Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship 2023

Call for Nominations

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 (including traveling) of the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient's having attended ISSI2023, the 19th ISSI biennial conference. The conference was held July 2-5, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana.

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.


The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a doctoral candidate pursuing research using informetric, bibliometric, scientometric, webmetric or altmetric methodology in a degree-granting institution;
  2. Have a doctoral dissertation proposal accepted by the institution or by their dissertation advisor, but not yet defended.

The applicant need not be a member of ISSI to be considered for this scholarship.

In the past, ISSI has run an open call for the award ahead of the conference. In 2023, the call is limited to PhD students who participated in ISSI2023 and who have been a (co)author of a paper submitted and accepted to the conference. In 2025, ISSI will return to an open call ahead of the conference.

Please note, that applicants do not need to have been a participant of the Doctoral Forum at the ISSI to be eligible, but that the Doctoral Forum template is used as one of the required documents (PhD research proposal). 


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).


Submission should include the following:

  1. The doctoral research proposal using the ISSI Doctoral Forum template, which includes a description of the research, methodology, and significance; the proposal should be written in English, not exceed 1,200 words and can include up to 2 figures;
  2. A copy of the paper accepted  for presentation at the ISSI Conference 2023;
  3. 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;
  4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
Submission Instructions and Deadline

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2023. All proposals should be submitted in PDF format by e-mail to Professor Birger Larsen at An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to candidates.


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. The subcommittee members are listed below:

Birger Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Stefanie Haustein, University of Ottawa, Canada (ISSI Board member)
Andrea Scharnhorst, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the Netherlands
Elías Sanz-Casado, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Past winners and honourable mentions
  • Winner  - Joshua Eykens, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Runner up - Mengjia Wu, University of Technology Sydney (Australia)


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

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