Save the dates: June 4-6, 2024

The 2024 Supply Chain Research Summit program committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the best PhD dissertation proposal.

CARISCA will recognize a winner and two runner-ups with a certificate and stipend at the 2024 summit, “Africa’s Supply Chain Resilience for Economic Transformation,” June 4-6. The dissertation committee will also provide feedback on submissions upon request.

The PhD Dissertation Competition session at CARISCA’s Supply Chain Research Summit is intended to showcase the best logistics and supply chain management PhD research projects being carried out in African higher education institutions.


We invite submissions from doctoral researchers whose primary affiliation is with a university or higher education institution in Africa and whose research is in logistics and supply chain management.

Applicants must have at least defended their doctoral proposals by the time of the conference. Entries are also invited from candidates close to the final submission or defense of their thesis.

Proposals are welcome from all African countries, including Francophone and Anglophone countries, but the proposals should be submitted in English.

Submission Deadline:

Competition is now closed.

Submission Criteria

  • The candidate must be the primary owner of the study.
  • The topic of the PhD research must be focused on logistics and supply chain management.
  • The candidate’s primary affiliation must be to a university or other higher education institution in Africa.
  • Abstracts-only submissions will not be accepted for the session.
  • If selected as a finalist, you must register for the summit and be ready to give a presentation of your research, in English, either in person or virtually.

Submission Requirements

  1. Submissions must be made online as a single PDF file.
  2. Submissions should be between 5-10 pages long (12-point font, single-spaced).
  3. Submissions must include the candidate’s curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 pages of the 5-10 page limit).
  4. Proposals should cover the overall motivation of the study, literature area, research questions, potential contributions, methodology, results (if available), and potential managerial and policy implications for Africa.
  5. Candidates may also include related additional materials to accompany their submissions (e.g., conference papers, published papers, working papers).


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