Application Process

Who can participate? 
Participation in the conference is limited to those doctoral students who are accepted to present a research paper at the conference. Application for presenting a research paper at the conference is by invitation only. 

What are the requirements for the research paper?
We are looking for high-quality, original working papers formatted in accordance with the subject field's standard. All submissions are subject to a competitive review process, so only the best papers will be retained for the conference. 

What stage in the PhD Programme are students expected to be in? 
Most of the students attending the Conference are in their third year or beyond. While there is no specific year requirement, attendees are expected to present non-preliminary research. Please note that a draft of the final paper is required to be submitted by April 10, 2014

How do I apply?
Invited doctoral students are required to submit the following by February 2, 2014
- Online application; and
- An electronic copy of a complete research paper that will be used to evaluate submissions. Please note that the format of the paper should follow that of one of the leading journals in your respective field.

The conference committee will notify applicants of their acceptance to the conference after March 1, 2014. Accepted students are required to confirm their attendance via email to by April 1, 2014. You will also be requested to submit an electronic copy of your photo for the inclusion in the conference brochure. Please note that failing to confirm the attendance by this date will result in a withdrawal of the invitation. If you indicate in your application that you require a visa to travel to the UK, you will be sent a letter of invitation shortly after your acceptance to the conference to expedite your visa application process.

I am a student at one of the invited schools, but I haven’t received the invitation to participate in this year’s conference. What do I do? 
Please contact us via email on

I am not a student at any of the invited schools, but I am very keen to participate in this conference. Is there any way for me to participate?
Yes, you can apply to present at this year’s conference if you are sponsored by a research-focused (i.e., tenured or tenure-track) London Business School faculty member. For more information on London Business School’s faculty members, please visit faculty webpage

Can I apply even if I don’t have a completed paper yet? 
Yes, you can, provided you are able to finish and submit a complete paper by the application deadline of February 2, 2014. 

Will I get a confirmation for submitting my application?
We regret that we are unable to send automatic confirmation emails upon receipt of your application. However, the completion of your on-line application form will be acknowledged on the screen. If you do not see this acknowledgement, please contact us at

When will I hear back about the decision? 
You will hear back from us with a decision on your application after March 1, 2014. 

What should I do if I don’t hear by this date? 
If you haven’t heard back from us by midnight on March 4, 2014, please send an email to after checking your "Inbox" as well as "Junk Email" folders. 

Do I need to do anything once I get the acceptance email? 
Yes, you need to confirm your attendance via e-mail to by April 1, 2014. You will also need to pay the participation fee of £90 through an on-line payment system. 

When and where will the agenda/programme details be made available? 
Programme details will be distributed via e-mail to confirmed participants by the May 1, 2014. 

What if I find out at a later date (after confirming my attendance) that I can not attend the conference? 
Please immediately let us know by sending an e-mail to