Call for Doctoral Consortium Nominations

Nominations are invited for the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) 2018 Doctoral Consortium. The Consortium provides a unique opportunity for doctoral students in Information Systems to present their research to an audience of peers and senior faculty.

The Consortium is sponsored by the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS), the School of Information Systems and Technology Management, UNSW Sydney, and the Business Information Systems Discipline at the University of Sydney Business School. There is no charge for registration and catering at the Consortium. However, students will need to fund travel and accommodation costs.


The Consortium focuses on providing constructive feedback to students on their research and provides students with an opportunity to:

  1. present their work in a supportive and constructive environment
  2. receive feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty
  3. gain an overview of the breadth, depth, and directions of IS research
  4. discuss concerns about research, supervision, and other career-related issues
  5. network with peers, future colleagues and IS faculty


The Consortium is limited to 24 students. Candidates must be current doctoral students from a recognized university. Each IS department/school can nominate a maximum of 2 candidates and must rank their applications.

Ideally, the candidate should have chosen their theoretical approach, developed their methodology, and started their empirical work, but should at the time of the Consortium have at least 6-12 months of work remaining before expected completion.


Submissions will be reviewed by the ACIS’18 DC Consortium Mentors. In the first round, all first ranked applications will be considered. A second round will be conducted if all places are not filled in the first round.

All successful applicants must also register and attend the ACIS2018 conference, including its social functions.

Important Dates

  • Friday, 12th Oct 2018 - Nomination deadline
  • Friday 26th Oct 2018 - Notification of Acceptance
  • Friday 30th Nov 2018 - Registration and Welcome reception
  • Sat 1st Dec – Sun 2nd Dec 2018 - Doctoral Consortium
  • 3th - 5th Dec 2018 - ACIS2018 main conference


The application must include the following:

  1. A proposal that must use the attached DC-Proposal-Template to outline the candidate’s research topic, research question(s), key background literature, proposed methodology, current stage of the research, and plans for completion.
  2. A cover page showing (a) the candidate’s full name, affiliation (university and school/department), (b) all contact details including mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number(s), and (c) the names and emails of the candidate’s Ph.D. supervisors.
  3. A letter from the candidate’s Ph.D. supervisor or Head of School or equivalent, supporting the student’s nomination for the Consortium. Home institutions are encouraged to provide financial assistance to successful nominees in the form of travel and accommodation support and main conference registration.
  4. A covering note from the Head of School (or equivalent) ranking the nominations from their school/department.

Please submit 1, 2, 3, and 4. (above) as a single .pdf document to both Doctoral Consortium Chairs ( and

Note: The language of the consortium is English. All submitted materials must be in English.  Attendees must have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in the academic discussions of the Consortium.

At the Consortium

Selected students will arrange their own accommodation and must attend all sections of the Doctoral Consortium. Any family members accompanying the student will need to arrange their own accommodation.

Further details about the Consortium program, mentors and keynotes will be posted at the Doctoral Consortium pages at ACIS2018 as details are finalized.

Doctoral Consortium Co-chairs

Walter Fernandez

UNSW Sydney

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Olivera Marjanovic

University of Technology Sydney

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