Kauffman Foundation Announces 2016 Recipients of Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Aug. 11, 2016 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the recipients of the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Fellows were recognized over the weekend at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The program recognizes 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 several years to support the research activities of the Fellow.  

"Supporting new and emerging scholars studying entrepreneurship helps us identify important new trends in entrepreneurship,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of Research & Policy at the Foundation. “The Fellows’ future research will be translated into knowledge with application for policymakers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs on several topics, including the important effects that local policies have on entrepreneurial activity, how cultural and institutional mechanisms produce gender inequalities in entrepreneurship, and hiring patterns and practices by new companies.”

The 2016 Junior Faculty Fellows, along with their university affiliations, are:

Erik P. Gilje, University of Pennsylvania

Laura Huang, University of Pennsylvania

Amol M. Joshi, Oregon State University

Elena Kulchina, Duke University

Elizabeth Lyons, University of California, San Diego

Mahka Moeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Richard Townsend, University of California, San Diego

The KJFF is one of several programs in the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars initiative, which supports the overall goal of building the field of entrepreneurship research. The initiative, which includes the KJFF, Kauffman Dissertation Fellowships and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, along with doctoral training programs that assist talented emerging scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, encourages scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognizes ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Over the past decade, Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars have gone on to do exceptional work in entrepreneurship and innovation, and have contributed to developing what is now a dynamic field of study. The Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Scholars initiative supports and recognizes achievements at each career level of an academic professional.

Previous research out of this initiative has contributed much of the Kauffman Foundation’s knowledge on emerging topics such as crowdfunding, accelerators and gender issues. Meeting these scholars early on in their careers helps add to our network of entrepreneurial scholars, who together, will continue to build and grow this field of research.

“We look forward to working with these scholars for years to come and seeing how our understanding of entrepreneurship is improved through their research,” said Stangler.

More information about the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research can be found at www.kauffman.org/kjff.