Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program (KDFP) was an annual competitive program that awarded 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.

From 2003–2013, the KDFP received more than a thousand proposals, ultimately supporting 153 dissertations on various topics related to entrepreneurship from a wide range of disciplines while maintaining an overall high quality of research.

This program helped 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 Program was 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.

FAQs regarding the concluding of the KDFP:

How does this affect current recipients of the Fellowship? 

Current Fellows will continue their Fellowships and continue to receive the full funding of the Fellowship.

Will the Kauffman Foundation support graduate students studying entrepreneurship? 

The Kauffman Foundation has in conjunction with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program supported various doctoral consortia and workshops for graduate students in entrepreneurship and plans to continue to broadly support these programs.

Will the Kauffman Foundation consider funding my dissertation directly?

The Kauffman Foundation has a general grants solicitation process. Research grant proposals through universities are eligible to be submitted through this process. Guidelines concerning submitting grants via this process may be found at our Grants section.

What does this mean for other Kauffman Foundation research grant programs? 

This information pertains only to the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. Other grant programs and grants will continue to operate as stated in their announcement documents.