From iSchool Current Students
There are various prizes available for outstanding PhD theses from professional bodies.
Such awards include:
iSchool Doctoral Dissertation Award
Run by the iSchools organisation, the first prize for this award is $2,500; the runner-up receives $1,000. Honorees also receive a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at the iConference. The Information School's Briony Birdi won 2nd prize in the 2016 competition.
Nominations for the award are made by the Information School (so you cannot self-nominate).
Further information can be found on the iSchools webapge
ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award
Managed by ASIS&T, this $1,000 prize (plus expenses towards attendance at the ASIS&T annual meeting) recognises outstanding recent doctoral candidates whose research contributes significantly to an understanding of some aspect of information science.
Participation in the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award is limited to those who have completed their doctorates since May of the year preceding that in which the award will be made. Theses submitted shall fall within the scope of information science, including, but not limited to, the scope of JASIST: “the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes.
Recent graduates are able to enter themselves for this award -the nomination package consists of the entire thesis and a letter of endorsement from the nominee's supervisor.
Full details on how to enter can be found here.
AOIR Annual Disertation Award
The AoIR Dissertation Award was established in 2012 to recognize the work of emerging scholars in the field of Internet research. Students are able to self-nominate for this award (or their supervisors may nominate them).
The award winner will receive a cash prize, and will be invited to to present their research at the AOIR annual conference.
Details can be found here.