Google Doctoral Consortium

We are pleased to announce the W4A Doctoral Student Consortium funded by Google Student Award. Up to 6 PhD students will be invited to participate in a special session with industry and research experts and get constructive feedback on their dissertation research.

  • Awardees will be reimbursed up to $1,250USD for conference registration, reasonable travel and accommodation; receipts will be required as evidence of purchase.
  • While Doctoral students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for both the Doctoral Consortium and the IBM PwD Student Award, the two awards cannot be combined.


This award is open to any Doctoral candidate at a University or other Higher Education institution, AND who is carrying out research that is directly relevant to the accessibility and usability of the Web, Mobiles, and Wearables. While early stage doctoral students are prioritised, Masters students doing exceptional accessibility research and planning to go for a PhD in this area will be considered. We particularly encourage applicants from under-represented parts of the world.

Submission requirements

Email the following documents to

  • A two-page paper outlining your research, its novelty originality, and its anticipated impact. The paper should comply with the templates provided by the ACM at the W4A submission page. It may include limited references.
  • A letter of support from your research supervisor, confirming your position and research area (to ensure that applications are from bona fide researchers)
  • A completed application form including personal details.

You will receive an acknowledgement email on successful receipt of your application. Papers will be included in the W4A 2015 proceedings published at the ACM DL.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions will be carefully reviewed by a panel judges. Submissions will be evaluated on the following quality factors:

  • Compliance with submission requirements and elegibility criteria.
  • Relevance of research to the W4A conference topics.
  • Awareness of the field and the state of technology.
  • Originality and potential impact of your research.

For the sake of openness, the judges will assess the submission using this review form.


  • Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country
  • Shadi Abou-Zhara, W3C WAI
  • Myriam Arrue, University of the Basque Country
  • Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine
  • Carlos Duarte, University of Lisbon
  • Voula Gkatzidou, Brunel University
  • Steve Green, Teesside University
  • Simon Harper, University of Manchester
  • Elaine Pearson, Teesside University
  • David Sloan, The Paciello Group
  • Konstantinos Votis, CERTH
  • Yeliz Yesilada, Middle East Technical University


If you have any questions relating to the submission process, please email

The Wearable Web

May 18-20, 2015 - Florence, Italy

Important dates
» March 4 — notifications
» March 13 — camera ready deadline
» April 1 — early registration ends


Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 to the best technical and communication papers

Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the W4A Doctoral Consortium

IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the PwD Student Award

The Paciello Group will give the Judges' and Delegates' awards to the winners of the Accessibility Challenge

ACM SIGWEB sponsors the after-dinner "William Loughborough" keynote

ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial