Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2022

4-7 December, 2022

Hosted by the University of Melbourne

Doctoral Consortium

Call for Nominations

The ACIS 2022 Doctoral Consortium invites nominations to participate in the consortium to be held over two full days, from Saturday 3rd December to Sunday 4th December. This is intended to be an in-person event, so students should apply only if they plan to attend in person. We expect each student selected for the Consortium to attend all Consortium activities, from Saturday morning to close on Sunday.

About the ACIS 2022 Doctoral Consortium

The ACIS Doctoral consortium offers a forum in which PhD students can obtain feedback on their research from leading scholars in the discipline, get to know peers and their research from other universities, and gain exposure to the academic and research career and pathways, after the PhD. Successful nominees are expected to attend the full Consortium.

2022 Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Annette Mills, University of Canterbury
  • Stan Karanasios, University of Queensland
  • Vanessa Cooper, RMIT University
Consortium Faculty Mentors Distinguished senior IS scholars will provide mentoring. Location The consortium will be held at Graduate House, University of Melbourne Accommodation Participants can book inexpensive accommodation at Graduate House.



Ph.D. students currently enrolled in and working on an Information Systems thesis are eligible to be nominated. Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is by invitation only. Students who are mid-way through in the programme or those who have already defended their PhD proposals are encouraged to apply. Those students who have a research design plan in place will tend to benefit more from faculty mentors’ guidance than those who are very early in the programme. The focus of the mentors will be on assisting participating students with critiques, and tips on moving their work forward and dealing with traps and pitfalls along the way. Students who will complete their dissertations by December 2022, or are close to completion will not be accepted.

Selection process

There are limited places available. Participation will be limited to no more than 24 students. Due to the restriction on the number of places, normally only one student from each organisational unit in a university will be accepted into the programme. Two units in the same university may offer one nominee each from their respective unit. In the event of more than one nominee from a single unit, the nominating institution will be required to rank the nominees. All first-ranked nominees will have an equal chance against other first-ranked or sole nominees. A second-ranked nominee would only be considered after all first-ranked/sole nominees. Participants will be selected based on the following:

  • the quality of proposed research
  • significance of the research and the potential contribution
  • the potential contribution the student can make to the Doctoral Consortium

Documents needed for submission

Nominees are required to submit the three documents listed below. These must be submitted as a single pdf file including all three documents.

You can download templates at the end of this webpage.

(1) Nominee information sheet: Students complete the information sheet and submit it along with the other two documents mentioned below.

(2) PhD thesis proposal: The proposal should have a maximum of 10 A4 pages (10pt Georgia, single space, including references and appendices but excluding the cover page). The page limit must be adhered to, to be considered.

(i) The cover page should include the title of the proposal, and information about the student including name, university, and abstract (between 40 to 150 words).

(ii) The main body of the proposal should include the thesis title,  a brief description of the context of the research, the research question to be addressed, rationale for the research, an associated summary of key literature, the theoretical foundations of the research, research model and proposed hypotheses (if applicable). It should also describe the proposed or current research method and expected contribution.

(3) Nomination letter from the nominating faculty. Normally, the nominating faculty should be the Dean, Head of Department/School or the Director of PhD programme. Alternatively, if these persons are not available, the nominee’s Dissertation Advisor may nominate the student.

Important: Students must be nominated by their department/university; self-nominations will not be accepted. A nomination implies that should the student be accepted, they will have the support needed to attend the consortium in person, and participate in all activities.

Registration and Cost

There is no registration fee to attend the consortium. However, nominating institutions are encouraged to provide financial assistance to successful nominees in the form of travel and accommodation expenses.

Please note: All accepted students to the Consortium are encouraged to register for and attend the ACIS 2022 conference, which immediately follows the Consortium. All students will receive a reduced registration rate for the conference. This will cover attendance at all conference sessions and exhibits, conference lunches/refreshment breaks.

IMPORTANT: Participants should not bring guests (e.g., other students or supervisors) to the Consortium. It is designed as an intensive personal development experience that provides a forum for network and developing camaraderie with your peers.

Submission process

All submitted documents must be in English.

Nominee documents must be submitted via Make sure you choose the “Doctoral Consortium” track.  The submission system only accepts ONE file to be uploaded to the system so nominees will need to put all the three documents together into one file. The nominee can then upload their document, which can be altered, re-uploaded or deleted. Once the nominee “submits” their document to the system, it can no longer be changed, edited, or revised.

Important dates

  • Nomination deadline: 11th October 2022 17th October 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st November 2022
  • Doctoral consortium dates: 3rd – 4th December 2022

Contacting Us

In case of any problems or for further clarification about the submission process, please contact one of the consortium co-chairs noted below via email – please include “ACIS2022 Doctoral Consortium” in the subject line.

  • Annette Mills, University of Canterbury,
  • Stan Karanasios, University of Queensland,
  • Vanessa Cooper, RMIT University,