The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) has been 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. The fellowship is being stopped after 2018, as the Foundation's efforts are now being consolidated into the Kauffman Knowledge Challenge (see right).
Since its establishment in 2003, the KDF supported 208 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 is 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 were the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research awards and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.
After listening to researchers, entrepreneurs and those who support entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation has updated its approach to the way it seeks information from research.
The Kauffman Knowledge Challenge: Insight to Impact supports activities aimed at improving our basic understanding about entrepreneurs and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States.
The goal of the Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy design, ecosystem builders and researchers.
With this new approach, previous programs including the Dissertation Fellowship, Junior Faculty Fellowship and the Kauffman Prize Medal will be consolidated into the Knowledge Challenge.
Stay up-to-date when RFPs or call for nominations are posted. Only students or professors at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education are eligible for these fellowships.