In 2011, the first Doctoral Consortium in the Document Analysis community was organized in conjunction with the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR). This has led to successful successor events at ICDAR 2013, ICDAR 2015, ICDAR 2017 and ICDAR 2019. The tradition of having a Doctoral Consortium as a satelite event to the ICDAR main conference will further be continued at ICDAR 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The goal of the ICDAR 2021 Doctoral Consortium is to create an opportunity for Ph.D. students to test their research ideas, present their current progress and future plans, and receive constructive criticism and insights related to their future work and career perspectives. A mentor (a senior researcher who is active in the field) will be assigned to each student to provide individual feedback. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present an overview of their research plan during a special poster session.

Participation in the ICDAR 2021 Doctoral Consortium will be limited to 25 students. Prospective participants are encouraged to submit their application by May 15th, 2021. The Doctoral Consortium Chairs will then review all applications received. Preference will be given to students who are at a stage in their studies most likely to benefit (i.e., they have identified a research direction and published some initial results, but the thesis is not yet set in stone).

Participation to the Doctoral Consortium will be free for all accepted students, i.e., there will be no extra registration fees!

The ICDAR 2021 Doctoral Consortium will take place the day before the main conference, i.e., on Wednesday, September 07.

Submission Procedure


Students willing to participate should submit a participation package in a SINGLE pdf file. The submission package should be prepared using the following LaTeX or MS Word templates and should contain the following information:

  •  Student’s name,
  •  University,
  •  Title of your thesis,
  •  Supervisor of the thesis,
  •  Starting and expected finalization date of the PhD,
  •  Short research plan (1-2 pages about the work),
  •  Short CV (1-2 pages).

The research plan should contain an overview of the PhD topic, the steps made so far (including a list of publications), and the actions planned before finishing the PhD, especially novel research ideas to be pursued.

Submission should be done before May 15, 2021 to

Important dates


May 15, 2021: Submission deadline
May 20, 2021: Submission deadline extension
May 25, 2021: Acceptance notification and Mentor assignment

From May 26 to July 31, 2021: Mentoring period
August 1st, 2021: Final material due
September 7, 2021: Doctoral Consortium

For any question, please contact the Doctoral Consortium Chairs: and

We are looking forward to your participation!

Nibal Nayef and Jean-Christophe Burie
Doctoral Consortium Chairs

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