Doctoral Consortium

Call for Participation: WACV 2021 Doctoral Consortium Overview

 The Doctoral Consortium provides a unique opportunity for students, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers in computer vision. A senior member of the community will be assigned as a mentor for each student based on the student’s preference or similarity of research interests. All students and mentors will attend a Doctoral Consortium meeting, giving the students an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor. In addition, each student will present a poster, either describing their thesis research or a single recent paper, to the other participants and their mentors.

Application Process

Applicants must be close to graduating (e.g., within two years of defending their dissertation) or recently graduated (e.g., defended within the last six months). Priority will be given to applicants with well-formed thesis plans that are earlier in their studies. Students that meet the eligibility requirements should submit an application via CMT here. Please follow the instructions and submit the following as a single pdf file.

·  Your CV.

· A two-page research statement summarizing your research and progress to date.

· A signed letter from your PhD advisor that confirms your actual/estimated graduation date.

· Three specific questions you have for your mentor.

· A brief description of any special circumstances regarding availability or lack of availability of travel funding from your institution.

· (optional) A list of individuals you would like to have as a mentor (ideally these will be individuals that are already attending WACV).

Please ensure that all pieces of information are included in the application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.


Doctoral Consortium participants will receive a waiver for conference registration fees.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: December 28th, 2020 (11:59pm, Pacific Time)
  • Decisions announced: December 29th, 2020
  • Doctoral Consortium event: January 7th, 2021 (Please fill in time preference at CMT).

Event Details

The Doctoral Consortium will consist of a virtual meeting and a poster session in which each PhD student presents a poster that summarizes the main contributions of their thesis.  Each student will be paired with a mentor, who will be a senior researcher so that they can have a deep discussion of their research and career plans/goals.

Poster Format

Please refer to the general WACV 2021 guidelines; the Doctoral Consortium will use the same format. We will send out the information for uploading materials.

Additional Information 

Please email Qi Zhao ( if you have any questions about the process.