Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The 2018 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Application period is now open - proposals are due by August 16, 2017. Click here to download the 2018 Request for Proposals.

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

View a video of Ramana Nanda, 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal recipient, 2010 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow, and 2006 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, discussing his Kauffman-funded dissertation, "Essays in Entrepreneurial Finance."

Since its establishment in 2003, the KDF has supported 208 dissertations on various topics related to entrepreneurship from a wide range of disciplines while maintaining an overall high quality of research.

This program helps launch the careers of emerging world-class entrepreneurship scholars, who have gone on to find positions in top-tier universities, research arms of federal agencies, and private industry, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. The findings generated by this effort will be translated into knowledge with immediate application for policymakers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs as well as high-quality academic research.

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation to aid the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. The other two programs are the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research awards and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.