PhD Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium is a full-day forum in which Ph.D. students meet and discuss their work with each other and with senior faculty from a variety of disciplines associated with digital government research. The colloquium is planned for Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

We welcome applicants from a broad range of research areas relevant to digital government. Ideally, student participants will have completed one or two years of doctoral study or progressed far enough in their research to have a structured proposal idea and perhaps some preliminary findings, but have not reached the stage of defending their dissertations. We expect students at this stage of study will gain the most value from feedback on their work and from the general discussions of doctoral programs and scholarly careers. Although there is no fee for the colloquium itself, students are expected to register for and attend the full conference. Participation is limited to 8-10 students.

The colloquium will encompass three kinds of activities:

  • Presentations of individual student research followed by in-depth discussions led by faculty mentors.
  • Brief plenary presentations by senior faculty on digital government research themes as well as on planning and managing dissertations and careers.
  • Informal discussions and networking activities.

The colloquium is built around discussion of each student’s work. To accomplish this, each student will read and give a short presentation and commentary on another student’s paper. Each author will then add to the presentation of his or her work, followed by extensive small group discussion. Colloquium participants will receive a certificate of participation and be listed by name and institution in the conference proceedings, along with the title and abstract of their colloquium papers. (Please see the NOTE below about submitting additional work to the regular conference tracks).

The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Accepted students will be notified by April 1, 2017. To apply, please submit the following information as a single PDF document to the doctoral colloquium track of the dg.o2017 submission site at

  • A paper describing your planned or in-progress doctoral dissertation covering the following elements. The paper should be no less than five or more than 10 pages (not including references, tables and figures). The paper should include:
  • Abstract
  • The problem domain addressed and why it is important
  • A brief overview of related work
  • Theoretical frameworks for your study
  • The research questions and methodological approach
  • Empirical setting, if applicable
  • Preliminary research results, if any
  • Discussion of intellectual and practical challenges inherent in the study
  • The next steps or future direction of the research
  • References
  • A short personal statement stating what you personally hope to gain from the Doctoral Colloquium and how you can contribute to the colloquium experience of others.
  • A 1-2 page CV

The language of the colloquium is English, and all submitted materials must be in English. Students must have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in the presentations, discussions, and other activities.

The Digital Government Society has established a scholarship fund thanks to a bequest from Valerie J. Gregg, a founder of the Society and of the digital government research community. The fund provides full conference registrations at no cost to accepted doctoral colloquium students.

NOTE: Material included in applications to the colloquium will not be published in the proceedings. Instead, we encourage colloquium participants to submit papers and posters to the regular conference tracks. Completed work can be submitted to either the research track or the management/policy track by January 15, 2017.  Work in progress can be submitted to the poster and demo track by March 15, 2017.  Submit to the appropriate track through the conference submission site at  Accepted papers and posters will be presented in the regular conference sessions and published in the conference proceedings.

Colloquium Chairs

  Dr. J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, University at Albany, State University of New York
  Dr. Sharon Dawes, University at Albany, State University of New York
  Dr. Ida Lindgren, Linköping University, Sweden