Fifth Annual COLE Dissertation Proposal Competition

Fifth Annual COLE Dissertation Proposal Competition
(Submission Deadline – May 15, 2013)

Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) is accepting applications for its 5th annual dissertation proposal competition.  The competition is opened to doctoral candidates whose research contributes to the understanding of leadership and ethical issues facing the business community.  Proposals will be judged on the contribution that they make to the scholarly understanding of ethical and leadership issues in business as well as on their theoretical and methodological quality. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium. 


Candidates in all business disciplines and in those relating to social and political sciences are invited to apply. All candidates should have successfully defended their dissertation proposal by May 15, 2013 (Final defense of dissertation itself must occur after this date). Application deadline is May 15, 2013.  Interested candidates should submit the required application materials electronically to

Required Materials:

  • A completed application form
  • Full dissertation proposal
  • An extended 5-page abstract of the proposal
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of recommendation from Dissertation Advisor

Please note: Dissertation Advisor should send letter to the Center on Leadership and Ethics, Attn: COLE Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708.

For more information about the competition including sample topics, visit the COLE website.  Questions about the Competition and/or the application process should be directed to Tejumade Ajasa, COLE Assistant Director.  

Thank You,

Kim Wade-Benzoni
Associate Professor of Management, Fuqua School of Business
COLE Scholar & Committee Chair



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