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.

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

Differential Gains from Mobile News Consumption for Citizens’ Election Campaign Engagement

Jakob Ohme, U of Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

Mobile but Not Mobilized? 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.

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

Submission guidelines for the Emerging Scholar Grant

The Emerging Scholar Grant is awarded annually. A call-for-submissions is announced in Winter-Spring. The submission guidelines for the 2019 call were:

​A Project Summary should total no more than 3 pages, single-spaced. It should provide:

1.       author’s contact information;

2.      an overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit within MCIG. This section should include the research         

         questions and hypotheses, and description of where the project is situated with mobile communication literature;

3.      description of proposed methods;

4.      summary of anticipated contribution of the project to the field; and

5.      explanation of how the $500 grant will be used to accomplish the goals of the project (The committee recommends that applicants

         link the use of the grant funds toward data collection and related needs).


Also include a 2-page summary of current Curriculum Vita (emphasizing research accomplishments, academic rank/experience, and progress in your education or career as applicable) and a 1-page Recommendation Letter from a supervisor or colleague that supports the submitter’s project.

 Submissions must be made electronically in PDF form to

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

Submission guidelines for the Dissertation Award

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. The 2019 guidelines for submission were:


The rules for nominating a dissertation are:

1.      For the 2019 award, any MCIG-related dissertation completed (i.e., successfully defended) between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018 is eligible for consideration. Dissertation authors need not be members of MCIG to be considered. The author must be an ICA member to accept the award.

2.      The dissertation may be in any language, however the dossier describing the material and the letter of support need to be in English. 

3.      Dissertations may be nominated by the author, dissertation advisor or a professional colleague. Full contact information of the author and the nominee must be provided, including name, phone number, surface mail address, and email address.

4.      Nomination materials should include:

         a.      the author's contact information,

         b.      proof of completion of the dissertation along with date,

         c.      a one-page abstract of the dissertation,

         d.      a 1-2-page statement describing the significance of the work and why it is deserving of the award,

         e.      a letter of support from the author’s advisor, and

         f.       a representative chapter, selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper distilling it, up to 30 (double-spaced) pages maximum,                      excluding references, tables, and figures.

5.      The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is 15 March 2019 (12 a.m. UTC).

6.      Submissions must be made electronically in PDF form to

7.      Place "Mobile Communication Interest Group Dissertation Award Nomination" in the email subject field.

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