Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award

Nature of the award. The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship consists of an award of EUR 3,000 (donated by the Eugene Garfield Foundation) to cover any research related expenses of the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient's attending ISSI2021, the next ISSI biennial conference. This conference will be held online, July 12-15, 2021.

Purpose of the award. The purpose of this scholarship is to foster research in informetrics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, webmetrics and altmetrics by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.

Eligibility. The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications: (a) Be an active doctoral candidate pursuing research using informetric, bibliometric, scientometric, webmetric or altmetric methodology in a degree-granting institution; (b) Have a doctoral dissertation proposal accepted by the institution or by their dissertation advisor. Clarification: an active doctoral student is someone who has not yet obtained the doctoral degree at the moment he/she receives the award. Moreover, the applicant need not be a member of ISSI to be considered for this scholarship.

Administration. The award is sponsored by the Eugene Garfield Foundation with the cooperation of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and is administered by the Board of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI).

Nominations. Submission should include the following: (a) The doctoral research proposal, including a description of the research, methodology, and significance, 5 pages or less in length, double-spaced, and in English; (b) A copy of the paper submitted for presentation at the ISSI Conference; (c) A cover letter from the dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal and confirming that the contents of this proposal are accepted by the institute, or at least by the advisor; (d) An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Submission instructions and deadline. Submissions should be emailed to Professor Birger Larsen at by April 10, 2021.

Selection. All the submitted material, in particular the doctoral research proposal, and the paper submitted to this year's ISSI conference, will be taken into consideration in the evaluation. The evaluation committee will consist of a subcommittee of no more than four individuals, with one ISSI Board member.

Conference presentation. The recipient of the award will be given the opportunity to present his/her work either during a normal session (if his/her paper has been accepted for presentation), either as a special lecture on the same level as research in progress. This presentation will be referred to as the special Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Lecture.

Some further clarifications: (a) The candidate must have the intention to attend the conference, as shown by a submitted paper; (b) The awardee is free to use the award money as he/she pleases. The award does not have to (but of course may) be used for registration or travelling to the conference; (c) The awardee is not automatically entitled to an (extra) travel grant from the conference organizers or from ISSI. Of course he/she may apply for such a grant (if such grants are made available by the organizers) like any other conference participant.

Past winners and honourable mentions


  • Winner - Sonia Vasconcelos - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Brazil)
  • Winner - Kayvan Kousha – University of Tehran (Iran)

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