MSI Clayton Competition 2014


The Marketing Science Institute annual Alden G. Clayton Dissertation Proposal Competition; Deadline 12 Aug 2014

August 12 is the Deadline for Submissions for MSI’s
Clayton Dissertation Proposal Competition


The Marketing Science Institute (MSI) is pleased to announce our annual Alden G. Clayton dissertation proposal competition. The competition is open to qualified doctoral students worldwide. Submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 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. Details are available on the MSI website at

How to Enter

·       Submissions in Word or PDF format must be received by August 12, 2014.

·       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.

·       The dissertation work 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.

·       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.

·       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.

·       Winner(s) will be announced in December.

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.

Email submissions to:

Ross Rizley, Research Director
Marketing Science Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: +1 (617) 491-2060