International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE)

Dissertation Proposal Competition

Sponsored by CHRIE FutureFund™

Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: 24 May 2023

We invite doctoral candidates to submit your dissertation proposal to the inaugural ICHRIE Dissertation Proposal Competition. This competition is intended to support the dissertation research of doctoral candidates. Based on double blind reviews by experienced referees, five winners will be chosen. The winners will be invited to present their dissertation proposals in a workshop on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at the annual ICHRIE Conference held in Phoenix, AZ. During the workshop, winners will receive detailed feedback from a panel of respected scholars who act as final judges for the competition. The 3-hour workshop also provides an opportunity to interact with a small group of future colleagues. 

In order for their dissertation proposals to be considered for this competition, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The applicant’s dissertation must address a phenomenon that is of importance to the field of hospitality and tourism and have potential applicability to hospitality and tourism practice.
  2. Applicants must be in good standing in a doctoral program in hospitality and tourism or a closely related field.
    • Must be full-time doctoral students;
    • Must be doctoral candidates (passed candidacy exam)
  3. The applicant must be a member of the ICHRIE (Graduate student membership is available at $25).
  4. Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation advisor prior to application. A statement from a faculty advisor is needed showing that the student’s proposed research design has been deemed acceptable.
  5. Applicants who will have defended their dissertation by the conference are ineligible.
  6. No part of the dissertation or dissertation proposal may be accepted for publication, provisionally or otherwise, at an academic journal prior to submission for this competition.

We encourage all eligible doctoral candidates who are studying topics related to hospitality and tourism management to submit summaries of their dissertation proposals. Dissertation proposals addressing issues related to any aspect of hospitality and tourism management are welcome. 

Submissions should meet the following formatting criteria: (add the following documents)

  1. CV

  2. A cover page indicating the paper title, name of the submitter, his/her institutional affiliation, current mailing address, email address, and phone number. The name, email address, and phone number of the dissertation advisor should also be provided.
  3. Letter of Support: A statement from the applicant’s dissertation advisor. This statement is limited to a maximum of 3 pages (single spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) and should address all of the following:
    • Verification that the above eligibility criteria are met and that the applicant’s Summary of the Dissertation Research accurately depicts the approved dissertation.
    • The relevance of the student’s project to hospitality and tourism theory and practice.
    • The student’s unique contributions to the project.
    • An evaluation of the student’s research progress to date and the student’s plans of work and timetable. Also include:
    • when the student advanced to candidacy
    • tentative completion date of the dissertation
  1. 100-word Abstract. (Addfew keywords that will aid in identifying reviewers)
  2. Proposal summary of the dissertation research. Proposal summaries must be no longer than 4,000 words (in 12-point font with 1-inch margins). Up to 7 additional pages containing references and exhibits may be included. References may be single-spaced.
    • Summary of the dissertation research should include: a statement of the problem, the theoretical basis used to examine the problem, an overview of the research methodology, and a discussion of the value of the project to the literature as well as to hospitality and tourism practitioners.
  3. Timetable with target dates for the completion of project segments and for the defense of the dissertation

Judging Criteria:

Dissertation proposals will be judged based on innovativeness, meaningfulness, soundness of theory, methodological and conceptual rigor, potential contribution to the field of hospitality and tourism, and quality of writing. It is permissible, but not necessary, to include preliminary results in your submission.

Recognition of ICHRIE Dissertation Proposal Competition Winners:

  • The winners of the Dissertation Proposal Competition will be announced and the awards will be presented at the ICHRIE annual conference.
  • The awards will be sponsored by CHRIE FutureFund™
    • All five winners will each receive $1000 (USD) to support travel (e.g., airfare), accommodation (e.g., hotel), ICHRIE membership, and registration to attend the 2023 Annual ICHRIE Summer conference.
      To take advantage of the prize, attendance at the in-person workshop is required.
    • Following the ICHRIE conference, the winning dissertation proposals and the respective authors will also be announced via ICHRIE’s social media pages, the ICHRIE website, and wherever possible to promote the authors’ accomplishment.

Submission Procedure:

Applications must be received by 24 May, 2023 (23:59 PT). Dissertation proposal summaries that do not meet the formatting criteria will be returned to students without review. 

Please follow the instructions for submitting your proposal. A couple of important things to note:

STEP 1: Upload proposal

STEP 2: Email following information to Dr. Priyanko Guchait and Dr. Jenna Lee (emails list below)


If you require further information and/or assistance, please contact:

Dr. Priyanko Guchait
University of Houston
[email protected]


Dr. Seung Hyun (Jenna) Lee
East Carolina University
[email protected]



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