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Alden G. Clayton Competition

Deadline: August 7, 2017 (This competition is now closed) 


The Marketing Science Institute is pleased to announce our annual Alden G. Clayton dissertation proposal competition. The competition is open to qualified doctoral students worldwide who are working on research questions with important marketing, societal, and policy implications. Submissions must be received no later than Monday, August 7, 2017 through the MSI online submittable portal (see link below). MSI will grant up to five awards, and each winner will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $5,000. Honorable mention awards may also be granted. Awards for 2017 will be announced in January 2018.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students should be candidates for the doctorate in marketing and related fields (e.g., psychology, economics, management, strategy, etc.).

  • The dissertation work must be less than 50% completed at the time of submission. The thesis advisor/chair must submit a letter approving the submission and certifying that the dissertation was no more than 50% completed at the time of submission (found in requirements below).

  • Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude consideration for this award.

Instructions for submission:

  • For blind reviewing purposes, please remove any identifying information (name, school, etc.) from the proposal document and remove any metadata.

  • Please enter a valid email address for your thesis adviser/chair so they are able to upload their letter properly.

  • Proposals should include a brief statement of the problem area to be researched, relevant theory and hypotheses, the methodology and analyses to be employed, and a brief indicative bibliography. Comment also on the managerial relevance of the expected results.

  • Maximum submission length is 20 double-spaced pages, inclusive of all tables/exhibits and references. The first page should be a brief, self-contained summary of the proposal.

Experienced marketing academics will judge submissions on their potential contribution to business and academia, quality of the conceptual development, feasibility, and appropriateness of methodology, and creativity.

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