Funded PhD student opportunities at the School of Information Sciences at Illinois -application deadline: December 1, 2019

We invite applications to our world-renowned and highly interdisciplinary doctoral program at the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois. Our students have backgrounds in a broad range of fields, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, computing, and engineering. Our students receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty who have a global reputation for research excellence in a range of overlapping areas:

  • Archives & Digital Curation: information preservation; data curation; data provenance
  • Data Science, Data Analytics, Information Management: AI; machine learning; natural language processing; data mining; data governance; information visualization; privacy, security and trust; reproducibility
  • Digital Humanities 
  • Health, Medical & Bioinformatics 
  • Human-Computer Interaction: computer supported cooperative work; design and evaluation of information systems and services; mobile computing; user experience
  • Information Organization and Access: information literacy; information retrieval; foundations of information
  • Information, Culture & Society: community, cultural, and social informatics; diversity and social justice; information policy; science and technology studies; youth services
  • Library Technologies and Services: digital libraries; education of information and professionals; libraries and librarianship
  • Science of Science: knowledge representation and ontologies; bibliometric, informatics and scientometrics
  • Social Computing and Computational Social Science: crisis informatics; computing for social good; social networks; FATE (fairness, accountability, transparency, ethics) 

For a comprehensive list of research areas, see: For more about our faculty visit

The School’s flexible program prepares students with the intellectual guidance and experiences necessary for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and public sector settings. Accepted students are guaranteed four years of funding in the form of research, teaching, and service assistantships, which include tuition waivers and stipends. We also offer travel support. We especially encourage students from historically and statistically underrepresented minority groups to apply.

Our PhD program in Library and Information Science is the oldest existing LIS doctoral program in the U.S. with 270 graduates. Recent graduates are now faculty members at institutions such as the University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Maryland, and UCLA, professionals at Baidu and Google, and academic library professionals at the Library of Congress, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago.  


For more information about the application process, please visit:

Application deadline is Sunday, December 01, 2019, at 11:00 p.m., Central Time.