Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

Mary-Beth Watson-Manheim
University of Illinois
Patrick Finnegan
University of New South Wales
Stefan Klein
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Local Arrangements Chairs

Roisin Lyons
Dublin City University
Lisa van der Werff
Dublin City University

Call for Nominations

ICIS invites nominations for its 2016 Doctoral Consortium in Dublin, Ireland.

Download the Nomination Form (.docx file – also opens with LibreOffice 5.0 and higher)

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.

The Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Information Systems will begin on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00pm, December 7, 2016, with a welcome event, and will end with a late evening farewell reception on Friday, December 9. The event will be held at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, close to Dublin airport. Doctoral Consortium student participants will be invited to stay for three nights: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • Submission deadline: Midnight, US Central time (UTC/GMT-6 hours), May 22, 2016
  • Please note, incomplete or late submission packages will not be reviewed.
  • No exceptions will be made.

Students nominated by their respective institutions must complete three separate documents and submit those three documents through the online submission system. Details on the document requirements and online submission process are below.


Faculty Mentors

  • Manju Ahuja, University of Louisville
  • Guy Gable, Queensland University of Technology
  • Varun Grover, Clemson
  • Bill Kettinger, University of Memphis
  • Lynne Markus, Bentley University
  • Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University School of Business
  • Youngjin Yoo, Temple University


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, from the opening on Wednesday evening to the closing on Friday evening (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, 2016, although they need not have defended their proposals before the submission deadline.

Students who will have defended their final dissertation prior to December 1, 2016 will not be accepted. 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, they should plan to stay at the Grand Hotel in Malahide 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 three things:

  • 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 and professional development.

This assessment will be based on a review of the dissertation proposal paper prepared by the doctoral student. 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.

Notification of Acceptance: Acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent on or around August 31, 2016.

Cost: All doctoral students who are accepted to participate in the ICIS Doctoral Consortium will be required to register for the ICIS 2016 conference and pay the ICIS early student registration fee of US$380 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 2016 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 to download the nominee information sheet.
  2. 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.
    • Students must submit the completed nomination letter during the online submission process; there is no process for handling nomination letters outside of the students’ submission via Manuscript Central.
  3. 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), 1 inch margins all around 8.5 x 11 inch paper (or A4).  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 22, 2016. The second appendix is an estimate of what still needs to be done to complete the dissertation as of May 22, 2016. 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.

Submission Process

Document Submission

All three documents – the Nomination Information Sheet, the Nomination Letter, and the Candidate’s Research Paper – must be submitted through the online submission system by the nominated doctoral student, not the nominating faculty member. The system will automatically combine the three items into one document.

The student should register with this system. Upon registration and email notification of the system-generated password, the student will be able to proceed with the submission by uploading the documents.

After registering and logging into Manuscript Central, select “Doctoral Consortium” as the “Track” and follow the directions. The user interface is fairly intuitive and most major IS journals and conferences rely on this manuscript submission system. If you have any trouble following the prompts, please contact one of the DC co-chairs or the Manuscript Central Administrator.

Due Date and Time

All submissions must be received by the system no later than midnight, US Central time (UTC/GMT -6 hours), Sunday, May 22, 2016. Any documents uploaded to the system (but whose submission has not been finalized via the “submit” button) prior to this deadline can be modified until this time. Once the deadline is passed, however, incomplete or late submissions will be rejected. Multiple submissions received from the same university (or the same person) will be rejected. If the university’s different units hold separate 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 noted below via email (contact information provided above).

Step-by-Step Instructions for Submitting to Manuscript Central

Here are several step-by-step instructions on how to upload your Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter, and Proposal using the submission website:

  • Create a login via the manuscript submission system at
  • Log in using your login and password.
  • On the main menu, click on “Author Center” to submit your application packet and follow Step 4 onwards.
  • Click on the link to submit a new manuscript (on the right side of the page).
  • Under Track select “Doctoral Consortium”.
  • Add Title, check the box about Previously published work, and click “Save & Continue.”
  • Add Keywords then click “Save & Continue.”
  • You will not have any co-authors, so to move to the next page click ‘”Save & Continue.”
  • Now you need to upload all 3 files in the following order (Acceptable file types are .DOC, .RTF, and .PDF. When you are done click “Save & Continue.” Note that .DOCX files are not permitted):
    • Nominee Information Sheet
    • Letter of Nomination
    • Proposal File
  • View your uploaded files by clicking on PDF. When you are finished, click “Save & Continue.”
  • If you are satisfied with the PDF, then click “Submit.”

To get to the online submission system, click

Please note that once you submit your packet you cannot make any further changes.

You are done. Good luck!