Call for Dissertation Proposals


Marketing Science Institute announces the 2006 Alden G. Clayton competition for the best doctoral dissertation proposals; Deadline 31 Jul 206

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Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 14:11:53 -0400
From: "Ross Rizley" <>


The Marketing Science Institute is pleased to announce the 2006 Alden G. Clayton competition for the best doctoral dissertation proposals on important marketing subjects. MSI will grant up to five awards, and each winner will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $5,000 designed to aid in the completion of the dissertation.


  • An electronic version of the proposal (Word or PDF format) must be received at MSI by July 31, 2006. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. Maximum length is 25 double-spaced pages including tables/exhibits and references. The first page should be a summary of the proposal.
  • The dissertation must be no more than 50% completed at the time of submission. A letter from the primary thesis advisor approving the submission and certifying that the dissertation is no more than 50% completed must be sent/postmarked by July 31, 2006.
  • For blind reviewing purposes, please omit any identifying information (name, school, etc.) from the proposal itself. Please include with the submission a separate file/hard copy sheet containing name, dissertation title, school, and detailed contact information for both the entrant and his/her thesis advisor(s).
  • Proposals should include a brief statement of the problem area to be researched, relevant theory addressing that problem, hypotheses to be tested, methodology to be employed, analysis to be performed on the data collected, and an indicative bibliography. Attention should also be given to the managerial relevance of the expected results.
  • Entrants must be candidates for the doctorate in marketing or in a related field. The competition is open to doctoral students worldwide. Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude being considered for this award.

Proposals will be judged on importance and potential contribution of the subject to business and academia; quality of conceptual development; feasibility and appropriateness of methodology; and creativity. Research design aspects will play a particularly important role in the evaluation process. Judges will include marketing academics and the executive staff of MSI. Winner(s) will be announced in November.

Proposals and inquiries should be sent to:

Ross Rizley, Research Director, Marketing Science Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5396  Phone: 617 491-2060