Funded PhD opportunities at Rutgers iSchool

Marija Dalbello's picture
October 24, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Library and Information Science, Journalism and Media Studies, Digital Humanities

The Rutgers iSchool invites outstanding applicants for entry into our doctoral program. We invite applications by students from all backgrounds interested in pursuing research advancing the information field. The LIS area of concentration in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Communication, Information, and Media Studies provides an excellent environment for research in such areas as:

Health Information and Technology
Human Information Behavior
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Institutions, Artifacts, and Documents
Information Retrieval and Language Analysis
Learning, Education, and Technology
Social Computing and Data Science

Connecting these research foci are common threads: people and community; data, information, and knowledge; technologies, systems, and networks; and empowerment, engagement, and action.

The school includes world-renowned faculty who are leading researchers and teach in these areas. Their accomplishments are reflected in a large pool of scholarly publications, awards and grants. Doctoral students include ALA Spectrum Fellows, Rutgers Diversity Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Our graduates have been placed in top academic institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California, Irvine, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois as well as in a wide range of research, professional, business, and government settings.

The LIS Department is one of the founding iSchools, an international consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. Our interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Information, and Media is in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a leading national research university. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. We are among the top 23 public universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and top 63 in national universities. The university is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities and the Universities Research Association.   

Our location in central New Jersey and close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia makes us ideally suited for scholars seeking to make significant contributions to the social development of individuals by understanding the links among people, information and technology. Our doctoral program is an ideal place to pursue ground-breaking research about information, technology and people in one of the most intellectually and culturally diverse areas of the world.   

Funded PhD student opportunities include fellowships, and teaching, research, and graduate assistantships. Students may be able to join one of the research groups such as the Behavioral Informatics Lab ( Generous travel support is available to all PhD students at all stages of their study. Financial aid is available through part-time lecturer positions. We provide support in obtaining additional funding from external resources, such as the ALA’s Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program, or Fulbright Program. Get more information:   

Application deadline for the fall 2021 term is January 5, with late applications to be considered at a May 1 deadline. Students requesting financial aid must apply by January 5

To apply, follow this link:

This page also contains detailed information about the application process and the link for submitting your application.

We especially encourage students from historically and statistically underrepresented minority groups to apply.
The PhD program in Communication, Information, and Media at Rutgers University invites students who are interested in the program to join us for a virtual information session and social hour with current faculty and students on Thursday, November 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST(+5 GMT) via Zoom. If you are interested in attending this session, please fill out this form with your information and we will contact you 24 hours prior to the event with the Zoom call information:

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