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2023 Doctoral Dissertation Award


Call for Nominations

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, the runner up $1,000. Both honorees also receive a complimentary conference registration.

Current and 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, 2021 to October 01, 2022. The dissertation research can be on any topic in the information field, broadly defined, and use any methodology.


Submissions can be made on our ConfTool submission site starting May 23, 2022.

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 items should be submitted (Three PDF files in one Zip file):

  • Summary of the dissertation research
    • Language: English
    • Format: PDF, Up to ten double-spaced pages (Tables & figures in the text or at the end count towards this limit), 12 pt Times New Roman font, at least one-inch margins (excl. title page & references)
    • Sections: 
      • Title Page (Dissertation title, author name, email, phone number, address, current institution, advisor name & contact information, degree granting institution, and dissertation completion date)
      • Body (First page with title, abstract up to 200 words, keywords; the rest should include a comprehensive summary of the dissertation including e.g. the topic, research context and questions, theoretical or contextual framework, methodology and methods, and findings)
      • References (Formatted in any appropriate style)
    • Anonymization: Author-identifying elements must be excluded from first submissions to facilitate blind review. Authors are encouraged to cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work [10], …” and instead use “As described by [10], …”.
  • Letter from the dissertation chair or Doctoral Program Director of the degree-granting institution
            • Language: English
            • Format: PDF
            • Attestation of: 
                • The summary paper is authored by the applicant only and is based on the applicant’s dissertation
                • applicant is eligible for the award (see Eligibility)
                • dissertation is regarded by the dissertation committee and the degree granting institution as being representative of the best level of their doctoral work
        • Complete dissertation
    • Language: May be submitted in its original language, an English translation might be requested later
    • Format: PDF


    Nomination Deadline: 1 October, 2022

    Decision Notification: Mid-February, 2023

    Review Process

    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

      • TBA, TBA


      Contact regarding questions about the Award or iConference 2023 in general. 




        Papers Publisher

        Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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