Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Request for Proposals is now available. Click here to download the RFP. Applications are due Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

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 received more than a thousand proposals and supported 188 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.