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Doctoral Colloquium

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.

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We plan to offer a total of three Doctoral Colloquia, one for each of our three regions - Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, and Americas. We feel this regional approach will help us better target the needs of our student participants. While the Doctoral Colloquia for the European & African, and Americas region will be virtual, the Asia Pacific Doctoral Colloquium will take place physically in Changchun, China, there will not be an Asia Pacific virtual session.

Note that participation in the Asia Pacific Doctoral Colloquium is not restricted to participants from Asia Pacific only. We want to give all applicants the choice to pick the type of session that is most convenient for them, and welcome applications from across the globe to join us in Changchun if you are able to travel.

During iConference 2024, 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.

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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. 20, 2023. 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 Americas (note that students in Africa should apply for the Europe region);

    • Applicants for the Asia Pacific Doctoral Colloquium session are expected to participate physically in Changchun, China. Note, if you are an applicant from Asia Pacific who is unable to travel to Changchun but would like to participate in a Doctoral Colloquium Session anyway, feel free to apply to either the Doctoral Colloquium in the European & African, or Americas region.

    • Applicants outside of Asia Pacific are welcome to participate physically. Please indicate your interest in the application.

  • 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.


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. 

  • Applicants for the Asia Pacific Doctoral Colloquium session are expected to participate physically in Changchun, China.

  • Applicants outside of Asia Pacific are welcome to participate physically. Please indicate your interest in the application.


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


First Submission


Submission portal opens: May 22, 2023

Submission deadline: Oct. 20, 2023​

Decision notification date: Nov. 21, 2023

All deadlines are in GMT-11 23:59.


Doctoral Colloquium Chairs

Widad Mustafa El Hadi

Widad Mustafa El Hadi

Doctoral Colloquium Chair

Europe & Africa

University of Lille


Howard Rosenbaum

Howard Rosenbaum

Doctoral Colloquium Chair

North America

Indiana University Bloomington


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Tina Du

Doctoral Colloquium Chair

Asia Pacific

Charles Sturt University



Contact staff regarding iConference 2024 in general.

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