Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship

April 2 – 3, 2020

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 Emory University, Harvard, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Duke University, INSEAD, University of Indiana and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Application Deadline:

January 17, 2020

The application for 2020 IDDEAS@Wharton will open on November 1, 2019.

IDDEAS@Stanford will be held November 14-15, 2019. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2019. Learn more here. 

IDDEAS@Kellogg/Booth co-hosted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will be held October 10-11, 2019. Learn more here. 

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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Thursday, April 2 – Friday, April 3, 2020


The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

“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, Associate Director of Wharton Doctoral Programs

Phone: 215.898.4878