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Mobile Communication Interest Group

Emerging Scholar Research Grant


Applications are welcomed for the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) Emerging Scholar Research Grant. The MCIG Research Grant Committee will review applications and select a winner for a $500 grant to support a specific research project. The winner will be announced at the MCIG business meeting at the ICA annual conference in Paris, May 2022.

Eligibility Criteria


  • The project should be relevant to the field of Mobile Communication and to the work of the MCIG of ICA. (see the mission of the interest group noted below)

  • Only one proposal per person will be considered. If you submit as part of a team, this is the only proposal you may submit.

  • The competition is limited to submitters who are current members of ICA and MCIG.

  • The committee seeks proposals from a diverse set of emerging scholars, which we define to include advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early-career scholars and professors.

Submission Contents


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

  • The author’s contact information; 

  • 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 a description of where the project is situated with mobile communication literature; 

  • A description of proposed methods; 

  • A summary of the anticipated contribution of the project to the field; and 

  • An 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, please include a 2-page summary of the applicant's 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.

Submission Deadline


Submit the Project Summary, CV, and Recommendation Letter together as attachments in a single email by 15 April 2021, 12noon EST (ICA hdq time).

PDF files should be submitted electronically to the Research Grant Committee Chair, Jason Martin ( Please place "MCIG Emerging Scholar Research Grant" in the email subject field.

This call can also be found on our website,

The mission of the Mobile Communication Interest Group (Article 2 of the bylaws)

The Mobile Communication Section intends to focus on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed at the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Mobile Communication Section is state-of-the-art theorizing on mobile communication as well as rigorous methodology.