ICLP Doctoral Consortium - Application Instructions

Application Process:

To apply for participation to the ICLP 2006 Doctoral Consortium, prepare a submission package consisting of a cover letter, a research summary, a letter of recommendation, and personal background document. The material should  be submitted (electronically, in PDF or MSWord format, or in hardcopy) by April 1st, 2006, 17:00 (5:00pm), U.S. Mountain Time. This should be considered a hard deadline.

Review Criteria:

The ICLP Doctoral Consortium review committee will select participants based on their anticipated contribution to the Consortium objectives. Participants typically have settled on their thesis directions and had their research proposal accepted by their thesis committee. Students will be selected based on clarity and completeness of the submission packet, relevance of their research area w.r.t. the focus of the ICLP Conference, stage of research, advisor's letter, and evidence of promise towards a successful research and academic career, such as published papers or technical reports.


The ICLP Doctoral Consortium Discussants will review the submission and select one to receive the Best Doctoral Consortium Paper Award. The organizing committee is actively seeking support to offer scholarship packages to accepted participants. We will update the web site as soon as we have more information regarding this.

The Application Packet

Cover Page:

Please include the following information in the cover page:

  • Statement of interest in participating in the Doctoral Consortium

  • Full name and School and Department in which you are earning your doctorate degree

  • Contact information - address, telephone number, fax number, and email address

  • Title of your research and keywords pertinent to your research

  • The URL of your web page (if any)

  • Name of your supervising professor

Research Summary:

Prepare your research summary as a PDF document, using the same format style as for the regular submissions to ICLP 2006 (Springer Verlag LNCS Conference Publication Format). For details on the conference publications format, please refer to: (http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,4-164-2-72376-0,00.html).
Keep the length of your research summary to no more than three pages, including figures, tables, and the bibliography.

Please, prepend the statement "ICLP 2005 DC" to the title of your research summary. Make sure to include your complete name, address and affiliation.

The body of you research summary should provide a clear overview of the research, its potential impact, and its current status. You are encouraged to include the following sections:

  1. Introduction and problem description

  2. Background and overview of the existing literature

  3. Goal of the research

  4. Current status of the research

  5. Preliminary results accomplished

  6. Open issues and expected achievements

The following sections are required:

  1. Current stage in your program of study

  2. What do you hope to gain from this Doctoral Consortium

  3. Bibliographical references

Background Information:

Provide a 2-page summary of your background and relevant experience. This should include information typically found in a curriculum vita, plus additional information that may indicate your potential contribution to this Doctoral Consortium.

Letter of Recommendation:

Include a letter of recommendation written by your Graduate Advisor or Thesis Advisor. Please, invite your advisor to include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research and an indication of the expected deadline for thesis submission. In addition, your advisor should indicate what she/he hopes you would gain from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2006
Acceptance Notification: April 15th, 2006
Last Date to Update Research Summary: May 2nd, 2006
Doctoral Consortium: August 17-20, 2006 (TBA)

Submission Information

You are invited to assemble your complete application packet in electronic form as four separate files:

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Summary

  • Background Information

  • Letter of Recommendation

The preferred submission method is in  electronic format (PDF or MSWord) as an e-mail attachment. Alternatively, submissions can be performed in hardcopy, by sending 4 copies of the package to the address below. Please, make sure to use the exact address below if using a courier. All submissions should be directed to:

Enrico Pontelli
ICLP 2006 Doctoral Consortium
Department of Computer Science
New Mexico State University
Stewart Street, New Science Hall, Room #123
Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA

All submissions must be in English. Submissions will not be considered if they arrive after the deadline. Your submission should not contain any proprietary or confidential material. Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures with identifiable people rests with you, not with the ICLP 2006 Doctoral Consortium.