The Thomson Reuters Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship was established in 1981 and is administered by the ASIS&T Information Science Education Committee. The award is sponsored by the IThomson Reuters.
1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The scholarship shall consist of an award of $1,500 (donated by the Institute for Scientific Information). Additionally, Thomson Reuters shall contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting, and $250 to ASIS&T Headquarters towards administrative fees.
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of this scholarship is to foster research in information science by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.
3.1 The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:
(a) Be an active doctoral student in the information science area in a doctoral degree-granting institution;
(b) Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution or achieved the equivalent in their institution. The equivalent would typically include the formation of and motivation for a research question or topic, synthesis of prior research relevant to the research question, and a valid research design specifying data collection and analysis methods that are to be used in addressing the research question. A letter that confirms the student’s status with respect to their dissertation must be submitted by the student’s primary research supervisor.
3.2 Because of the limits proposed by timing considerations, awards may be made for research underway, e.g., a student who begins research in the fall may apply for support for expenses incurred from the fall until the time the award is made.
3.3 The applicant need not be a Student Member or a Regular Member of ASIS&T to be considered for this scholarship.
3.4 The recipient of the scholarship may not receive it a second time.
4.1 The Thomson Reuters Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship is sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee.
5.1 Nominations should be submitted electronically by July 1.
5.2 The submission package should include the following:
(a) The research proposal;
(b) A cover letter from the dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal; and
(c) An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
5.3 The research proposal should include the following:
(a) Description for the research, including significance and methodology (10 pages or less, double-spaced);
(b) Schedule of completion;
(c) Budget and budget justification for items for which financial support is sought (must be items for which no other support is available; examples of acceptable budget items are printing, computer time, fees to subjects, keypunching, statistical consulting, photography, art work, typing, and professional travel);
(d) Other support (including scholarships, assistantships, and employment); and
(e) Name of the dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal.
6. Jury Committee
6.1 The Thomson Reuters Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship Jury is composed of seven members, appointed by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee, who serve for one year. It should be made up of at least one non- academic researcher, one practitioner (neither a researcher nor an academic) and three information science educators, one of whom is clearly a researcher.
6.2 Members of the Jury may be reappointed once.
6.3 The Jury may also serve as the Jury for the Doctoral Dissertation Award.
7. Selection of the Awardee
7.1 Submissions will be judged on merit with emphasis on the following:
(a) Potential significance of research to the field of information science (no attempt will be made to define “information science,” but the subjects should be consistent with topics usually published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science or presented at ASIS&T meetings);
(b) Validity of methodology and proposed methods of analysis;
(c) Originality and creativity;
(d) Clarity and completeness of the proposal;
(e) Presentation of a convincing plan for completion in a reasonable amount of time; and
(f) Evidence of a continuing interest in scholarship, such as, a previous publication record.
7.2 Each of the proposals shall be scored by the six selection criteria on a five-point scale. They will also be ranked by each juror against each other according to the criterion of financial need. While jurors may not have complete data to assess need, they may use information from the applicant’s vita, such as, number of dependents, holding of a full-time professional position, and other scholarships and assistantships.
7.3 If two proposals of nearly-equal merit are received, the scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of need. If two proposals judged to be of equally high merit are received from persons of equal apparent need, an effort should be made to break the tie. If this fails, the scholarship may be divided. In no case shall it be divided into more than two parts.
7.4 The Jury Chair shall compile the results of the rankings and, if necessary, initiate a reiteration of the process with the top proposals only until a clear winner(s) is (are) agreed upon.
7.5 In the event that the Jury does not receive any high-quality proposals, the scholarship may be withheld and added to the following year’s award.
7.6 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury’s decision to the ASIS&T President, the chair of the Information Science Education Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director, and the Institute for Scientific Information.
7.7 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. This abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by members of the jury.
7.8 The Jury Chair shall submit the nomination packets and the results of jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after the selection of awardee(s) has been completed.
7.9 The ASIS&T Executive Director shall notify the winner(s), in advance of the annual meeting.
8. Presentation of the Award
8.1 The award shall be presented to the winner by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Association.
9.1 The scholarship shall be publicized in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the Society website. Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters. Thomson Reuters will contribute $250 toward these expenses.
10.1 Appointments to the Jury Committee shall be made in advance of the award year and not later than the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
10.2 Proposals must be submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters by July 1. All proposals submitted must be acknowledged upon receipt.
10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee, the chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director, and the Institute for Scientific Information shall be notified by 60 days before the start of the annual meeting.
[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [revised 5/95][revised 10/96][revised 2/97] [revised 11/97]