated by the faculty.
  • Scholarship for Service (SFS)This scholarship opportunity is available only to U.S. citizens and is intended to train information professionals who will design, build, and secure the nation’s information systems. The SFS program supports students who are earning an MSIS or MST in the Security Assured Information Systems specialization at SIS. SFS provides full tuition, a stipend, conference travel support, and a paid summer internship to qualified applicants. Graduates will work for a U.S. governmental agency for up to two years after successfully completing this program of study.

Assistantships

  • Commonwealth Scholars Assistantship: Each year, SCI receives Commonwealth Funds, which are earmarked to support graduate students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or U.S. immigrants/permanent residents. This program offers both tuition and stipend support, as part of this 10-15 hour/week assistantship. Commonwealth-supported students will assist with student recruiting, community-building events, and SIS’ diversity programs. If interested, please select “Commonwealth Funds” when completing the financial assistance portion of your application for admission.
  • Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) / Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) [doctoral students only]: GSAs and GSRs receive remission of half or full tuition plus a stipend for a 10 or 20-hour weekly assignment in the school. GSAs may be assigned to work with one or more faculty members or to work in the iSchool at Pitt Labs. GSRs are assigned to work on research projects. Stipend rates are established by the University and are available here.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) / Teaching Fellow (TF) [doctoral students only]: TAs receive full or partial tuition remission plus a stipend for assisting faculty with their teaching and/or research. TFs receive full tuition remission plus a stipend for teaching one course under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Stipend rates are established by the University and are available here.