The Strategy Research Foundation (SRF) of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) announces the 2022 Will Mitchell Dissertation Research Grant (WMDRG) Program. This program aims to support doctoral student dissertation research in the field of strategic management. Proposals should describe original research that is required for the award of a research doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent). This grant program is named in honor of Professor Will Mitchell to recognize his contributions to the SMS and the education of doctoral students in strategic management.
The WMDRG funds are intended to supplement other financial resources available to students and to support elements of their research that enhance the quality, expand the scope, augment the research design, or in some other way enrich their dissertation projects.
2022 Strategy Research Foundation Programs
Past Grant Recipients
See who has previously received funding from the SRF by visiting the Grants Awarded page! You can view the proposal titles that earned the awards, as well.
Beginning in 2022, SMS has renamed this Grant Funding Program the Will Mitchell Dissertation Research Grant Program to honor the dedicated scholar that passed away in December 2021. An enthusiastic member of the field, Will Mitchell was committed supporting doctoral students and promoting research in strategic management. This grant funding program aligns with those objectives, supporting research that can have substantive impact.
Target Applicant: A full-time student studying strategic management in a research doctoral program at an accredited institution. Ideal applicants are at the dissertation stage with 2-3 years remaining at the time of application.
Funding & Key Terms: Grants of up to US$10,000 to support direct dissertation research expenses such as data collection that are required for completion of the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent). No institutional overhead or researcher stipends will be covered.
The SRF recognizes that dissertation program structures vary but suggests that applicants will have completed at least half of their home institution’s program requirements, including preliminary or qualifying requirements (such as coursework, comprehensive examinations/research proposal defense) prior to submitting an application. Ideal applicants will be sufficiently advanced in their doctoral programs to have well-defined dissertation plans and early enough in the execution of their dissertation work to benefit from the support of dissertation expenses and the SRF Dissertation Scholars Workshop that will be held during the first year of the grant period. Previous recipients of SRF WMDRG program funds are not eligible to apply for additional funds.
All SRF grants aim to support research that has not been undertaken. Thus, completed work is not eligible for funding.
Financial support will cover direct research and data collection expenses (e.g., purchase of data or subscriptions to databases, surveys and respondent incentives, and interviews of research subjects and related travel) as well as travel expenses for participation in SRF Scholar activities at the 2023 and 2024 SMS Annual Conferences (capped at US$2,000 in total). Research activities with funding limits include: Research Assistance (capped at US$4,000); Transcription Services (capped at US$4,000). Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to: compensation for the Scholar’s time, purchases of software or equipment, copyediting and other expenses associated with the dissertation document, university overhead, tuition and other personal expenses, and expenses for conference travel, except as noted above. Determination of eligible and ineligible expenses rests with the SRF.
When a proposal is accepted for funding, the SRF will prepare a written agreement that details the responsibilities of both the Scholar and the SRF. Grant funds awarded will be disbursed at the start of the two-year grant period beginning January 1, 2023.
: Dissertation Scholars are expected to provide the following deliverables: periodic update reports, an executive summary of the research findings, a copy of the dissertation, and documentation of the expenses incurred. All Scholars are expected to participate in the SRF Dissertation Scholars Workshop at the 2023 SMS Annual Conference and the SRF Scholars Session at the 2024 SMS Annual Conference. Scholars participating in these activities will receive Annual Conference registration fee waivers.
Proposals are to be submitted through the online submission system. All proposal materials must be in English. A submission consists of the following:
Grant recipients will retain the copyrights to all materials prepared in connection with the funded project. However, it is expected that the SRF will be granted an irrevocable, royalty-free license in perpetuity to use such materials for non-commercial purposes furthering the mission of the SRF. The SRF requires that any publication of the resulting research in articles or other forms includes an acknowledgment that the research was funded in part by the SRF of the Strategic Management Society.
The SRF submission deadline is October 1, 2022. Notification of SRF Will Mitchell Dissertation Scholar Awards will be made by January 1, 2023. Submissions will be reviewed using the following criteria: