Request for Proposals: AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Hosts

Matt Weingarden
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Institutions seeking to host the 2020 AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium should send a formal proposal to Anders Gustafsson, AMA Academic Council President-Elect Designate by January 15, 2018


Thank you for considering contributing to our discipline by sponsoring and hosting the AMA-Sheth Doctoral Consortium​. The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is a premier event that holds a special place in the life and history of our discipline. Typically held in early summer, this event introduces Ph.D. students to state-of-the-art perspectives and involves students in discussion of emerging themes in our profession. Thought leaders are invited to interact with and provide a stimulating experience for doctoral candidates as they launch their careers. Life-long professional relationships often develop through the Consortium. 

If your school would like to host and sponsor this event in 2020, the Academic Council of the AMA will accept proposals until January 15, 2018.

The Consortium typically lasts for 3½ - 4 days, arriving at the host university on Wednesday and departing on Sunday; potential host schools can propose alternative lengths or timing, within reason. 

Proposals for the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium should include the following documents accompanied by a cover letter with the proposed chair's (or co-chairs) contact information

  • Objectives/Theme of the Consortium (Design theme to complement overall consortium purpose

  • Proposed event dates 

  • Proposed Special Features of the Program (Unique Social Events, Plenary Sessions, etc)  

  • Academic environment and facilities overview the  – details about host institution and overview of housing facilities, session rooms, etc. 

  • Tentative Budget with Sources of Support  

  • Biographical sketches of departmental faculty 

The total cost of the event can vary by institution, but the total cost typically ranges from $190,000 - $200,000. The AMA provides $50,000 of support through the AMA Academic Council as well as additional support via an AMA endowment established through the generosity of the Sheth Foundation (based on average market conditions provides approximately $30,000). In addition, the host may charge a fee to be as high as $550 per student fellow (normally 110 fellows) and $350 per faculty member (normally 90 faculty). Thus, funds from the AMA, AMA Foundation/Sheth Foundation Endowment, and fees total to approximately $160,000 - $170,000 to cover program costs. Examples of external sponsors have included organizations like the Marketing Science Institute and the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ranging between $2,500-$5,000) as well as sponsors from industry that may have some affinity to the host institutions or the associated marketing departments.   

The consortium host institution provides the meeting space and can secure additional sponsorship commitments from its own university and/or corporate sponsors to meet additional costs for lodging, meals and any fees associated with meeting space. Other activities such as receptions and off-site events are at the discretion of the host institution. 

Proposals from universities based in North America have provided a rich history of exceptional Consortia, and will likely continue to represent the majority of proposals.  However, as the discipline has grown, and in order to widen the pool of potential hosts, the Academic Council will consider proposals from outside North America, with increased consideration to proposals that involve collaboration among two (or more) co-host institutions. Examples would include partnerships such as two universities in close geographical proximity (hosting activities across the two campuses) or multiple universities co-sponsoring the event with faculties co-hosting activities that are held on one campus.

Depending upon the strength of the set of proposals, the Academic Council may also award hosts for multiple years.

Please visit to learn more about the doctoral consortium, and recent changes to policies related to nomination and selection of consortium fellows​. The website also features information on recent consortia as well as other historical information.

If you need more information, or would like to submit a proposal please contact: 

Anders Gustafsson
AMA Academic Council
Karlstad University

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