PhD Awards

Application letters from students are only necessary for awards that include an asterisk (*) in the title.

PhD Student Conference Support *

Travel support to a total of $500 will be made available in an academic year to support conference attendance for a student in the PhD program. Preference will be given to students who are presenting a paper or poster, or contributing to conference organization. The availability of travel funds will be announced in early September with a deadline for application, via letter to the Chair of Doctoral Studies, by November 10.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Full-time Graduate Students who are presenting a paper are also eligible (once during a degree program) for funding from the Graduate Student Travel Fund.

Anne and George Piternick Student Research Award *

This award has been endowed by family and friends in honour of Anne and George Piternick. Professors Anne and George Piternick taught at the School of Library , Archival and Information Studies for a combined total of 48 years during which they provided, through their teaching and personal research projects, a stimulating scholarly atmosphere for library and information science research. The award will be given annually to a SLAIS doctoral student to support his or her research.

Guidelines and Procedures:
1. Students must apply for the award to the Chair of Doctoral Studies by November 10.
2. An ad hoc subcommittee of the Doctoral Studies Committee will adjudicate the applications.
3. The application for the award will be a letter that includes:

a. Title of the research project
b. Objectives of the project
c. Methodology
d. Budget, with a rationale for expenses if appropriate
e. Timeline

4. It is anticipated that the award will cover such research expenses as (but not limited to) travel to consult resources or experts in the research area, travel to participate in a doctoral consortium, travel to interview research subjects, postage to disseminate research instruments, programming expenses or software for data analysis, and travel to present research results in a poster or paper.
5. The Committee reserves the right to split the award into two awards or not to give the award in an individual year.
6. The amount of the award will be advanced to the recipient; the advance must be cleared, with receipts for expenses, within 12 months
7. Recipients of the award must present to the Committee a short follow-up report, detailing how the funds were spent and the benefits realized.