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Doctoral Dissertation Award

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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.


Each member iSchool can nominate applicants for the award. The applicants should have successfully completed their Ph.D. between to the rules of the university between October 01, 2023 to September 30, 2024. The research can be on any topic in the information field, and use any methodology.


Submissions can be made every year on our ConfTool submission site. At the moment the submission phase is closed. It will reopen again in the second half of 2024.

Submissions must be made by the official doctoral advisor. Individuals cannot self-nominate.

Review Process

Awards submissions go through a two-phase review procedure. In the first phase, which is anonymous, each dissertation summary is reviewed by two reviewers. The best five dissertations are then chosen for closer scrutiny and reviewing of a third reviewer. The dissertation with the best overall reviewing receives the Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Presenting an Award
Present, Publ & Award


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


  • PDF 1: Format: up to 10 pages including tables & figures, preferably in 12 pt Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins (excl. title page & references). References may be in any standard style format

  • Title Page (doctoral dissertation title, author name, email, phone number, address, current institution, advisor name & contact information, degree granting institution, and completion date)

  • An Abstract up to 200 words, plus keywords

  • A Summary of the research in English, regardless of the language of the doctoral dissertation.

  • PDF 2: Recommendation letter from the primary advisor (first reader).

  • PDF 3: The complete dissertation in PDF format should be submitted in its original language. An English translation might be requested, if necessary.



Next Nomination Deadline: to be announced

Decision notification date: to be announced​

All deadlines are in GMT-11 23:59.

Past Doctoral Dissertation Award winners


Dr. Wuyang Chen


The University of Texas at Austin (USA)

Demystifying Deep Network Architectures: from Theory to Applications

Dr. Jinkyung Katie Park

Runner up

Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information (USA)

Design Intervention to Reduce Online Incivility

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Contact staff regarding iConference 2024 in general.

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