Doctoral Consortium

We invite nominations for the 44th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2023 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will be held in Hyderabad, India from December 6-9, immediately before ICIS 2023.

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.

Important Dates:

  • Nomination Deadline: May 29, 2023 (23:59 EDT – New York).
  • Notification of Acceptance: Aug 15, 2023
  • Doctoral Consortium: Dec 6–9, 2023


Participation in the Consortium is by invitation only. Each university may submit only one nominee. If two units in the same university hold separate AIS memberships, they may offer one nominee from their respective unit. We expect each student selected for the Consortium to attend all Consortium meetings and activities, from the opening on Wednesday evening to the closing on Saturday (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 before December 1, 2023 (or have an accepted and approved proposal) although they need not have defended their thesis proposals before the submission deadline. Students who will have defended their final dissertation before December 1, 2023, or are within six months of the final defense will not be accepted or allowed to participate. An ideal candidate would have completed at least one year of their Ph.D. studies and be less than one year away from completing their Ph.D.

Nominated candidates should intend to pursue an academic career in Information Systems following 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. They should plan to stay at the Consortium hotel, which will house all Consortium participants.

Students 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, we will also ask each candidate to submit a short video that summarizes the dissertation/thesis proposal.


Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive. Typically, over 80 nominations are received each year, and space is limited to 40 Ph.D. students. Participants will be selected based on:

  • 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 (see details below). 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.

All doctoral students selected to participate in the ICIS Doctoral Consortium will be required to register for the ICIS 2023 conference and pay the ICIS early student registration fee to signal their intent to attend the Consortium and the main conference. Paying this fee is a pre-requisite for participating in the doctoral consortium. ICIS and AIS fund the costs of running the ICIS Doctoral Consortium.


Eivor Oborn

Warwick University, UK

Arun Rai

Georgia State University, USA

Sean Xu

Tsinghua University, China


Ramayya Krishnan

Dean, Heinz College Of Information Systems And Public Policy And William W. And Ruth F. Cooper Professor Of Management Science And Information Systems


Wai Fong Boh

Deputy Dean, President’s Chair Professor of Information Systems

Nanyang Technological University

Zhenhui (Jack) Jiang

Area Head, Padma and Hari Harilela Professor of Innovation and Information Management

University of Hong Kong

Xin Li

Professor, Department of Information Systems

City University of Hong Kong

Balaji Padmanabhan

Professor, Decision Operations & Information Technologies, Robert H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland

T. (Ravi) Ravichandran

Associate Dean for Research, Irene and Robert Bozzone ’55 Distinguished Chair, Professor of Information Systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Matti Rossi

Vice Head and Professor, Department of Information and Service Management

Aalto University

Saonee Sarker

Dean of Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech

Susan Scott

Professor of Information Systems and Innovation, ISI Faculty, Department of Management

London School of Economics and Political Science

Stefan Seidel

Professor of Information Systems

University of Cologne

D.J. (Dongjun) Wu

Ernest Scheller Jr. Chair in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Professor of Information Technology Management

Georgia Institute of Technology


1. Nominee Information Sheet

Students complete the information on 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 ICIS 2023 early student registration fee and travel funds to the nominee should she or he be admitted to the Consortium.
  • Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the IS Doctoral Program Director 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 and must ensure that no more than one candidate is nominated from the participating institution/AIS chapter.

3. Candidate’s Dissertation Research Summary and Appendices

The summary paper outlining the candidate’s research should be in the form of a short report summarizing the student’s current research in the dissertation/thesis. This part of the paper should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Times New Roman or equivalent font, 11-point font, double-spaced only (not 1.5), 2.54 cm (1 in) margins all around. Number all pages. Nominations not adhering to the proposal length limits will be rejected.

This summary 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 follow the ten pages of text immediately. References should appear last.

Two appendices of no more than 1 page each should be included. These appendices must also follow the formatting guidelines outlined above. The first appendix summarizes any findings the student has at the time of nomination. The second appendix is an estimated timeline of the planned activities needed to complete the dissertation after May 29, 2023, as well as the plan for publishing dissertation-related work (including status of any current submissions). We are requesting this information 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 submission document fails to conform to these parameters.

All three documents — including Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter, and Dissertation Research Summary and Appendices— are to be included in a single PDF submission in the above order.


Document Submission

A single pdf file including all three documents – the Nominee Information Sheet, the Nomination Letter, and the Candidate’s Research Paper – must be submitted at – by the nominated doctoral student, not the nominating faculty member. The submission site will open mid-April.


Due Date and Time

Submissions must be received no later than May 29, 2023 (23:59 EDT – New York). Late submissions will be rejected. Multiple submissions received from the same university (or the same person) will be returned. If the university’s different units hold separate institutional AIS memberships, submissions from each of the units will be considered.

In case of problems or further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs via email.

Good Luck!