Ph.D. Consortium

Tuesday 21st June 2016

The doctoral consortium has been designed to bring together Ph.D. candidates and experienced academics in order to facilitate focused and in-depth discussions around research. The consortium is especially designed for students who are engaged in developing their dissertation research. Students who will have completed their dissertations by September 2016 or are close to completion will not be accepted.

A submission outlining the candidate’s research should be in the form of an abbreviated dissertation proposal. The proposal should provide the research question or topic, a justification for the importance of the research, a presentation of the theoretical basis and context for the research, a description of research approach and method, preliminary findings and expected contributions to knowledge. The proposal 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. The proposal may not exceed 3,000 words and while preparing, we recommend PhD students to reflect upon the following questions:

  • What makes the research I do especially appealing for me?
  • For the discipline?
  • For practice?
  • How can I justify that my research results will match the goals of the dissertation
  • How can I show that the results of my work will contribute to advancing the field?

The consortium programme will include:

  • Talks by invited speakers about on-going research and/ or methodological issues;
  • Round table discussions about practical considerations (publishing, job market, etc.);
  • Submission presentations;
  • Opportunities for networking

For candidates that wish to only attend the consortium there is a fee of €75. Those wishing to attend the conference as well as the consortium: the fee is €225 (excluding conference dinner), €275 (including conference dinner).

    • April 29, 2016 – Deadline for submissions of proposals by PhD candidates
    • May 20, 2016 – Notification of acceptance
    • June 10, 2016 – Updated proposals/ research papers expected for distribution before the consortium
    • June 21, 2016 – Consortium

Submissions to the consortium have to include:

  • Cover page
    • Information about the candidate, including name, university affiliation, name of dissertation supervisor, web site address, and contact information: email address, mailing address, and phone numbers
    • Title of the proposal
  • Research proposal (2000 – 3000 words): including motivation, research question, research design/ methodology, current status of research and completion plan.
    • Times New Roman or equivalent font
    • 12-point font size
    • 1.5 spacing
  • Statement by the supervisor or PhD programme director confirming the status of the candidate and a recommendation for participation in the consortium

All of the above should be submitted via email to Dr Tadhg Nagle ( and Professor Joe Feller (