Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship

Explore the possibility of a PhD in business.

This two-day program seeks to attract a diverse group of promising undergraduate students and introduce them to business research at the doctoral level. Created in 2012, IDDEAS is funded by Wharton Doctoral Programs and the Office of the Dean of the Wharton School. The goal of this program is to support and encourage student and faculty diversity.

Ideal candidates for IDDEAS Scholars are current college sophomores, juniors, or seniors with strong quantitative skills and academic records. Candidates must provide a strong academic recommendation from an advisor or faculty member knowledgeable about their experience or interest in research and/or teaching.

IDDEAS Scholars have gone on to enter top business doctoral programs including Boston University, Cornell, Duke, Emory University, Harvard, INSEAD, NYU, Princeton, Purdue, Stanford, University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Boulder, UC San Diego, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, University of Pennsylvania, Yale.

IDDEAS is also hosted at IDDEAS@Kellogg/Booth , IDDEAS@Stanford, and IDDEAS@MITSloan. 

2023 IDDEAS@Wharton Application Now Closed

The application for 2023 IDDEAS@Wharton is now closed. The application for 2024 IDDEAS@Wharton will open in November 2023.

The Details


  • Learn about doctoral-level research.
  • Gain advice about graduate school opportunities and insights on the application process.
  • Discuss careers in university teaching and research.
  • Take a master class from world-renowned Wharton faculty.


Our two-day agenda gives you many opportunities to meet and interact with current doctoral students and faculty.

See what life as a PhD student looks like and get a 360 view of business research at the doctoral level.

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April 2024


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“I loved my experience at IDDEAS! It helped me decide I wanted to pursue academic economics. I am looking forward to beginning graduate school at the University of Oxford next fall!”

-2015 IDDEAS Scholar

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Have Questions?

Get in touch with Maggie Saia, Director, Wharton Doctoral Programs

Phone: 215.898.4878