Doctoral Consortium

We invite nominations for the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will be held at Taj Krishna Hyderabad hotel from Wednesday December 9th to Saturday morning December 12th, immediately prior to ICIS 2020.

Since the 1980s, the Consortium has provided students who are doing their doctoral dissertations with the chance to present and obtain comments on their research, to hear about the work of their peers at other universities, and to gain an understanding of what academic and research careers are all about. It also offers students opportunities to make new friendships with other students and leading faculty from around the globe.

Important Dates

  • Nomination Deadline: May 30th (Midnight, US Hawaii Time UTC/GMT-10 hours).
  • Notification of Acceptance: Aug 28, 2020
  • Doctoral Consortium: Dec 9-12, 2020

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Sue Brown
University of Arizona

Kai Lim
City University of Hong Kong

Maung Sein
Universty of Agder


Ahmed Abassi (University of Virginia)

Indranil Bardhan, (University of Texas at Austin)

Debbie Compeau (Washington State University)

Juan Jane Feng (City University of Hong Kong)

Carol Hsu (Tongji University)

Sirkka Jarvenpaa (University of Texas at Austin)

Gondy Leroy (University of Arizona)

Oliver Muller (University of Paderborn)

Chee Wee Tan (Copenhagen Business School)

Xenia Vassilakopoulou  (University of Agder)


Participation in the Consortium is by invitation only. Each university may submit only one nominee. If two units of a university hold separate memberships in AIS, they each may submit one nominee from their respective unit. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities (i.e., participants will not be able to participate in any pre-ICIS activities that conflict with the Consortium schedule). Candidates who are not able to make this commitment to the Consortium should not apply.

Ph.D. students currently working on Information Systems dissertations are eligible for nomination submission. Candidates should have successfully defended their thesis proposals prior to December 1, 2020, (or have an accepted and approved proposal) although they need not have defended their thesis proposals before the submission deadline. Students who will have defended their final dissertation prior to December 1, 2020 or are within 6 months of the final defence will not be accepted or allowed to participate. An ideal candidate would have completed at least one year of their PhD studies and less than 1 year away from completing their PhD.

Nominated candidates should intend to pursue an academic career in Information Systems following the completion of their Ph.D. studies. Prospective candidates should also note that the Consortium is designed as an intensive personal development experience and, therefore, participants should not bring guests to the Consortium. In addition, as stated above, they should plan to stay at the consortium hotel where all Consortium participants will be housed.

Students who are selected to participate in the Consortium will be given instructions on how to prepare their research papers for presentation during the Consortium, following their selection.

Selection Process

Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive. Typically over 80 nominations are received each year and space is limited to 40 PhD students. Participants will be selected based on:

  • The quality of their proposed research and its potential significance and contribution to the IS discipline,
  • The potential contribution the student can make to the Consortium, and
  • The potential benefit of the Consortium to the student’s research & professional development.

This assessment will be based on a review of the dissertation proposal paper prepared by the doctoral student (see details below). Previous attendance by other students from the nominating school is not a criterion for selecting Consortium participants.

Final Consortium selection will include a balance of students representing diverse research topics, methods, schools, and cultures. The language of the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the presentations, discussions, and other activities.

All doctoral students who are accepted to participate in the ICIS Doctoral Consortium will be required to register for the ICIS 2020 conference and pay the ICIS early student registration fee to signal their intent to attend the consortium and the conference. This fee covers participation in the doctoral consortium with full room and board as well as the ICIS 2020 registration. The costs of running the ICIS Doctoral Consortium are funded by ICIS and AIS.

Documents Needed for Nomination Submission

  1. Nominee Information Sheet
    Students complete the information on this sheet and submit it along with the other two documents mentioned below. Please click here for the nominee information sheet.
  1. Nomination Letter
    Students must be nominated by an IS faculty member or academic.
  • There can only be one nominee per university or institution, unless different units of the institution each hold their own AIS membership. In that case, each unit of the university may nominate one student. Multiple nominations received from the same unit of a university or institution will be rejected.
  • The nomination should be in the form of a nomination letter from the nominating faculty member and should certify that:
  • The candidate is the sole nominee from the university or institution, or from that unit, if the university has more than one unit with an AIS membership;
  • The candidate meets the eligibility criteria mentioned above; and
  • The nominating institution guarantees to provide the consortium participation fee and travel funds to the nominee in the event that she or he is admitted to the consortium.
  • Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the Director of the IS Doctoral Program or the IS Department’s Chairperson. If these individuals are not available, then the nominee’s Dissertation Advisor may nominate the student. However, if this is the case, then the dissertation advisor must be a faculty member at the nominee’s university or institution.
  1. Candidate’s Dissertation Proposal Paper

The paper outlining the candidate’s research should be in the form of a short report summarizing the student’s dissertation/thesis proposal. This part of the paper should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Times New Roman or equivalent font, 11-point or 10-point font, double-spaced only (not 1.5), 2.54cm margins all around A4 paper (or 1 inch margins all around letter size, 8.5 x 11 inch paper).  Also, the pages must be numbered.

This paper should include the research question, a justification for why and to whom the research is important. It also should include a brief literature review, a presentation of the theoretical basis for the work, a research model and hypotheses (if applicable), and a description of the research design.

This 10-page limit does not include a title page (incl. abstract), tables, figures, or references. Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but appended to immediately follow the 10-pages of text. References should appear last.

Two appendices of no more than one page each should be included. (These appendices must also follow the formatting guidelines outlined above.) The first appendix is a summary of any findings the student has as of May 30th (Midnight, US Hawaii Time UTC/GMT-10 hours). The second appendix is an estimated timeline of the planned activities still needed to complete the dissertation after May 18, 20209. We are requesting this information in order to gauge how far the nominee is in the dissertation process.

The complete document — including the title page, main text, tables, figures, references and appendices — should not exceed 20 pages. This page limit will be strictly enforced and the consortium co-chairs reserve the right to reject any candidates whose research paper fails to conform to these parameters.

All three documents — including Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter and Dissertation Proposal Paper — are to be included in a single pdf file in the above order.

Submit all applications to

Submission Process

Document Submission
The single pdf including all three documents – the Nomination Information Sheet, the Nomination Letter, and the Candidate’s Research Paper – must be submitted to  by the nominated doctoral student, not the nominating faculty member.

Due Date and Time
Submissions must be received no later than May 30th (Midnight, US Hawaii Time UTC/GMT-10 hours). Late submissions will be rejected. Multiple submissions received from the same university (or the same person) will be returned. If the university’s different units hold separate institutional AIS memberships, submissions from each of the units will be considered.

In case of problems or for further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs via email. Good Luck!