Submissions for the 2024 Doctoral Workshop Open Now through July 1, 2024!


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 is 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. The Annual Doctoral Workshop is held in-person at the SMS Annual Conference.

SMS is proud to offer 25 scholarships to be awarded to selected 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.

The 2024 Annual Doctoral Workshop Co-Directors are Yue Maggie Zhou and Frank T. Rothaermel.


Nomination & Application Guidelines

All nominations must include all of the materials listed below and should be submitted online to the conference website by July 1, 2024. To apply, please upload one (1) PDF document through the online submission system.

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

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


One Candidate per Institution

Only one (1) nominee per institution will be accepted to the Annual Doctoral Workshop. The Directors request 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. If no ranking is provided, selection of the one accepted nomination per institution will be at the Workshop Directors’ discretion.


Submission Instructions

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, click here to visit the online submission portal. You will indicate that you are submitting an application as a student.

For Faculty Members:

Please compile all three (3) application pieces into one (1) PDF file. When you are ready to submit, click here to visit the online submission portal.  You should indicate that you are a “Faculty Member nominating a student”, and be prepared to enter basic student information into the required fields.