Dear Colleagues:

We invite applications from highly motivated students from all backgrounds to join our world-renowned research and scholarship program at the School of Information Sciences, the iSchool at Illinois. Our PhD program in Library and Information Science is the oldest existing LIS doctoral program in the U.S. with over 240 graduates. Recent graduates from our PhD program have become 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.

We guarantee up to four years of funding in the form of research, teaching, and service assistantships, including tuition waivers and stipends. We also offer travel support for our PhD students. Students receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty with a global reputation for excellence in scholarship and high impact science. The School's flexible program ensures that each student is provided with the intellectual guidance and experiences necessary to prepare them for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings.

We highly value interdisciplinary work at our school. Our faculty and students conduct exciting research on a broad range of topics:

* Community informatics

* Data curation

* Data science

* Digital archives and libraries

* Digital humanities

* Health and bioinformatics

* History of information

* Human-centered data science, Computational social science

* Human-computer interaction, User experience, Computer supported cooperative work

* Information access

* Information literacy

* Information policy, privacy, security, and ethics

* Information retrieval

* Information visualization

* Informetrics

* Libraries and librarianship

* Machine learning

* Natural language processing, Text mining, Text analysis

* Network science

* Organization of knowledge and information

* Scientific data and knowledge practices

* Youth services and digital youth

For more on our vision see

For more about our faculty visit


To apply, go to

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

Application deadline is Saturday, December 01, 2018, at 11:00 p.m., Central Time.

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


For additional information about our PhD program, see or contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

For questions, please contact Dr. Jana Diesner, PhD Program Director, at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

   "Research funding makes the world a better place"
J. Stephen Downie, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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