Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship 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.

Since its establishment in 2003, the KDF has 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 part of a group of 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. 

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