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Doctoral Colloquium

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The iConference Doctoral Colloquium has long provided doctoral students the opportunity to present their work, and engage with their peers and faculty members in a setting that is relatively informal, but allows for high-quality intellectual interactions.

New for 2022, we plan to offer a total of three Doctoral Colloquia, one for each of our three regions (Asia Pacific; Europe; North America). We feel this regional approach will help us better target the needs of our student participants.

During the iConference, participation in the Doctoral Colloquia will be restricted to those students who have applied and been accepted; the colloquia will not be open to observers. 

Applications to participate in our Doctoral Colloquia are encouraged from any and all doctoral students. We are seeking broad representation, and participation is not limited to students from member iSchools; Ph.D. students from any university are encouraged to apply.


Application instructions are posted below. Questions can be sent to the Doctoral Colloquium Chairs listed at the bottom of this page.

Student participants in each of our doctoral colloquia will be selected by a faculty review committee. Application materials will be submitted as a single pdf document to our ConfTool submission site by Oct. 18, 2021. All materials must be in English, and include the following two sections:

Section 1: A short introductory statement explaining:

  • who the applicant is, their institutional affiliation, supervisors, and (provisional) thesis title;
  • the applicant's region, i.e. Asia Pacific, Europe, or North Americahat (note that student's in Africa should apply for the Europe region, and students in South America should apply for the North America region);
  • the applicant’s interest in the colloquium;
  • the applicant’s current stage of their graduate career (beginning, completion of required courses or initial candidacy stage, full doctoral status, data collection and analysis, about to submit thesis etc);
  • an explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the doctoral colloquium.

Section 2: A research statement of no more than 500 words describing their dissertation project.

The doctoral colloquia co-chairs encourage student applicants to also submit their work for possible presentation in poster or paper sessions. These submissions will go through the regular conference review process.


  • Application deadline: Oct. 18, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: Mid Nov., 2021


In order to promote extended interaction among conference attendees and students, those accepted for the doctoral colloquia will be expected to meet the following obligations after they have been accepted:

  • Register for the iConference during the early-bird period, and participate throughout the entire iConference.
  • Prepare a 5-page (single spaced) dissertation research summary document.
  • Prepare a brief presentation to be made during the event.
  • Read and critique selected research summaries of their fellow doctoral colloquium participants.
  • Prepare questions they would like to ask of doctoral colloquium mentors, either formally in the panel or informally during the day. 

More detail on participation will be provided in the acceptance notifications.

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How the Colloquium will be Conducted

The 2022 doctoral colloquia are currently in the planning phase. Each will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, and participate in events with other doctoral students. More details will be posted as they become available.

Financial Support

The iConference 2022 Doctoral Colloquium will be virtual. With all participation taking place online, participants will have no travel or lodging costs. Accepted participants will be given a special discounted conference registration rate. Details will be provided in the acceptance notifications. 

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Doctoral Colloquium Chairs

Questions about the Doctoral Colloquium may be directed to the following track chairs:


Questions about the Doctoral Colloquium should be directed to the Doctoral Colloquium chairs listed above.

General questions about iConference 2022 should be directed to




    Papers Publisher

    Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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