August 6rd is the Deadline for Submissions for MSI's
2009 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition
The Marketing Science Institute (MSI) is pleased to announce our annual Alden G. Clayton dissertation proposal competition, designed to identify the best doctoral dissertation proposals on important marketing subjects. Submissions must be received by August 6, 2009. 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. More information and a list of past winners is available in the awards section of the MSI website at
How to Enter
* The competition is open to doctoral students worldwide. Candidates for the doctorate in marketing and related fields (e.g., psychology, economics, management, strategy, etc.) are eligible. Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude consideration for this award.
* Submissions in Word or PDF format must be received by August 6, 2009. Submissions received after this date cannot be considered.
* The dissertation must be less than 50% completed at the time of submission. Your thesis advisor/chair must submit a letter approving your submission and certifying that your dissertation was no more than 50% completed at the time of submission.
* Maximum submission length is 25 double-spaced pages, inclusive of all tables/exhibits and references. The first page should be a brief, self-contained summary of the proposal.
* For blind reviewing purposes, remove any identifying information (name, school, etc.) from the proposal. Include a separate Word or PDF document containing detailed contact information for you and your thesis advisor/chair.
* In your proposal, 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.
* Winner(s) will be announced in November.
Prominent 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. Research design aspects will play a particularly important role in the evaluation process.
Email submissions to:
Ross Rizley, Research Director
Marketing Science Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: (617) 491-2060