Doctoral Consortium

The NDM Doctoral Consortium is intended to provide an opportunity for PhD students to discuss and explore their research with experts in the field of Naturalistic Decision Making. This is an excellent opportunity to receive guidance on dissertation proposals as well as career advice from leaders in NDM related areas of research. Participants will be expected to present their research ideas in 10–15 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussions and suggestions from experts. The goals of the Doctoral Consortium event are to:

  • Provide fruitful feedback and advice to the selected PhD students on their research ideas.
  • Provide the opportunity to meet experts from different backgrounds working on topics related to Naturalistic Decision Making.
  • Interact with other PhD students and stimulate an exchange of ideas and suggestions among participants.

The Doctoral Consortium will be held as a workshop on Monday June 17, 2019, the day before the Pre-Conference Workshops (Tuesday June 18). The participants of the doctoral consortium are also strongly encouraged to register for and attend the main conference.

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  • Submissions due: Friday April, 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time
  • Decision notices delivered: To be advised

Travel Funding:

For students who do not have external funding (e.g., advisor’s grant, graduate student council travel award), there are limited travel funds available to help students attend the doctoral consortium day. In your application, please include an estimated budget for travel expenses and justification. Additionally, please ask your advisor to declare your funding status (see details under Submission Guidelines, on this page).

CREST logoStudents from the United Kingdom who are completing security-related research can apply for one of three ₤500 travel bursaries from CREST. Complete the application form and email it directly to Joel Suss at by the submission deadline (Friday April, 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time).

Submission Guidelines:

A committee will review all applications. All submissions must be in English and must conform to the prescribed submission guidelines and formats. In a single PDF document, please submit:

  • A two-page extended abstract (single-spaced, 1 inch margins) of research ideas specifying:
    • Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques
    • Clearly formulated research questions/hypotheses
    • Preliminary ideas for approach (e.g., proposed approach and the results achieved so far; initial thoughts on research methodology that will be applied)
    • Importance of the work and expected contributions with respect to fundamental issues and themes in NDM and related fields (e.g., Human Factors Psychology)
  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits (e.g., what will you contribute as well as gain).
  • Estimated travel budget and justification. If you wish to apply for the limited travel funding available, please:
    • Include an estimate of your expenses. Include details of conference registration ($250), transportation (e.g., flights, ground transport), accommodation, and per diem expenses.
    • Justify your request for funding. There is limited funding available; we want to ensure that students with a real need for external funding are given priority.
    • If having to pay the conference registration fee ($250) would hamper your ability to attend the conference (including the Doctoral Consortium), then please state that explicitly. There may be funds available to offset the conference registration fee ($250); in return, you should indicate that you are willing to help at the conference (e.g., volunteer to staff the registration desk for several hours on one day).
  • Letter of recommendation from your advisor stating that he/she supports your participation in the doctoral consortium. Your advisor should also include information about your need for travel funding to attend the conference. If your advisor is already covering your travel expenses, then they should state this and describe whether the funding will cover all, or only some, of your travel expenses. Similarly, if you have (or will) obtain funding via your university (e.g., graduate student council travel award), your advisor should state this and make it clear whether you require additional funding to attend the conference.

We ask that PhD students who are sponsored to attend the conference be available to assist with the registration and day to day co-ordination of the conference in return.

The Consortium is designed for students currently enrolled in a PhD program, though we are also open to including students currently in a Master’s research program who have well-formed thesis ideas. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear idea and an area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. If you have any questions, please contact Joel Suss at



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