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DEADLINE : 2015 conference applications are now being accepted. The application deadline is September 30, 2015, 12 midnight EST.

(Please read thoroughly before submitting your application.)

Dear PhD Project Conference Applicant,

By now, you have read About The PhD Project, and understand that it was created in 1994 to improve diversity in the business academic and corporate arena by encouraging African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to earn a business doctorate and become business school professors.

The Project has formed a network of business school deans, faculty members, heads of doctoral programs, current doctoral students and Funders from Corporate America.

Our flagship event is our annual conference for potential doctoral students with all expenses paid by The PhD Project. The 2015 conference will be held November 18-20, 2015 in Chicago.

Registration Policy

If you are selected to attend the conference you will be required to pay a $200 registration fee which will be processed via credit card during the registration process. All travel and conference expenses -- valued at $1,500 per invited attendee for hotel, meals, materials, and transportation -- will paid by The PhD Project. The PhD Project pays for a hotel room to be shared with another participant for the 2 nights during the conference. Participants requesting a single room will be responsible for full payment of the hotel accommodations. Any hotel accommodations beyond this will be the responsibility of the participant. Your investment of the $200 registration fee is non-refundable unless you enter a full-time, AACSB accredited business doctoral program within 3 years of attending the conference.

If you previously attended a PhD Project Conference, you may submit an application to be reviewed, however if you are selected to attend, The PhD Project will only cover hotel costs (shared room with another participant).  You will be required to pay the registration and travel costs.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply to the annual conference, you must be:
  • African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • entering your senior year of college by the time you attend the conference or already possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Annual Conference. The application deadline is September 30, 2015, 12 midnight EST. We wish you great success in the pursuit of your dream.

Apply Now

Bernard J. Milano
President, The PhD Project

P.S. If you still have some doubts about pursuing a Ph.D., be sure to visit FAQ'S and read about some common misconceptions.