The Kauffman Foundation established the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research in 2008 to recognize tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. universities who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.
This initiative helped launch world-class scholars into a young and exciting field of research, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. The body of work produced by these fellows has helped establish entrepreneurship as a legitimate field of academic study. The output of this initiative will be translated into knowledge with significant applications for policymakers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs as well as high-quality academic research.
The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship was part of a group of academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation that were consolidated into the Kauffman Knowledge Challenge starting in 2018 (see right).
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.