Call for Participation

The AfriCHI 2021 doctoral and masters colloquium is a full day session taking place on 9 March  2021. It is intended for doctoral and master’s degree students working in the broad field of Human-Computer Interaction.

The colloquium is an opportunity to present issues of concern relating to doctoral and master’s studies, meet fellow doctoral and master’s degree students, and get extensive feedback from the chairs and other participants. It is primarily intended for students in the middle of their graduate studies, for example, students who have started their studies and already done some work, but still have room to make changes based on expert feedback. The colloquium is intended to:

  • Provide fora in which students can present their work and meet other students;
  • Provide feedback to students on their current approaches and guidance on future research directions;
  • Provide students with fresh perspectives on and experience of constructive critique of their work from researchers and students outside their own institution;
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars; and
  • Contribute to the goals of AfriCHI through interaction with other researchers and engagement in conference events

Important Dates

Mentor request

1st July 2020


13 December  2020


5 January 2021

Camera ready

18 January 2021

Registration deadline


Submission Details

Online submission

(Click here to go to the submission system)

Submission format

To participate,  you should submit the following four items either via the Online Submission System or by email to with the subject line “AfriCHI2021 Doctoral and Masters colloquium”. All four items should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Extended abstract

Your extended abstract is a written 3-4page research description that covers the central aspects of your own research work. Please carefully consult the detailed guide and ensure your extended abstract includes the following key points:

  • Your name and your situation, i.e., the university programme context in which your work is being conducted
  • The context and motivation that drives your research
  • Your research questions and/or goals
  • A brief review of background or related literature of key works that frame your research
  • Hypotheses or objectives and/or problem statement
  • Your research approach, methods, and initial results, if any
  • The status of your dissertation and the next steps you plan to undertake
  • Current and/or expected contributions of your research

The extended abstract should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time

Concise CV/resume

You should include a concise Curriculum Vitae that is no more than two pages with a list of publications.

Statement of benefit

You should include a written document of no more than one page that describes what you will contribute and what you will gain. You should clearly and concisely explain how and/or why your participation in the colloquium will benefit yourself and the other colloquium participants.

Letter of support/nomination

You should include a signed letter from your academic supervisor/advisor and/or Head of Department of no more than one page that supports your participation in the Doctoral and Masters colloquium. This letter should also explain how you might benefit from the colloquium. The letter should indicate if you will receive financial support from the institution in order to attend

Please ensure that your submission is complete, complies with the format and content guidelines for the AfriCHI Doctoral and Masters colloquium.


ACM Proceedings Format
LaTeX template
Overleaf template
Microsoft Word template + fonts

Selection process 

Doctoral colloquium papers will be juried. The AfriCHI’2021 Doctoral and Masters colloquium Committee will acknowledge receipt and review all submissions. A key goal of the review is to identify a set of students that will benefit significantly from feedback on their work and support each other in their growth.


Authors of accepted papers must participate in the doctoral consortium, and register for the AfriCHI 2021 conference.  Participants will be asked to read two other submissions and should be prepared to give feedback to those students during the consortium. During the colloquium each student will present their work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. A central goal of the colloquium is to introduce students to the idea of providing each other with a constructive critique of their research work.


Doctoral and Masters’ Colloquium Co-chairs

Obinna Anya, Google, USA
Joseph Igwe, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

We hope you will join us online from 8-12 March 2021.