The DIS 2019 Doctoral Consortium provides current doctoral candidates unique opportunities to present their projects to receive feedback from, and engage in exchanges with researchers and peers in design-related fields from around the world, in a stimulating, open, and safe environment.

You must be enrolled in a design-related discipline as a doctoral candidate at the time of submitting your application and at the time of the conference. You will get most value from attending if you are already in possession of a clear direction for your thesis but have not yet finished your research. However, people at other stages may be considered. We are expecting to take up to 10 people.

As part of submissions to the Doctoral Consortium, we invite you to consider the conference theme, “Contesting Borders and Intersections.” With this theme, we encourage submissions that critique, resist, and/or reimagine taken-for-granted boundaries in interactive design research and practices, as well as those that present innovative thinking, and creative or provocative interaction design.

Important Dates

Action Timeline
Submission deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019 (23:59 PST)
Notifications to authors: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Camera ready deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019
Doctoral Consortium at DIS 2019: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
DIS 2019, San Diego, USA: June 24-28, 2019

Preparing and Submitting

Submissions must be done through the PCS submission system.

Document 1: PhD Abstract

The first document should be a 4-page extended abstract of your PhD, using SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (Download the Word Template, Download the Latex Template). Please use US letter (not A4).

Document 2: Supporting Materials

The supporting document should include the following (you may format the documents as you see fitting):

A short CV (max 1 page).

A list of three key readings that have influenced your PhD, with a short description for each reading (max 1 page). A brief statement of support from your PhD supervisor, which includes a statement of where you are in your PhD process (max 200 words).
A written statement of commitment to do the requested preparation ahead of attending.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Doctoral Consortium Chairs. Participation in the Doctoral Consortium will be limited to candidates who have been accepted into the Consortium. You will be notified of the outcome by March 21, 2019.


If you are accepted to the Doctoral Consortium, we will send you registration instructions. Participation in the Doctoral Consortium is free of charge to the invited participants. If you are presenting and/or participating in any other part of DIS 2019, you will need to pay the student conference registration fee.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

John Bowers (Newcastle University) & Wendy Ju (Cornell University)

dcchairs [AT]