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Early Career Colloquium

Update: Decisions have been announced. Register now on the ConfTool submission site


ECC Overview

The purpose of the iConference 2021 Early Career Colloquium (ECC) is to provide a high-quality mentorship and networking opportunity for early career researchers who work in an iSchool, a similar department, or want to work in an iSchool (e.g., post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors). During the colloquium, early career scholars will share their research plans and aspirations with accomplished mentors that have expertise in various interdisciplinary areas represented within the iSchool community, as well as extensive experience in grant writing, promotion and/or tenure review, the peer-review process, teaching, and professional service. Early career scholars will engage in discourse with these mentors and their peers to improve their understanding of having a successful career in an iSchool.

The Early Career Colloquium is open to scholars within five years of completing their doctoral degree. Early career scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process. The name of these selected early career scholars will be published on the iConference website.

Format Update: In a change from our original CFP, iConference 2021 will now be an entirely virtual conference. All Early Career Colloquium applications should be submitted with remote participation in mind.

ECC applications can now be submitted to our ConfTool submission system.

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Goals and Format of the ECC

The theme of this year's colloquium is Divergence in Research and Teaching: A Dialogue among Scholars. The colloquium aims to support early career scholars in: 

  • Developing research agendas and a publication strategy that lead toward an impressive record of inquiry;
  • Finding resources to support research such as grant-writing and collaboration;
  • Supporting strong data analysis skills and evidence-based arguments in research; 
  • Aligning research with teaching and student advising endeavors;
  • Expanding the professional networks of participants through interactions with other early career scholars, mentors, experienced researchers, and journal editors; and 
  • Finding answers to essential questions that early career scholars may have on the following topics: transitioning from post doc to faculty; balancing teaching and research; time management; managing student assistants; the tenure track process, and others.

The ECC is designed as a half-day event, with multiple small group discussions. In the colloquium, we will focus on collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse with peers and a panel of experienced faculty serving as mentors. 

Main activities include: 

  1. Discussion on crafting a research agenda, careers paths, and teaching strategies with mentors and peers. This discussion will include an analysis of potential disruptions during a pandemic and corresponding solutions. 
  2. Opportunities for group and individual consultation and networking between early career scholars and senior colleagues, exploring potentials for long-term mentorship from accomplished mentors in the early scholars’ field(s) of interest.
  3. Meeting with journal editors and conference Associate Chairs to discuss the writing and reviewing process in highly-regarded journals and conferences. 

Prior to the session, a few preparatory activities are required to enable us to use the time within the session as best as possible.  More information will be forthcoming once selected.

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Application and Selection Process

The ECC at iConference 2021 is open to scholars within five years since completing their Ph.D. at the time of application submission. Scholars with involvement in iSchool related research are encouraged to apply.

Each application should contain the following within one PDF document in the following order, and be submitted through the ConfTool submission system.

  1. A cover page with your name, your institution, your current position, your personal webpage, your e-mail address, and your email address.
  2. A 1-page personal statement that includes: (a) your research topic and/or specialization (e.g., research questions); (b) the current status of your career; (c) your career objectives; (d) why you want to participate in the early career colloquium; and (e) what specific issues or challenges with your research and career you would like to explore further in the colloquium.
  3. Add any career-related questions that you might have. 
  4. Add your current CV. 

Updated Timeline

Application deadline: Extended through December 10, 2020. 

Decisions announced: Mid-December, 2020.

Selection process 

Participants of the Early Career Colloquium will be selected based on their application; perceived relevance and potential contribution to research in the information field, and their anticipated contribution to the colloquium goals. The applications will be reviewed by two international reviewers. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of groups of participants whose research career is at a stage that can best benefit from the colloquium and who reflect individual excellence and motivation while at the same time contributing to the colloquium objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

Accepted applicants must register for the iConference before the conclusion of the Early Bird Registration period. Failure to register in a timely fashion may result in your slot being given to someone else.

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ECC Chairs


Questions about the Early Career Colloquium should be directed to the Chairs listed above.

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to




    Papers Publisher

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


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