Celebrating 20 Years of Success

Our goal when founding in 1994 was to diversify the corporate boardroom by diversifying the role models in front of the classroom. Having more than quadrupled the number of minority business professors in the U.S., we have made tremendous strides toward that goal.

These two decades have been an evolution and a journey for us, for the nearly 350 minority doctoral students we are helping to pursue their dreams, the more than 1,200 minority business professors who have earned their doctoral degrees, and the immeasurable number of students who have benefited from their knowledge, mentoring and guidance. The resulting achievements could not have been possible without the tremendous ongoing support from our sponsoring companies, participating universities and organizations, and supply alliance members. We invite you to explore the journey we all have taken and celebrate the boundless promise for the future of Corporate America.

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Pivotal Highlights and Achievements

Below are some milestone years in the journey of The PhD Project. Select a year to find out what happened.



Investing in Diversity: The PhD Project Funding Organizations

The PhD Project is proud to have a diverse array of funders which includes some of America's largest corporations, foundations and academic organizations.

"Our funders have proven their commitment to diversity by supporting The PhD Project," said Bernard J. Milano, The PhD Project’s founder and President of the KPMG Foundation, the creator and lead funder of the program. "Through our partnership, we are making a real difference for students and the business world as a whole. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their continued support."

To see a full list of our funders, click here. To learn more about their efforts related to The PhD Project, please read the articles below:

AACSB and The PhD Project: Tackling The Shortage of Business School Professors

AICPA and The PhD Project: Attracting Diversity to the Accounting Profession

Citi and The PhD Project: Moving Diversity Forward

GMAC and The PhD Project

KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project: Giving Back


Interested in The PhD Project?

Become involved in the significant transformation The PhD Project is creating in the academic and corporate world, as a doctoral student, professor, participating university, or supporting orgnization. Learn more by visiting the links on the left.