The IDDEAS Program creates a scholarly community for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who can benefit from Wharton’s outstanding faculty and resources. We welcome students from institutions around the country and a broad range of academic disciplines and interests.
We seek to attract the best and the brightest students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who bring new perspectives and encourage innovative thought in academic business research. One of our goals for our IDDEAS Scholars is to help them build individual road maps that will prepare them for a successful application process for doctoral education.
The host of the IDDEAS Program, the Wharton Doctoral Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the premiere business PhD Programs in the world, offering studies in nine areas: Accounting, Applied Economics, Ethics & Legal Studies, Finance, Health Care Management & Economics, Management, Marketing, Operations, Information & Decisions, and Statistics.
Is IDDEAS for you?
We encourage applicants from groups who are underrepresented on college faculties and in business research, especially women and members of the following minority populations: Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander are encouraged to apply.
Ideal candidates are:
- Current college sophomores, juniors, or seniors with strong quantitative skills and academic records
- Able to provide a strong academic recommendation from an advisor or faculty member knowledgeable about their experience or interest in research and/or teaching (Note: Extensive research experience is not a requirement.)
- Seeking a career that involves exploring, investigating, researching, studying and examining relevant economic and related social issues
- Considering a career as a college business professor and/or academic researcher
IDDEAS scholars are students from a wide range of institutions including the schools below.
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Loyola University Maryland
New York University
Paul Quinn College
Saint Joseph’s University
Savannah State University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Georgia
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of New Mexico
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rochester
University of Virginia