Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellows

KJFF FAQs

  • How can I apply for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research?
    Fellowships are considered through nomination only. Once nominated, all nominees must complete an application to be considered for the Fellowship.

  • When can I nominate someone for a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship?
    Fellowship nominations will begin November 13, 2014.

  • Does the nominee need to have a Ph.D.?
    No, candidates may possess a D.B.A. or other doctoral degree equivalent to a Ph.D.

  • Are U.S. citizens serving as junior faculty members at universities outside of the U.S. eligible for this fellowship?
    No. Only junior faculty members of accredited U.S. institutions of higher education are eligible.

  • Can someone nominate more than one person for this fellowship?
    Yes. The nominator may nominate more than one person, but each submission must be made separately per the guidelines outlined on page 4 of this document.

  • Can I nominate myself for this fellowship?
    No.

  • If my dean or department head writes my letter of nomination, does s/he need to write a second letter of support?
    Yes, two letters are required. The first is to nominate the scholar for the Fellowship, and the second is to indicate institutional support for his/her research and is submitted as part of the application process through a unique URL.

  • Does the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship make grants larger than $35,000?
    No. All Fellowships are for $35,000 and are typically payable over two years.

  • Are recipients of the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program, or any other form of Kauffman funding, eligible for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research?
    Yes. As long as all of the other eligibility requirements are met.

  • Does the award include overhead or indirect costs for the applicant's institution?
    No. Kauffman Foundation policy does not permit overhead or indirect costs.

  • Does the nominee need to include a formal budget?
    No, although the professional statement should include a general description of how the funds will be used. Should the nominee receive the Fellowship, a formal budget will be required before distribution of funds.

  • Are only assistant professors eligible for this fellowship?
    No. All nominees, regardless of rank, must have received their doctoral degrees between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013. Both tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible.

  • May a nominee submit co-authored papers as a part of the application?
    Yes, it is preferred that at least one of the two papers submitted should be a single-authored paper.

  • I applied previously but was not selected. May I be nominated/apply again this year?
    Yes, you may be nominated/apply again if you were not previously selected to receive a Fellowship and you still meet all the eligibility criteria.

  • A colleague nominated me for the KJFF program. When may I begin working on my application?
    Nominees who meet criteria will be sent an invitation to apply for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship after their nomination has been received. Applicants will then have until 5:00 Central Time on March 16, 2015 to complete their application.

  • As a nominee, will I receive the reviewer's comments regarding my application?
    Unfortunately the reviewer's comments are not released to nominees.

  • Is there an example of a successful application available?
    No, because of the confidential nature of the contents in the application, this information cannot be disseminated.

  • As a nominee, will I receive the reviewer's comments regarding my application?
    Unfortunately the reviewer's comments are not released to nominees.

  • My research is already being supported by another fellowship. Am I still eligible to apply even though my research is already being funded by another fellowship/grant/etc.?
    Yes. The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program. Funds from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation can be used in conjunction with other sources of funding.