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Doctoral Consortium

Quick Facts


Important Dates:


Submission Details:


Selection Process: Curated


Chairs: Wendy Ju, Yang Li, Wendy Mackay (


At the conference: Each accepted submission will be presented at the two-day Doctoral Consortium before the main conference, and also as a poster at the conference.


After the Conference: Doctoral Consortium abstracts will be published in the Extended Abstracts for the conference and archived in the ACM Digital Library.


Message from the Doctoral Consortium Chairs


The CHI 2021 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for PhD students to present, explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished HCI researchers. We invite students who would appreciate feedback on their dissertation research and like to increase its visibility to apply for this unique opportunity to share and discuss their work with fellow Ph.D. students and senior researchers in the field. Ideal candidates will be mid-way through their program, with a clear topic and research approach, with some concrete progress but also sufficient time remaining in their program to consider suggestions and new ideas. Candidates should explain both how they hope to benefit, as well as what they can contribute by participating.


Wendy Ju, Assistant Professor, Cornell Tech, New York, NY USA

Yang Li, Staff Research Scientist, Google Research, Mountain View, CA, USA

Wendy E. Mackay, Research Director, University Paris-Saclay, Inria, Paris France



What is the Doctoral Consortium?


The CHI 2021 Doctoral Consortium is a two-day, single-track event where approximately  20 Ph.D. students will present their current and future research. Selected candidates will receive complimentary conference registration, and, where possible, limited travel support. Goals include:

  • Providing a setting for students to discuss their research with distinguished HCI researchers and doctoral students outside their own institution;
  • Offering individual feedback and fresh perspectives about each students’ current research and suggest possibilities for future research directions;
  • Promoting the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research; and
  • Contributing to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.


Preparing and Submitting your Doctoral Consortium Proposal


Candidates must submit their Doctoral Consortium proposals by the submission deadline, October 14, 2020, 12 noon Pacific Standard Time. Each proposal should be a single PDF, with four required components: an six-page description of your Ph.D., an expected benefits statement, a recommendation letter, and a two-page curriculum vitae.


  1. Six-page research description (excluding references): Use the ACM Master Article Submission Templates (single column) template and include the following:
    • Your name, Advisor(s) name(s), and the university where you are conducting your doctoral work
    • Current year of study and projected completion date
    • Context and motivation for your research
    • Key related work that frames your research
    • Specific research objectives, goals or questions
    • Research approach, methods and rationale
    • Results and contributions to date
    • Expected next steps 
    • Dissertation status and long term goals
  2. Benefits and Contribution statement (two paragraphs)
    • Describe what you hope to gain by participating in the Doctoral Consortium, and how  your participation will benefit other students and faculty.
  3. Letter of Recommendation (from primary thesis advisor)
    • Describe your interaction with the student and your assessment of the quality of their work. Explain how the CHI 2021 doctoral consortium would benefit this student at this point in their doctoral program, as well as the contributions you expect the student to make to the group.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: (maximum two pages)
    • Provide a concise summary of your current curriculum vitae, including research publications. (Clearly separate published papers from those in submission.)


Please ensure that your submission is complete and conforms to the format and content guidelines above. Because the Doctoral Consortium Committee expects to receive a large number of applications, submissions that do not meet these requirements will be rejected automatically.


Authors are strongly encouraged to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions, using recommendations found in the Guide to an Accessible Submission.


Doctoral Consortium Selection Process


The Doctoral Consortium committee will review and select candidates via a curation process that considers both research quality and additional factors. Our goal is to identify a set of students who will benefit significantly from the event and support each other in the future. We will seek diversity in backgrounds, topics and geographic areas, and are unlikely to accept more than two students from the same institution. We will not accept more than one student with the same advisor. Given the strong demand, please do not apply if you have already participated in a previous CHI, UIST, CSCW or other SIGCHI doctoral consortium.


Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information, which will be published on the website prior to the conference.


Upon Acceptance of your Doctoral Consortium Proposal


Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit the publication version of their submission, as well as how to prepare the presentation and the poster. Authors will also receive information about doctoral consortium registration and attending the conference.


We anticipate that partial support for participant attendance at the consortium will be provided by CHI 2021. All such benefits are contingent upon attending the two-day Doctoral Consortium. Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the ACM. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference.


At the Conference


All participants are expected to attend both days of the Consortium in full, including a group dinner on the first evening and a wrap-up reception on the second evening. Each student will present his or her work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by the faculty and other students. Being accepted into the CHI Doctoral Consortium is a prestigious honour and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field.


Students will present a poster of their work at the main conference, during the Doctoral Consortium poster session. Students should also bring a small version of the poster, on A4 or letter-size paper, to hand out during the Doctoral Consortium and poster sessions.


Publication Date


The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. (Note that the official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.)


After the Conference


Doctoral Consortium abstracts will be published in the Extended Abstracts for the conference and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

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