To recognize outstanding scholarship in our subfield, the Mobile Communication Interest Group presents several awards and prizes: a Top Paper award, an Emerging Scholar grant and a Top Dissertation award. 

Top Papers


Each year, the Interest Group hosts a special session immediately preceding the Business Meeting, composed of the highest rated papers submitted to Mobile Communication (using the scoring from blind peer review). 


Eligibility: Research papers (not extended abstracts) submitted to the Mobile Communication Interest Group for sessions at the ICA main conference.

2020 Top Papers

Award winning paper

Digital Wellbeing as a Dynamic Construct

Mariek Vanden Abeele, Tilburg University


What determines instant messaging communication? Examining the impact of person- and situation-level factors on IM responsiveness and perceived stress

Leyla Dogruel, Mainz University

Nomopobia and phubbing among Taiwanese emerging adults: Investigating affective smartphone use and family cohesion
Trisha T. C. Lin, National Chengchi University

Mobile Networked Creativity: Understanding creativity as open communication

Adriana de Souza e Silva, North Carolina State University 

2019 Top Papers

Award winning paper

Wechat Use of Mainland Chinese Dual Migrants in Daily Border Crossing

Bei Ju, United Nations U-CS, MACAU


Participants More Than Words - The Integrative Power of the Mobile Phone as “a Reciprocal Technology” for Micromobilization

Jun Liu, U of Copenhagen, DENMARK

Mobile but Not Mobilised? Differential Gains from Mobile News Consumption for Citizens’ Election Campaign Engagement

Jakob Ohme, U of Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

Tinder Passport and Grindr Explore: Traveling in the International Date-O-Sphere

Muira McCammon, U of Pennsylvania, USA

Emerging Scholar Grant


Each year, the Interest Group offers a cash prize to further early stage research projects with significant potential. The Awards Committee reviews submissions each spring and selects up to three recipients of the grant. 


Eligibility: Early-career researchers (pre-tenure) who are members of ICA and the Mobile Communication Interest Group.

2020 Emerging scholar grants

Always connected: The context and consequences of ubiquitous screen media exposure among preadolescents

Anneleen Meeus, Doctoral Researcher, KU Leuven


Third person effect and mobile media use

Archana Krishnan, SUNY Albany

2019 Emerging scholar grants

Smart Phones and Social Media Fatigue

Minh Hao Nguyen


Touch Screens, Mobile News Consumption, and Fake News

Zhixin Giselle Pu

WhatsApp with Politics?! Examining how social networks—within instant messaging apps—affect engagement with political news

Susan Vermeer

The Emerging Scholar Grant is awarded annually. A call-for-submissions is announced in Winter-Spring.

Dissertation Award


Offered in odd-numbered years, this award recognizes ambitious and significant scholarship completed in a doctoral dissertation.

Eligibility: Members of the Interest Group who have defended a dissertation during the two calendar years preceding the ICA annual meeting.

2019 Dissertation Award

Everyday Multiscreening: How the simultaneous usage of multiple screens affects information processing and advertising effectiveness

Claire M. Segijn

Every odd-numbered year, the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) invites nominations for the biennial Mobile Communication Dissertation Award. The award is presented at the MCIG business meeting during the ICA Annual Conference. A call-for-submissions is announced in Winter-Spring before the respective Annual Meeting.