Doctoral Consortium

Workshop Description

The ICQE20 Doctoral Consortium is designed to support doctoral students in exploring and developing their research interests. The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to share their dissertation research with their peers and an international panel of faculty serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their dissertation work and to advance their understanding of the field. To benefit from the Doctoral Consortium, applicants should be advanced graduate students and be at a stage in their dissertation research where the other participants and mentors may be of help in shaping and framing their research and analysis activities. The goal of this workshop is to promote intellectual exchange, provide mentoring and support for junior researchers, build capacity for diverse leadership and participation in the QE community, and facilitate collaboration across disciplines and geographic contexts.

Objectives and Design

The Doctoral Consortium aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their dissertation research and to identify problems/issues for discussion and inquiry;
  • Provide a setting for participants to contribute ideas and receive feedback and guidance on their current research;
  • Provide a forum for discussing theoretical and methodological issues of central importance to quantitative ethnography;
  • Develop a network of supportive scholars using quantitative ethnography across countries and continents;
  • Collaborate and draw upon literature across countries and institutions;
  • Contribute to the conference experience of participating students through interaction with other participants, mentors, and organizers; and
  • Support young researchers in their effort to enter different research communities.

Doctoral Consortium sessions occur before the conference on Saturday, October 24 and after the conference on Tuesday, October 27. First, participants will meet before the conference to present their dissertation projects and engage in discussions with other members on specific aspects of their work. On the last day of the conference, participants will meet again to engage with common issues and themes identified during the conference, including theoretical models, research design and questions, pedagogy and technology, data collection, methods of analysis, etc. and how these issues may or may not relate to their dissertation work. During both days of the consortium, participants will receive support from expert mentors to engage in further inquiry and discussion.

Who Should Apply?

The ICQE20 Doctoral Consortium is open to Ph.D. candidates who are most likely to benefit from the intended goals through collaborative interaction. Generally, applicants should be at a stage in their work where the consortium participants may be of help in shaping the design and/or analysis. We suggest that graduate students who are early in their program or who have completed their dissertation at or around the time of the consortium do not apply.

Students who are accepted to the Doctoral Consortium will receive free conference registration, hotel accommodations, and travel stipends. Applicants who have queries about eligibility or have other questions should send an email to:

How to Apply?

Participants for the Doctoral Consortium will be selected on the basis of the academic quality of their proposal; relevance and potential contribution to the field of quantitative ethnography; recommendation from the advisor (supervisor); and their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. The proposals will be reviewed by at least two international experts in the field.

Each proposal should contain the following within one document in the following order, and be submitted through the conference system.

  1. A cover sheet with your name, title of your research project/dissertation, your advisor’s name (or thesis chair’s name, as appropriate), your advisor’s e-mail, your institution, your personal webpage (if you have one), your e-mail address, and your mailing address.
  2. A 1-page personal statement that includes: (a) current status of your research and studies; (b) expected benefits of participation for both yourself and the other consortium participants; (c) what specific issues or challenges within your research that you would like to explore further.
  3. A 2-page summary of your research including tables, figures and references using the Proceedings template (Click here to access the template). The summary should include the following: (a) Abstract; (b) Goals of the research; (c) Background of the project; (d) Methodology; (e) Preliminary or expected findings; (f) expected contributions. Submissions should be written in English. If accepted, you will be asked to revise your submission upon feedback from the reviewers before it is published in the conference proceedings.

In addition, submitted through e-mail separately:

  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor.

Please submit the cover page, 1-page personal statement, and the 2-page summary as a single file in DOCX and PDF format named as follows: “Firstname_Lastname_DCproposal”. The application should be submitted through the ICQE 2020 Conference System.

Please have your advisor submit the letter of recommendation directly to

Important Dates

July 1

Submission deadline

August 24

Notification date

September 14

Final revisions due


Early bird registration deadline


Hotel reservation deadline

October 26

Proceedings published