The Strategy Research Foundation (SRF) of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) announces the 2023 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.

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.


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.

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