School of Library and Information Studies

Interdisciplinary Ph.D

Individuals may pursue a Ph.D. at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), University of Alberta, in conjunction with another department on campus (i.e., one that has an established Ph.D. program). Currently, interested individuals must apply as Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students, to the other campus department, with a program proposal that requires co-supervision by a SLIS faculty member. Students admitted to this program in recent years have been jointly supervised by faculty members in Education, Nursing and Psychology. Information about the Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. If you are interested in this program, please speak to potential supervisors at SLIS, and with the Graduate Coordinator, in addition to potential supervisors and the Graduate Coordinator in the other supervisory department.

SLIS encourages students to pursue funding in support of their Ph.D. program as part of the application process. Please note that applications may be submitted at any time during the year. As the process for confirming supervisors and completing the paperwork may take a number of months, students are encouraged to begin the process approximately one year prior to their anticipated start date.

Ph.D. Funding

SLIS does not have the financial resources to guarantee funding to Ph.D. students.  However, there are a number of funding opportunities available for which students may apply; please note that application deadlines for these awards vary according to each organization.  These include:

  • National Scholarships (e.g., SSHRC; CIHR; NSERC)

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research General Awards (e.g., Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship)

  • SLIS Research Assistantships (as available)

  • And many others - please consult the University Calendar for details.