Kauffman Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2017 Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants

 Grants of $20,000 each to be awarded to 20 doctoral scholars

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 1, 2016 - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today that the 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted now through Aug. 17, 2016. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

This competitive fellowship is open to students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, and is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals, as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertations by the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year.

While dissertations can be written on any topic of importance to entrepreneurship, the Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

Graduate students interested in applying for the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can find the Request for Proposals online at http://www.kauffman.org/kdf. All proposals must be submitted via the online application by 5:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Please direct all questions to kdf@kauffman.org.

Recipients may use the grant to pay for costs associated with their dissertation, including data collection and analysis, databases, specialized hardware/software, course buyouts and travel.

The KDF is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation as part of Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars (formerly Kauffman Emerging Scholars), an initiative that aids the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. More information on the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars can be found here.