ISM Academic Research Support Program - Phase 1

Phase 1: The ISM Dissertation Research Grant

Phase Overview:

This phase extends the long-running ISM Dissertation Grant Program, encouraging competitively selected doctoral students interested in supply management to develop and complete their dissertation research in supply management or closely related topics. ISM intends to support up to four (4) dissertations each year at up to $12,000 each. On occasion when competition between grant proposals is intense, ISM upon recommendation from the Education Resource Committee will split the fourth grant to support one additional student.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2014

Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Verify that the applicant's university has accepted the proposal (letter)

  2. Verify the applicant's academic status meets grant requirements (transcript)

  3. Does the research problem suggest the completed dissertation will have value for the profession?

  4. Evaluate the proposal:
    1. Completeness of the proposal:
      1. Does the problem statement suggest value for the common body of knowledge if properly completed?
      2. Do the literature review and bibliography support the project and suggest that the project has merit?
      3. Has the most appropriate research method been selected to provide the process to answer the research question(s) and provide theoretical framing?
    2. Additional evidence of potential success:
      1. Prior publications
      2. Strength of the letters of recommendation
  5. The fact that an applicant's dissertation is well underway has little merit. Each applicant has three years from the date of the award to complete the grant.
Application Procedures:
  1. Letter of application, signed by the candidate, which includes the following information:
    1. The date candidate has completed doctoral courses.
    2. The date candidate has taken doctoral exams.
    3. The date candidate expects to receive the doctoral degree.
  2. Official transcripts from the candidate's current university. Only one official transcript needs to be submitted.

  3. Proposal abstract, maximum 25 pages, including a literature search and a research design. The proposal must specifically discuss:
    1. Problem statement or hypothesis
    2. Research methodology, including data sources, collection, and analysis
    3. Significance/value of the research in supply management
  4. A letter from the candidate's major advisor, stating that the final research dissertation proposal has been officially approved by his/her doctoral committee.

  5. Three letters of recommendation (one letter may serve as the letter requested in #4 above) from professors or administrators familiar with the applicant's research capabilities. The letters should be sealed independently within the application package.

  6. A curriculum vitae, which may include a list of research in progress, accomplishments in academe, honors, awards and relevant work experience.

  7. Mail to: ISM Doctoral Grant Program
    c/o Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., CPSM, C.P.M.
    Institute for Supply Management
    2055 East Centennial Circle
    Tempe, AZ 85284

    Application Deadline: March 3, 2014

ISM's doctoral grant program (Phase 1) is listed in the following publications:

  • Annual Register of Grant Support™, A Directory of Funding Sources, published by Information Today, Inc.

  • The Grants Register, published by Palgrave Macmillan.