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Call for Participation

What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  • provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution
  • promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  • contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events. 

Important Dates:

Submission: 30 April 2014 

Guidelines for submission:

You will be expected to submit a 4-page research description covering aspects of your Ph.D. work. 

You can use the following submission template [DOC]. The key points include:

  • your situation, i.e., the university doctoral program context in which your work is being conducted
  • context and motivation that drives your dissertation research
  • background/literature review of key works that frames your research
  • hypothesis/thesis and/or problem statement
  • research objectives/goals
  • your research approach and methods, including relevant rationale
  • results to date (if any) and their validity
  • dissertation status
  • current and expected contributions

You are also required to add the following to your research description:

Appendix 1: A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants (i.e., what will you contribute as well as gain). 

Appendix 2: A letter of nomination from your primary dissertation advisor. This should cover: duration of supervision, student status with respect to institution’s Ph.D. requirements, expected Ph.D. completion date, benefits of attendance for student and contributions the student is likely to make to the event if invited to attend.

Appendix 3: Your concise current Curriculum Vita (1–2 pages)


Online Submission

PhD candidates are invited to submit their proposals here. Kindly choose Doctoral Consortium from the drop down list in the tracks choice.















Last Updated: 4 March 2014

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