Who Should Attend

The IDDEAS Program creates a scholarly community for undergraduate students across 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.
Institutions Represented
Alumni Entering PhD Program
Undergraduate Majors
Countries Represented

We seek to attract the best and the brightest students from varied 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. All interested applicants should 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

Participating Schools

IDDEAS scholars are students from a wide range of institutions including the schools below.

Baylor University

Benedict College

Cheyney University

College of William and Mary

Colorado State University

Concordia University

Cornell University

Duke University

Georgia Gwinnett College

Harvard University

Howard University

Huston-Tillotson University

Indiana University

Loyola University Maryland

Macalester College

Morgan Sate University

New York University

Paul Quinn College

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic University

Saint Joseph’s University

Savannah State University

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College

Temple University

Texas A&M University

Texas Tech University

University of Arizona

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

University of South Alabama