Doctoral Student Fellowships

Attention researchers: The Management Education Research Institute (MERInstitute) will not be accepting grant, faculty fellowship, or doctoral student proposals this cycle. Disregard any announcements or deadlines set for 2011, and please accept our apology if this has inconvenienced you in any way. We will post a new message when a new request for proposals is released. —GMAC

About the Program

The Doctoral Student Fellowships Program is designed to support promising doctoral students and beginning faculty pursuing research in areas of admissions, curriculum, career, and outcomes. The MERInstitute offers year-long US$20,000 Doctoral Student Fellowships.

Data from the extensive large-scale data sets gathered through GMAC surveys of prospective graduate management students, current students, alumni, and employers are also available for licensing.


Typical proposal deadlines for this program are in October, but we are not accepting proposals this cycle. The following details are listed for your reference only.

How to Apply

Submit an electronic copy of your proposal and related materials to Contact Rachel Edgington at +1-703-668-9830 with any questions regarding the application or the submission process.

Proposals should include title sheets with the following information:

  • Title of the Research Proposal
  • Investigator Name, Title, and Institution
  • Advisor Name, Title, and Institution
  • Address, including City, State, Zip/Postal Code, and Country
  • Telephone and Email Address

If applicable, also include complete contact information for the university's grant office.

Proposals should be no more than 2,000 words and should include the following information:

  • Abstract
  • Study rationale, including a succinct literature review
  • Methods and procedures for conducting study (If requesting GMAC data, include description of specific data sets needed.)
  • Study outcomes, timelines, and budget (If applicable, indicate any matching funds committed from other funding sources.)

In addition, the following materials should be submitted separate from the application:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Name and contact information of advisor

Only proposals whose objectives include dissertation completion and/or submission of manuscript(s) to refereed professional journals will be considered. Evaluation criteria will include importance of proposed topic, contribution to current research, clarity of hypothesis or objective, strength of methodology and proposed statistical analysis, likelihood of interest by a professional journal, and relevant experience and research record of applicant.

Selection of doctoral student fellowship candidates is based on the following factors:

  • Project fit with GMAC and the MERInstitute mission and research agenda
  • Quality of research design
    • Investigator understanding of the issue
    • Appropriateness of methods
    • Feasibility of schedule and budget
  • Investigator experience/competence to conduct the study
  • Significance and potential of research making an important contribution to management education

Citizens of all nations are encouraged to apply.