Doctorate in Information Studies

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Your Invitation

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto invites outstanding applicants for entry into our 2017-18 doctoral program. An intellectually diverse and rich environment, the Toronto iSchool is an ideal place to pursue groundbreaking research about information, technology and people.

Right in the heart of Toronto, the world’s most diverse city, the faculty is located in the center of a thriving campus. This provides an inspiring background to engage in influential research into critically relevant questions that bridge aspects of technology and society, connecting theory and practice.

Our doctoral students come from a wide range of scholarly and professional fields to work with faculty from backgrounds matched to their specific research interests in terms of subject matter expertise and complementary knowledge.

Current Focus

While we welcome applicants who demonstrate intellectual curiosity in any area related to the fields of study noted below, this year we are particularly keen on hearing from applicants whose interests align with the following research areas:

Information cultures and practices, e.g., social and cultural histories of libraries, archives,  museums and information systems/technologies; games and gaming communities; information practice in informal and leisure contexts; food cultures; social media and heritage practices; user experience; indigeneous knowledge; new journalism practices and technology; epistemic and information cultures of organizations and communities

Information policy, e.g., civic participation; civic technologies; global migration and diasporas; digital inclusion; digital policy; political economy of media infrastructures; digital recordkeeping models and standards; Youth, Social Media, Privacy and Equality (fellowship opportunity)

Information ethics, e.g., archives and social justice; privacy; ethics in techno-centric fieldwork; feminist media studies, surveillance studies, big data and social justice; usability and digital inclusion

Information systems, e.g., big data analytics, cluster analysis; service science; design perspectives for sustainability and long-term considerations; health informatics; enterprise data analytics; digital preservation and curation; social media analytics

Fields of Study

In addition, faculty and students at the iSchool engage in highly diverse research areas including:

  • Archives & Records Management
  • Critical Information Studies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Information Systems, Media & Design
  • Knowledge Management & Information Management
  • Library & Information Science
  • Philosophy of Information

Institutes and Labs

The iSchool is also home to several interdisciplinary research clusters and institutes such as the Digital Curation Institute, the Knowledge Media Design InstituteSemaphore and the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology. Learn more about our labs and institutes and iSchool participation in collaborative programs.

Prospective Students

We encourage prospective applicants to review the current projects in which our faculty are currently engaged.

Degree Requirements: View the requirements for undertaking doctoral research on a full-time (4 years)  basis.  The Flex Option for the doctorate is at present under review; no applications will be accepted for the Flex Option for fall 2017.

The Faculty of Information makes every effort to provide attractive funding packages for all full-time doctoral students.


Applications for the 2017-18 academic year opened October 1, 2016. Learn more about the admissions process and application requirements.

Questions? Please contact us via admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca

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