University of Illinois


Special Funding Opportunities

The following areas of emphasis currently have designated grant-based funding (e.g., assistantships, scholarships, and/or fellowships) available.

ARL/Music Library Association (M.S. campus)

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a large academic music library environment. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.

Students who have applied to or who are enrolled in an MLIS program with a concentration, certificate, or courses in music librarianship are eligible to apply for the ARL/MLA DII. ARL will accept applications on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact "John Wagstaff"-wagstaff, at

LIS Access Midwest Program (M.S. campus or online)

LAMP is a regional network of academic libraries and information science schools dedicated to promoting careers within the field of library and information science (LIS). The program accomplishes this goal by encouraging promising students at its member institutions to participate in activities and events designed to increase their awareness of the profession and to provide support for subsequent graduate studies in LIS. LAMP provides opportunity for professional development such as the LAMP summer institutes and internships, peer and professional mentorship and guidance, and financial assistance for the completion of a master's degree in LIS. LAMP specifically seeks to encourage the participation of students from statistically and historically underrepresented populations in LIS. Questions? Contact Amani Ayad, LAMP program coordinator. (Currently enrolled students will continue, but no new grant funding is available at this time.)

Mix IT Up! (M.S. campus or online)

Mix IT Up! offers support to student scholars through placements in community organizations emphasizing youth advocacy. Questions? Contact Jeanie Austin. (Grant expires May 2014)


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