JUNE 30, 2021
Deadline to Submit
Notification of Decisions
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
Participant Networking Session
SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2021
SMS Annual Conference
SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2021
SMS Annual Doctoral Workshop

One Candidate per Institution

Only one (1) nominee per institution will be accepted to the Annual Doctoral Workshop. The Committee requests that institutions pre-select a candidate and nominate that individual only. In the case of multiple nominees per institution, a rank ordering from advising faculty is requested.

SMS Annual Doctoral Workshop

September 25 & 26, 2021

09:00 - 12:00 Eastern (UTC -4)

The Workshop will also include a networking session on Friday, September 17 at 11:00-12:00 Eastern (UTC -4) for students to meet prior to the Annual Conference. 

The Annual Doctoral Workshop fosters interaction among leading faculty scholars and doctoral students on research and preparing for a professional career in academia. The doctoral student participants will broaden their academic network with senior faculty from around the world and develop a better understanding of the particularities of the academic career. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include a variety of panels and practical sessions on developing dissertation proposals and launching academic careers, as well as a meet-the-editors session. This workshop is intended for students that have completed the initial comprehensive examination and coursework (or equivalent) of their doctoral program but are not yet on the job market.

We are proud to continue to offer 25 scholarships to be awarded to participants in our pre-eminent doctoral workshop. These scholarships will be offered to applicants from the competitive review of student nominations and will cover registration fees for the SMS Annual Conference and SMS Membership for 2022.

Nomination & Application Guidelines

All nominations must include all of the materials listed below and should be submitted online to the conference website by June 30, 2021. To apply, please upload one (1) PDF document through the online submission system that is found on this page.

As an international organization with a widely distributed membership, we aim for the workshop attendee composition to reflect this international representation.

Application materials should include:

  • Nomination/recommendation letter from a faculty member (with contact information)
  • A one-page summary of the applicant’s career to date
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests, not to exceed 300 words

Other things being equal, preference will be given to nominees who:

  • Are current members of the SMS
  • Are nominated by a current member of the SMS

Instructions to Submit

We request that submissions be completed by EITHER the Student OR the Faculty Member. Depending on your role, please follow these instructions: 

For Students: 

Please compile all three (3) application pieces into one (1) PDF file. When you are ready to submit, please add your files to the upload block, then click "PhD Student Application."

For Faculty Members:

Please compile all three (3) application pieces into one (1) PDF file. When you are ready to submit, please add your files to the upload block then click "Faculty Nomination." In the pop-up window, please enter the name or email address of the PhD Student that you are nominating and select them from the user list, then click "Nominate." 

Workshop Directors

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Jiatao Li
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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Libby Weber
University of California, Irvine

Please ensure that prior to submitting, you have verified that your nomination adheres to and includes all of the materials listed in the Guidelines.