Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information
1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate
student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of
information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of
philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and
approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy
of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of this award is to encourage and support scholarship in the philosophy of information.
3.1 The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:
(a) Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is
directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy
or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research
must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
(b) Have completed all course work; and
(c) Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.
3.2 Recipients may receive the award not more than once.
4.1 The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in
the Philosophy of Information is sponsored and administered by Litwin
Books, LLC, an independent scholarly publisher.
5.1 Nominations should be submitted via email by June 1, 2015, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5.2 The submission package should include the following:
(a) The accepted dissertation proposal;
(b) A description of the work done to date;
(c) A letter of recommendation from a dissertation committee member;
(d) An up-to-date curriculum vitae with current contact information.
6. Selection of the Awardee
6.1 Submissions will be judged on merit with emphasis on the following:
(a) Clarity of thought;
(c) Relevance to our time;
(d) Evidence of good progress toward completion.
7.1 The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified via letter by July 1, 2015.
Jonathan Furner, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
Ron Day, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
John Budd, School of Information & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri
2014: Patrick Gavin, of the University of Western Ontario FIMS, for his
dissertation propsoal, titled, "On Informationalized Borderzones: A
Study in the Politics and Ethics of Emerging Border Architectures."
2013: Steve McKinlay, of Charles Sturt University, New South Wales,
Australia, for his dissertation proposal, titled, "Information Ethics
and the Problem of Reference.