Pre-Doctoral Training Opportunities

For those looking to gain more experience and exposure to business research, there are a broad range of opportunities available for those interested in doctoral education.

  • Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship (IDDEAS) Program – IDDEAS is a two-day program that introduces outstanding undergraduates to the field of business academia and research. The aim of IDDEAS is to create a diverse doctoral student environment and, in turn, a diverse faculty population. IDDEAS is hosted at IDDEAS @ Wharton, IDDEAS @ Stanford and IDDEAS@Kellogg/Booth.
  • PhD Project – expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities helps underrepresented minority individuals pursue PhDs in business areas and become business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders. Annual Conference – The PhD Project Conference is a 2-Day event that takes place annually, each November in Chicago. The conference provides a rare networking and information gathering opportunity for those underrepresented on college campuses interested in pursuing a business Ph.D. to become a business school professor.
  • Stanford GSB Research Fellow Program -This two-year fellowship is designed for individuals wanting to gain valuable training and experience toward a career in academic research before applying to a PhD program in business and related fields.
  • NYU Pre-Doctoral Program – The Stern Pre-Doctoral program is intended to prepare select students to apply to PhD programs in Business, at Stern or elsewhere. The Stern Pre-Doctoral program seeks to promote a diverse, scholarly environment and encourage promising individuals from under-represented or non-typical backgrounds (personal, academic, or employment) to enter the academic profession.
  • Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) – A consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to foster a talented, diverse, and inclusive population in the quantitative social sciences. Consortium members collaborate to prepare Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students for a potential academic career through predoctoral research programs: paid, full-time, post-baccalaureate research positions working directly for faculty, where recent graduates are mentored and prepared for careers in the academy, institutes of policy research, and industry.
  • The Michigan Ross Bridges to Doctoral Fellows Program – The Ross Bridges to Doctoral Fellows Program offers a 12-month, full-time certificate that prepares individuals who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree to successfully transition into full-time doctoral studies. The program is made possible by the University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, which supports students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals who desire pre-doctoral preparation.
  • American Economic Association  Summer and Scholarship Program– Intensive, 2-month residential program. AEASP offers talented undergraduates seriously considering post-graduate studies in economics, the opportunity to develop and solidify their math and other technical skills to enable them to successfully meet the high demands of academically challenging doctoral programs.
  • BYU Ph.D. Prep Program – BYU’s School of Accountancy offers a specialized PhD Prep Track as part of the Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) degree. The program is designed to prepare students to enroll in a Ph.D. program in accounting at another university after finishing their master’s degree.
  • Harvard GSAS Research Scholars -The GSAS Research Scholar Initiative is a non-degree granting post-baccalaureate program that provides mentored research and training for individuals interested in pursuing doctoral studies.
  • Harvard Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) – A 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with HBS faculty. The Program seeks to create a diverse group of Fellows including but not limited to women and underrepresented minorities who are inspired by and are committed to pursuing excellence in business research.
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early – Identification Program– SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs. SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at research institutions across the country. Wharton is a host site of the SR-EIP. Interested applicants can learn more here. 
  • Pathways To Science – Browse 650+ different summer research experiences for undergrads interest in STEM fields.