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Mobile Communication Interest Group
Top Dissertation Award

The Mobile Communication Interest Group is soliciting nominations for its Top Dissertation Award. 

The award honors a dissertation whose topic falls within the mandate of the Interest Group. This includes dissertations that 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, on the common ground of the Mobile Communication Section that is state-of-the-art theorizing on mobile communication as well as rigorous methodology.” (Article 2 of the MCIG bylaws) 

Eligibility Criteria 

  1. The dissertation needs to have been completed (defended and awarded) in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. For the 2021 award, dissertations that were completed in 2019 and 2020 will be eligible. The author must be ICA members to accept the award.

  2. 2The 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. The award is open to all ICA members who are also members of the Mobil Communication Interest Group.  

Submission Contents 

Nomination materials should include:

  1. the author's contact information,

  2. proof of completion of the dissertation along with date

  3. electronic copy of the dissertation

  4. a one-page abstract of the dissertation,

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

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

  7. 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.

Submission Deadline

Nominations must be received by the leader of the evaluation committee, Jakob Ohme, (U Amsterdam) no later than 5 March 2021. Please send your nomination to j.ohme(at)uva.nl.  Place "Mobile Communication Interest Group Dissertation Award Nomination" in the email subject field and please submit all files as one attachment (if possible).

This call can also be found on our website, www.icamobile.org.

The review committee judges each nominated dissertation on several criteria including the importance of the problem/topic it addresses, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee also considers the overall contribution of the research to the field and the relationship of the submission to the mission of the Section. 

Call for Nominations
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 up to two winners for a $500 grant to support a specific research project. The winner will be announced at the virtual MCIG business meeting at the ICA annual conference in May 2021. 

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 30 April 2021, 23:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, GMT). 

PDF files should be submitted electronically to the Research Grant Committee Chair, Jason Martin (jmart181(at)depaul.edu). Please place "MCIG Emerging Scholar Research Grant" in the email subject field. 

This call can also be found on our website, www.icamobile.org.

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.

  

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