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 also receive a complimentary conference registration.
Past honorees can be viewed here.
Each member iSchool can nominate up to three applicants for the award. The applicants should have successfully completed the final paperwork for their Ph.D. between June 30, 2020 to October 01, 2021 (inclusive). The dissertation research can be on any topic in the information field, broadly defined, and use any methodology.
Submissions: Submissions can be made on our ConfTool submission site starting in early summer.
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) or the Doctoral Advisor. 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 the ConfTool submission site prior to the 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.
Doctoral Dissertation Award Chair
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