Doctoral Colloquium


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2019 Doctoral Colloquium Call

The iConference Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas from participating faculty and student peers.

At the iConference, participation in the Doctoral Colloquium will be restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Colloquium. The Colloquium will not be open to observers. While the official Colloquium is an all-day event, other Colloquium-related events are held during the iConference that require students’ attendance at the entire conference.

Applications to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium are encouraged from any and all doctoral students. We are seeking broad representation, and the iConference doctoral colloquium is not limited to students from member iSchools.

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


Student participants in the doctoral colloquium will be selected by a faculty review committee based on their application materials. The application materials should be submitted as a single PDF document to our secure submission site. All materials must be in English. This includes the following three sections:

  1. A short introductory statement explaining:
    • 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);
    • the applicant’s vision of their future (career) plan;
    • the applicant’s advisor(s)/supervisor(s) name(s);
    • a statement of affirmation that they can meet the participation requirements (see Participation below for details), and;
    • an explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the doctoral colloquium.
  2. A research statement of no more than 1,000 words describing their dissertation project.
  3. A curriculum vitae (CV), documenting their key scholarly achievements to date.

Students’ applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The student’s research bridges at least two of the phenomena central to the field of information and the conference vision: information, technology, and people.
  • The student’s research description clearly articulates the questions, issues, approaches, and challenges that they are addressing in their doctoral research.
  • Priority will be given to students that are further along in their doctoral program who have not yet attended a colloquium event.

We will begin accepting applications in June 2018 via the ConfTool submission system.

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


In order to promote extended interaction among conference attendees and students, those accepted for the doctoral colloquium 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, which takes place March 31 through April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC, USA.
  • Prepare a 5-page (single spaced) dissertation research summary document.
  • Provide a brief biographical sketch (100 words), a brief research summary (100 words) and a photograph to be published on the website.
  • 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. They are here for you; seize the opportunity.


  • Application deadline: September 10, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: mid-November, 2018
  • Biographical materials due: December 14, 2018

How the Colloquium will be Conducted

The 2019 doctoral colloquium program is currently in the planning phase. It 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 conference organizers will seek financial support for the doctoral colloquium. Such funding, should it transpire, would help accepted participants offset a portion of their costs associated with attending iConference 2019. We cannot guarantee that all costs of participation will be covered. More information will be posted when available.

Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs

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



The University of Maryland College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Our thanks to the following for their sponsorship of iConference 2019.

Learn how you can become an iConference sponsor.

Papers Publisher

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


  • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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