Funded Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Media Studies -application deadline: January 5, 2023

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 Ph.D. 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 of Communication and Information offers competitive funding packages for doctoral students with an annual salary of about $30,000, full tuition remission, and health benefits. Doctoral students are also eligible to receive financial support for academic travel and research. 

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. Our graduates have been placed in top academic institutions including 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 and the pre-eminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. We are among the top 25 public universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and top 60  in national universities. The university is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, 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 Ph.D. student opportunities include fellowships, and teaching, research, and graduate assistantships. Students may be able to join one of the research groups.  Generous travel support is available to all PhD students at all stages of their study. Financial aid is available through part-time lecturer positions.   

Application deadline for the Fall 2023 enrollment is January 5, 2023. 

More information on Ph.D. program admissions can be found at:  

If you would like to attend an information session to learn more about the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, please fill out this form to receive a Zoom link for the event: 

We especially encourage students from historically and statistically underrepresented minority groups to apply. 

For more information, contact area coordinator for Library and Information Science, Vivek Singh ([email protected]); or Ph.D. program director Jennifer Theiss ([email protected]).