Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program 2015

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program 2015

Deadline: September 10, 2014

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2014-2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. This is an annual competitive program that awards up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $15,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

This initiative will help launch a cohort of world-class scholars into this young and exciting field, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. We hope that the findings generated by this effort will be translated into knowledge with immediate application for policy makers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs.


  • Ph.D., D.B.A., or other students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship grant.
  • This program is intended for students who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposal as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals.
  • It is expected that applicants will complete the dissertation by the conclusion of the 2015–2016 academic year.
  • Grants will not be distributed until doctoral candidates have received their institution’s approval for the dissertation proposal.


  • Proposals submitted to the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program must address research issues of theoretical and practical importance to the domain of entrepreneurship.
  • While dissertations can be written on any topic of importance to entrepreneurship, for the 2014–2015 cycle, the Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics, human capital dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, and programmatic research (research that investigates and uses data from entrepreneurship programs such as accelerators, training programs, etc.).

For more information, visit Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program.