Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowships: Top Scholars Wanted

2016 KJFF CFN coverWith holiday breaks coming up, this is a great time to nominate a deserving colleague, peer, or friend for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). While the nomination period is open for about a month and a half more, as soon as a nomination is submitted the nominee can begin to work on his or her application.

The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship. Each Fellow’s university will receive a grant of $35,000 over two years to support the research activities of the Fellow. 

Since 2008, the Kauffman Foundation has awarded almost 40 Junior Faculty Fellowships to up-and-coming assistant professors in entrepreneurship.

Here are a few recent accomplishments by some of our Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellows:

  • Heidi WilliamsHeidi Williams (KJFF 2014) was awarded the prestigious 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Williams received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and became an NBER fellow in 2010. She studies innovation in health care markets. Through Kauffman funding, she has studied how patents shape research investments in new technologies, how patents affect follow-on research, and patents and rent-sharing.

  • Rob SeamansRob Seamans (KJFF 2013) was appointed to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Seamans specializes in innovation, technology and industrial organization. He is on leave from New York University, where he works as an Associate Professor in the Stern School of Business.

    Aaron "Ronnie" ChatterjiAaron Chatterji (KJFF 2009), an associate professor at Duke University, also served in this position from 2010-2011. Chatterji’s research and teaching focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the expanding social mission of business.

  • Andrew NelsonAndrew Nelson (KJFF 2009), recently released a book through the MIT Press entitled The Sound of Innovation: Stanford and the Computer Music Revolution and gave a TEDx talk on innovation at the University of Oregon. Nelson’s research explores how organizational context shapes the development and commercialization of technological innovations. His ongoing research projects focus on the fields of digital music, information technology, green (sustainable) chemistry, and biotechnology. Nelson is Associate Professor of Management; Academic Director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship; and Bramsen Faculty Fellow in innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business.

To nominate an eligible candidate, complete the nomination form here by Tuesday, January 19, 2016.


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