The ECIS 2024 Doctoral Consortium will take place prior to the ECIS conference. It starts on Thursday afternoon, 13 June 2024, and ends midday Sunday, 16 June 2024.

The ECIS Doctoral Consortium aims to facilitate a collegial and affirming environment where doctoral students who are currently working on a dissertation in the area of Information Systems, can share their work and receive constructive feedback from both mentors and peers.

The consortium is designed for students who have successfully defended their thesis proposals before June 2024 and who are actively engaged in conducting their dissertation research. Students who have completed their dissertations by June 2024 or who are close to completion, will not be accepted.

Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is by invitation only and relies on a nomination process. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a university within AIS Area 2 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East). Each university can nominate only one candidate and must guarantee adequate funding for the nominated candidate.

This funding needs to cover the student’s travel costs to the Doctoral Consortium, as well as registration, room and board for the ECIS conference, which follows the Doctoral Consortium. The ECIS conference will cover the following costs: room and board during the consortium and local transportation from the consortium location to the ECIS conference venue.

In line with ECIS 2024’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we added four extra slots for students from underdeveloped countries in AIS Region 2.  We therefore welcome applications from PhD candidates at universities in AIS Region 2 countries that are traditionally underrepresented at ECIS conferences.

Consortium Faculty

Jan Marco Leimeister, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and University of Kassel, Germany. Email: 
Ulrike Schultze, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Email:

Keynote Speaker
Dorothy Leidner, University of Virginia, USA.

Faculty Mentors
Pär Ågerfalk, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Karlheinz Kautz, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.
David Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Maha Shaikh, King’s College London, UK.
Shirish Srivastava, HEC Paris, France.
Mari-Klara Stein, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Ali Sunyaev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
Tuure Tuunanen, University of Jyväskyla, Finland.

Consortium Location: E-Hotel Resort & Spa, Larnaca

 The Doctoral Consortium will take place at the E-Hotel Resort & Spa in Larnaca. Overlooking a beautiful white sand beach, the hotel offers a unique setting for the doctoral consortium with conference facilities, a relaxing environment, and a rooftop bar. The hotel is conveniently located; it is only 8 miles from the airport.

Location: E Hotel Spa & Resort Cyprus
Address: 1 Faros Road Pervolia CY 7560, Perivolia, Cyprus

Important Dates

  • Nomination deadline: 15 Feb 2024 (midnight CET)
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 March 2024
  • Doctoral Consortium: 13-16 June 2024

Nomination Requirements

The consortium is designed for students who are at least mid-way through their PhD program. They should have already defended their dissertation proposal but still be in the process of completing their research. Students who will have completed their dissertations before the consortium or who are close to completion it, will not be considered.

The requirements for student nominations are as follows:

  • A student must be nominated by a representative of his or her institution. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • An institution (i.e., university, school) can nominate only one student.
  • The nomination letter can be written by one of the following: the student’s supervisor, the director of the IS doctoral program, the Dean of the College or Faculty, or the IS department’s chairperson.
  • The nomination letter should build on the template provided and the nominating faculty should attest that the student is the only nominee of the institution.
  • Additionally, the nomination letter must pledge the financial resources for the nominee to attend the Doctoral Consortium and the ECIS conference.

Nomination and Submission Procedure

English is the language of the doctoral consortium and all submitted materials.

The nomination package file should include the following:

The submitted materials must be uploaded in ONE FILE using the ECIS 2024 conference paper submission system under the “Doctoral Consortium” track.

All submissions must be in Adobe’s PDF format and must follow the submission formatting guidelines and requirements.

The nomination package must be received by the nomination deadline. Nomination packages that are incomplete and/or fail to conform to the submission requirements outlined above (e.g., too long, wrong file format, multiple files, or incomplete letter) will be excluded from further consideration.

Dissertation Proposal Abstract Format and Instructions

The Dissertation Proposal Abstract should outline the candidate’s research in the form of an abbreviated dissertation proposal. It must include a cover page with the following information:

  • Title of the proposal
  • Information about the candidate, including name, university affiliation, name of dissertation supervisor, website address, and contact information: email address, mailing address, and phone numbers.

The proposal extended abstract should include:

  • The research motivation
  • Research question(s)
  • Theoretical framing for the research
  • The research approach and methodology
  • Preliminary findings, and
  • Expected contributions to the field of IS.

The document should also include a progress report as an appendix, indicating the estimated completion date and the work that remains to be done as of February 15, when the application was submitted.

The extended abstract may not exceed 3,000 words excluding:

  • Cover letter
  • References
  • Progress report appendix

Selection Process and Related Information

Selection to the ECIS doctoral consortium is primarily based on merit. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the consortium faculty. Participants will be selected in light of the quality of the proposed research, its potential significance and contribution to the IS discipline, the contribution the student is likely to make to the consortium, and the potential benefit of the consortium to the student’s research.

Participation is limited to 20 students and the doctoral consortium committee will balance the quality of the proposals with candidates’ backgrounds and research interests in order to enact AIS’s values around diversity and inclusion.

The language for the Consortium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Nominating a student to the doctoral consortium implies that the student has sufficient proficiency in English and will be able to participate effectively in the presentations, discussions, and other activities.

Nominating a student to the doctoral consortium obliges the institution to fund the student’s travel to the consortium location and conference attendance for the entire duration of the event.

Notifications of acceptance or otherwise will be sent via e-mail to all applicants by 15 March 2024.

There is no registration fee for the Doctoral Consortium. Also, room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2024 sponsors. However, all participants are required to register for the main conference and are advised to take advantage of the early-bird students’ rate.

Travel and Visa

Participants are expected to arrange their travel to the doctoral consortium location independently. For general travel instructions to Cyprus, please check the conference website.

We will provide transportation from the consortium location to the main conference site at the end of the consortium.

Participants may need to obtain a visa for Cyprus. For visa information, please contact the respective embassies or consulates in your home country. Please plan ahead and make sure that your passport is valid for no less than six months at the time of entry to Cyprus.