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Closed call 2023-08-15: Participation Future Digileaders ’23

Future Digileaders is an event for selected early career researchers interested in the broad area of digitalization. The event includes an intimate career workshop with talks, panels, and sincere discussions. We will cover professional development and provide opportunities to meet inspiring role models and network with each other. This year, it will be held onsite at the Digital Futures hub in Stockholm on October 17, 2023. In this event, you will listen to the successful experience and insights, have in-depth discussions and get mentorship from established leaders – see the program for Future Digileaders.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend the event physically at Digital Futures in Stockholm, with travel and accommodation covered. Digital Futures will book and cover the cost of travel (economy fare) and accommodation (budget hotel). We especially welcome participants from diverse backgrounds and look forward to seeing many women applicants.

Future Digileaders is a part of Digitalize in Stockholm 2023, an annual conference and meeting place for global thought leaders and rising stars engaged in transformation through digitalization in academia, industry, government and civil society held on October 18 and 19, 2023. The Digileaders will also be able to take an active role in the Digitalize in Stockholm conference, promoting interactions with researchers and industry players.

After these events, we expect that the Future Digileaders will:

  • gain insights into the joys and struggles of becoming and being faculty, and awareness of a broad range of career paths and strategies one can choose from
  • have shaped values and practices that should be promoted in a good research environment
  • establish new connections to research and industry leaders and a network of international peers
  • understand the potential of digitalization research in a broader societal context, a peek into different areas of digitalization research, as well as knowledge about state-of-the-art research challenges and advancements


Eligibility: We welcome applications from early-career researchers who have obtained their PhD degree no earlier than 2018, or are expected to graduate no later than 2024. The eligibility window can be extended by career breaks, such as parental / adoption leave, long-term illness, or national service during or after PhD studies.

Applicants are expected to be interested in pursuing an academic career in digitalization, especially related to research themes trio Trust – Learn – Cooperate. These themes encompass basic as well as applied research in areas including, but not limited to, security and privacy, human-technology interaction, systems and data science, artificial intelligence, robotics, networking, or communication and control.

Extended Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 15 August 2023, AoE (anywhere on earth).

Application material merged into a single pdf should contain the following:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Link to a google scholar profile or a list of publications
  • Brief (max. 300 words) answer to the question: “If you could choose freely, what research would you do for digitalization?”

Apply here:

While submitting your application, you must provide author information, title, and keywords. As the title, please use the (tentative) title of your PhD thesis, and select keywords that best characterize your research area.

Selection: We aim to select a diverse and dynamic group of 30-50 Digileaders based on the application materials.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: 7 August 15 August 2023, 23:59 AoE
  • Acceptance notification: 21 August 2023
  • Event: October 17, 2023. The program is planned for 12:00 to 18:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Further details about the event will be updated along the year on the website:

Organising Committee

Chair & Contact: Qianwen Xu, KTH,

Contact Qianwen Xu, KTH,, for further questions. Please include “Future Digileaders” in the subject of your mail.