Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) was an annual competitive program that awarded 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 from 2003-2018.

From 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 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 left).