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Applying for a PhD in Information Studies


We look forward to learning about you and your interests! Please review the admissions process and application requirements below prior to beginning your application. It is important to note that you do not need all of your admissions materials prepared to start your application. For instance, your resume and essay can be added after your application has been created. Exceptional part-time PhD applicants will be considered. Please contact the PhD program manager if you have questions.

Applications for the the 2019/2020 academic year will open August 1, 2018. First consideration deadline is December 15, 2018. 

We welcome applications from students interested in all areas of information studies. PhD students work closely with a faculty advisor to become an expert in their chosen area of study. As you prepare your application, it might be helpful to read about our current projects, students and faculty to learn about the projects and groups that you might become involved with as a student. Faculty who advise Information Studies PhD students include the following and many are looking for PhD students in the coming academic year:

Every year, there are research groups with specific funded positions, some of which are listed below. Faculty may also post open PhD research assistantships on their faculty or lab website.

Examples of open PhD research assistantship positions (admissions are not limited to these positions, but applicants in these areas are highly encouraged):

  • Alex Poole is looking for students interested in archives, records management, digital preservation, digital curation, data curation, digital humanities, diversity, and social justice.
  • Lori Richards is looking for students who are interested in archives, records management, digital preservation, digital curation, data curation, and social justice. 
  • Andrea Forte's Social Computing Research Group welcomes students who are generally interested in social computing issues, especially where they intersect systems and infrastructure design. Privacy and anonymity are current areas of growth. Click here for details.
  • Jake Williams is looking for students who are focused in data science, especially with an interest in design and analysis of social information processing systems.
  • Tony Hu is looking for students who are interested in Data Mining, Data Science & Bioinformatics, Social Media Analysis. Click here for details
  • Chris Yang is looking for students who are interested in healthcare informatics, social computing, data analytics, knowledge discovery, pharmacovigilance, and cybersecurity. Click here for details.