Doctoral Consortium

While our global human family is facing difficult challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now clearer than ever that relationship is the core of humanity. With this in mind, we are planning and hoping for a normal ECIS 2021 Doctoral Consortium in Atlas Mountain of Morocco from Thursday afternoon, 10 June 2021, to midday Sunday, 13 June 2021. We don't know what the pandemic situation will be like in June 2021, so we are also making contingency plans for a virtual consortium format.

Our commitment is to deliver an ECIS Doctoral Consortium with a collegial and affirmative environment to enable doctoral students currently working on dissertations in the area of Information Systems to share their work, receive constructive feedback, and build lifelong friendships.

The Doctoral Consortium Committee invites nominations to the consortium. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a University within AIS Area 2 (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East). Each University can nominate only one candidate and must guarantee proper funding for the student to attend the doctoral consortium as well as the main conference. While room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2021 and the conference sponsors, admitted PhD students must register for ECIS 2021 at the reduced student rate.

Consortium Faculty

 Chairs :
Faculty Mentors :

List of participating Ph.D Students

Doctoral Consortium

Consortium Location

The doctoral consortium will be held at Kasbah Angour, just 35 km south of Marrakech in Atlas Mountain. The property is designed as a Berber castle that provides deluxe suites, spacious public areas, a wonderful swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and amazing panoramic views. See more information here: 
Atlas Mountaines


Main Hall

The Map Below Shows The Location of the Doctoral Consortium

Important Dates

  • Nomination deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2021
  • Consortium: June 10-13, 2021

Nomination Requirements

The consortium is designed for students who are engaged in developing their dissertation research and have successfully defended their thesis proposals before June 2021. Students who will have completed their dissertations by June 2021 or are close to completion will not be accepted. The following requirements should be fulfilled:
  • A student must be nominated by a representative of his or her respective 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, 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 provided template and the nominating faculty should attest that the student is the only nominee of the institution.

Nomination and Submission Procedure

English is the language of the doctoral consortium and all submitted materials.
The nomination package should include the following:
The submitted materials must be uploaded in ONE FILE using the ECIS 2021 conference paper submission system and directed to the “Doctoral Consortium Track.” 
All submissions must be in Microsoft Word DOC/ DOCX format or Adobe’s PDF format and must follow the submission format and instructions.
The nomination package must be received no later than midnight Central European Standard Time (CET) on 15 February 2021.
Nomination packages that are incomplete, in other file formats, received after the deadline, or composed of multiple files will be declined.

Dissertation Proposal Abstract Format and Instructions

The Dissertation Proposal Abstract should outline the candidate’s research and 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 abstract should provide a motivation for the relevance of the research, the research question(s), a presentation of the theoretical basis and context for the research, a description of research approach and methodology, preliminary findings and expected contributions to knowledge. 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 the date of submission of the proposal. The extended abstract may not exceed 3,000 words all inclusive.

Selection Process and Related Information

Selection to the ECIS doctoral consortium is based on merit. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the consortium faculty. Participants will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, its potential significance and contribution to the IS discipline, the potential 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 seek to include the best proposals as well as to balance the background and interests of the candidates.

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 31 March 2021. Further instructions will be sent to the participants ahead of the event.

There is no registration fee, and room and board at the consortium are provided courtesy of ECIS 2021 and the conference sponsors. However, all participants are required to register for the main conference and advised to take advantage of the early-bird students’ rate.

Travel and Visa

Participants are expected to arrive independently to the doctoral consortium location. Further travel instructions will follow. 
We will provide transportation from the consortium location to the main conference site in Marrakech.
Participants may need to obtain a visa to Morocco. 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 Morocco.