Doctoral Consortium

We invite nominations for the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2019 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium will be held at the Schloss Hohenkammer Seminar Center and Hotel ( north of Munich from Wednesday December 11th to Saturday morning December 14th, immediately prior to ICIS 2019.

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 20, 2019 (Midnight, US Hawaii Time UTC/GMT-10 hours)
  • Notification of Acceptance: Aug 30, 2019
  • Doctoral Consortium: Dec 11-14, 2019

The Doctoral Consortium will begin on Wednesday evening on Dec 11 with a welcome event, and will end with an evening farewell reception on Friday Dec 13. Doctoral Consortium student participants and faculty mentors will be expected to stay at the Schloss Hohenkammer Hotel for three nights: Wednesday Dec 11, Thursday Dec 12, and Friday Dec 13.

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs




Regents’ Professor and Board of Advisors’ Professor of Information Systems

Georgia State University and Professor, Curtin University





Technical University of Munich





University of New South Wales (UNSW)
UNSW Business School


Participation in the Consortium is by invitation only. Each university may submit only one nominee. If two units of a university hold separate memberships in AIS, they each may submit one nominee from their respective unit. Each student selected for the Consortium is expected to attend all Consortium meetings and activities (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 prior to December 1, 2019, although they need not have defended their thesis proposals before the submission deadline. Students who will have defended their final dissertation prior to December 1, 2019 will not be accepted or allowed to participate.

Nominated candidates should intend to pursue an academic career in Information Systems following the completion of 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. In addition, they should plan to stay at the Schloss Hohenkammer Seminar Center and Hotel where all Consortium participants will be housed.

Students who are 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.

Selection Process

Selection to the ICIS Doctoral Consortium is very competitive. Typically over 80 nominations are received each year and space is limited to 40 PhD 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 & professional development.

This assessment will be based on a review of the dissertation proposal paper prepared by the doctoral student. 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 who are accepted to participate in the ICIS Doctoral Consortium will be required to register for the ICIS 2019 conference and pay the ICIS early student registration fee to signal their intent to attend the consortium and the conference. This fee covers participation in the doctoral consortium with full room and board as well as the ICIS 2019 registration. The costs of running the ICIS Doctoral Consortium are funded by ICIS and AIS.


1. Nominee Information Sheet

Students complete the information on this sheet and submit it along with the other two documents mentioned below. Please click here for 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 consortium participation fee and travel funds to the nominee in the event that she or he is admitted to the consortium.
  • Ideally, the nominating faculty member should be the Director of the IS Doctoral Program 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.

3. Candidate’s Dissertation Proposal Paper

The paper outlining the candidate’s research should be in the form of a short report summarizing the student’s dissertation/thesis proposal. This part of the paper should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Times New Roman or equivalent font, 11-point or 10-point font, double-spaced only (not 1.5), 2.54cm margins all around A4 paper (or 1 inch margins all around letter size, 8.5 x 11 inch paper).  Also, the pages must be numbered.

This 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 immediately follow the 10-pages of text. References should appear last.

Two appendices of no more than one page each should be included. (These appendices must also follow the formatting guidelines outlined above.) The first appendix is a summary of any findings the student has as of May 20, 2019. The second appendix is an estimated timeline of the planned activities still needed to complete the dissertation after May 20, 2019. We are requesting this information in order 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 research paper fails to conform to these parameters.

All three documents — including Nominee Information Sheet, Nomination Letter and Dissertation Proposal Paper — are to be included in a single pdf file in the above order.

Submission Process

Document Submission

The single pdf including all three documents – the Nomination Information Sheet, the Nomination Letter, and the Candidate’s Research Paper – must be submitted to by the nominated doctoral student, not the nominating faculty member.

Due Date and Time

Submissions must be received no later than Midnight, US Hawaii time (UTC/GMT-10 hours) May 20, 2019. 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 for further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs via email. Good Luck!


Schloss Hohenkammer is a seminar center and hotel with its very own organic farming estate. It is located to the north of Munich and provides the perfect venue for any event and any stay. The castle fuses the past with the present to create an atmosphere that helps to engender innovation, at the same time as helping you to unwind and clear your head. Learn more about Schloss Hohenkammer

Participating Faculty




Professor and Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management

University Minnesota




Professor, Dept. of Information Systems and Analytics

National University of Singapore




Chaired Professor, Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences

Cologne University




Chair and Professor of Information Technology Innovation and Management

City University of Hong Kong




Professor and Anheuser-Busch Chair in MIS, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

University of Arizona




Professor and Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor

University of Virginia





University of Agder





Lancaster University




Distinguished Professor and George & Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems

University of Arkansas