Update: The submission deadline has passed and nominations are under review. Decisions will be announced mid-December.
The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization and judged by a selection committee drawn from leading international schools.
The winner receives a prize of $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S. Both honorees will also be offered a complimentary registration, should they wish to collect their award in person at the iConference; the winner also receives a small travel allowance to help offset costs. Past iSchools Doctoral Dissertation honorees can be viewed here.
Each member iSchool can nominate only one applicant for the award. The applicant should have successfully completed the final paperwork for their Ph.D. between July 1 2018 to June 30, 2019 (inclusive). The dissertation research can be on any topic in the information field, broadly defined, and use any methodology.
Submission Materials for each Nomination
Submissions must be made by the representative who administratively signs off on Ph.D. matters (i.e., school’s Dissertation Chair or Doctoral Program Director, Postgraduate Research Committee Representative, or equivalent). Individuals cannot self-nominate.
The following three items should be submitted. The summary paper and letter must be submitted in English. The complete dissertation may be submitted in its original language, with the understanding that an English translation may be requested later, as explained under Review Process below.
The above three documents should each be formatted as a pdf, and then combined into a single zipped file; this file will be submitted to our secure submission website in time for the October 15 deadline.
Awards submissions go through a rigorous two-phase review procedure. In the first phase, which is anonymous, each dissertation summary is reviewed and discussed by a team of three reviewers and one of the dissertation award co-chairs. Five dissertations are then chosen for closer scrutiny. In the second phase, a smaller committee reads and discusses the five shortlisted dissertations in great detail in order to make the final decision.
Judging criteria for the Award can be viewed here.
Past iSchools Doctoral Dissertation honorees can be viewed here.
Questions about the Doctoral Dissertation Award should be addressed to the chairs listed above.
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Papers PublisherAccepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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