Call for Papers

Goal and Scope

The goal of the FSE 2024 Doctoral Symposium is to create a forum for PhD students working in the area of software engineering. Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their doctoral research with senior researchers in the software engineering community, in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. Specifically, the symposium aims to:

  • Provide a setting where students receive feedback on their doctoral research and guidance on future directions from the Doctoral Symposium Panel (formed by the chairs after submissions are accepted);
  • Foster the creation of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research; and
  • Contribute to the conference goals through the interaction between the symposium participants and other researchers at the main conference.

In addition to scientific matters, students will have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing a PhD and performing research as a young professional. The goal of the symposium is to get early feedback from experts and peers about the thesis, or late feedback about your job market preparations. Submissions to the symposium will not be a part of the proceedings.

Important Dates

All dates are 23:59:59 AoE (UTC-12h).

  • Submission deadline: April 12, 2024
  • Notification: May 15, 2024
  • Doctoral symposium: July 16, 2024
  • Submissions to the symposium will not be a part of the proceedings, so there is no camera-ready


To apply as a student participating in the Doctoral Symposium, you should prepare a research proposal, which must be submitted by the submission deadline.

Research proposal

The proposal should cover:

  • Stage of your PhD – early (1-3 years) or late (4+ years) and what feedback (e.g., research idea, job market preparation) you may want from the symposium;
  • Research problem you are targeting and its importance to the field;
  • Brief survey of the background and related work;
  • Description of the proposed approach and evaluation;
  • Expected contributions of your research;
  • Results achieved so far;

The research proposal should be submitted through the FSE Doctoral Symposium submission website, in a single PDF document.

At the time of submission, all papers must conform to the FSE 2024 Format and Submission Guidelines (but they should not be anonymized), and must not exceed three pages including all text, references, and figures; submissions that do not comply with these requirements will be rejected by the chairs without review. The research proposal should be single-authored and include the title of your research, your name, your advisor (if you have one), your email address, and a short summary in the style of an abstract for a regular paper. All submissions must be original work, and must not have been previously published, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (see also ACM policy and procedures with respect to plagiarism).

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


The Doctoral Symposium chairs will select participants using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal and its relevance to FSE
  • Quality of proposal presentation


Accepted submissions will not be included in the conference proceedings. Authors will have the opportunity to bring a poster summarizing their work. Authors of accepted submissions must register for the FSE 2024 Doctoral Symposium and present their work there.