Academics


Note: The Gateway program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures for the following year and will post new information on the How to Apply page as soon as it is available.


Doctoral students in the Gateway PhD program have chosen to pursue their Doctor of Philosophy degree for a variety of reasons. Several current students are choosing careers in academia, others are seeking positions in management and leadership, and some prefer to consult in the library and information science field. We invite you to learn more about the Gateway PhD program students by reading their biographies and perusing a list of their recent publications.

Characteristics common to all Gateway PhD program students include an intense curiosity and a high degree of self-motivation. While most have a wide range of professional interests, each is keenly attracted to a particular aspect of the information science field and come to the program with a desire to explore it in a novel way.

Because the Gateway PhD program is a QUT doctoral program, it is research focused, and courses are not required. (Applicants must demonstrate previous experience with research.) This means that students engage in their research from the start and at a predominantly self-defined pace.

Formal supervision is provided through a team of three supervisors. Selective admission through QUT ensures that new doctoral students are integrated into the full research community within the Gateway PhD program. 

“My supervisors were absolutely fabulous. They pushed me to be more precise, more informed, and better able to defend my research and conclusions. They made me such a better scholar and communicator than I was at the beginning of the program,” wrote Dr. Diana Wakimoto, the first individual to complete the San José Gateway PhD program, in her blog post about her doctoral experience. Read her full post here.

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