For Students! 

Students receive discounted conference registration and are welcome to apply to one or more of the four following opportunities:

1.   The general conference, following the instructions for paper, poster, and panel submissions.

2.   The Student Paper Contest 

3.   The Graduate Student Consortium

4.    The Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award

Proposals can be submitted below.

The Student Paper Contest


Unlike the general conference where only abstracts are submitted and reviewed, the student paper competition requires full papers for peer review. Three papers will be selected to be part of the conference program through a double-blind review process. 


The student paper competition is open to all graduate and law students enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year regardless of their status at the time of the 2019 conference. Co-authors may be other students meeting the same criteria. Papers co-authored with faculty or other non-students are not eligible. Papers should not exceed 15,000 words, including references. Students are encouraged to have their submissions endorsed by a faculty member at the student’s institution.

As with the general session papers, student papers previously accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding, in a law review, or as a chapter in a published book are not eligible. Material that has been published or presented in other venues (e.g., dissertations, working papers, position papers, documents in repositories like SSRN, and other conferences) is acceptable. 


·      First Prize: $1,000

·      Second Prize: $500

·      Third Prize: $300

To be eligible for an award, students must attend and present their paper at the conference. Students will be provided feedback on their papers and may be asked to make edits prior to presenting at the conference.

In addition to the prizes above, all award winners also receive complimentary conference registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and inclusion in a paper session in the conference. If a student paper winner has also been accepted as a general conference paper or poster presenter, the student will be asked to present the student paper contest paper and must have a co-author present the general conference paper. All authors are permitted to present only one paper at TPRC. 

The next three highest-rated papers will be given the opportunity to present their research during the Poster Session. 

Topic Areas for Submissions

We will consider proposals on the following and related topics. The program committee encourages submissions from diverse organizations, disciplines, approaches, and geographies.

  • Broadband technologies, deployment, adoption, and regulation 

  • Wireless policy (e.g., auctions, 5G, Radio spectrum, WRC-19)

  • Media, content, and online platforms and their regulation 

  • Internet governance

  • Privacy, information security, cybersecurity, data protection, and surveillance

  • Innovation policy and intellectual property (copyright, trademark and patent)

  • Emerging technologies (e.g., AI, facial & biometric recognition, etc) and their social, economic, and policy implications

  • Data science, data-driven and evidence-based policy making, economics, and policy/program analysis

  • Competition and antitrust analysis and policy

  • User and consumer behavior in communications and media

  • International communications and developing countries

  • International dimensions of technology policy: trade, geopolitics localization

  • Gender and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Important Dates

·      Full paper with accompanying abstract: April 30

·      Notice of decisions: May 31