Tuition & Finances
Doctoral students in thesis-based programs like the PhD in Library & Information Science at the University of Western Ontario have a number of places to access funding.
Financial information for PhD in LIS students
All full-time PhD students in good standing will receive a funding package consistent with Western’s Doctoral Funding Guarantee
Funding is guaranteed pending continuous full-time enrolment, maintenance of a minimum average of 78% over all courses in each term, with no course below 60%, and meeting the required progression benchmarks.
- Bursaries and other funding through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
- The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also maintains a comprehensive listing of both internal and external funding sources. This includes loans, scholarships, grants, bursaries and workstudy programs.
Christopher Mathew Dixon LIS Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student, Master or PhD, with a minimum 78% academic average in the Library and Information Science Program. Preference will be given to someone who has not received another award or scholarship (excluding OGS or SSHRC). Students must demonstrate ongoing active involvement in community service outside of their academic studies (e.g., volunteer work, fundraising, coaching, etc.) in any arena (local, national, international). Candidates must submit a letter describing their community service, along with references, by January 31. The FIMS awards committee will select the recipient, with at least one member of the committee holding current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Sandra Miller (MLIS '01) in memory of her beloved husband Christopher Dixon (MLIS '00), who was a PhD student in LIS at the time of his death.
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