CIBER PhD Student Research Grant: Call for Proposals

The Smith School CIBER seeks to fund Ph.D. research that advances our understanding of the international context in which business is conducted. We are particularly interested in research proposals that align with the congressionally mandated CIBER mission of contributing to: (a) the internationalization of business disciplines, and/or (b) the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses. We would welcome proposals on international themes from any of the business functional areas.

We solicit proposals from doctoral students at an advanced stage in the program. Proposals should include (1) a short description of the proposed research (maxiumum 2-3 pages), (2) a budget or description of how funds will be used, and (3) a letter of support from a faculty member in the student's department. Please specify whether the grant would support dissertation research. The funds may be used for any research related purpose, including travel, data  purchase, and summer salary support. Please note however that funds may not be used to support travel to international conferences.

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee. The main criteria are analytical rigor, relevance, and potential for impact. It is required that award recipients submit a progress report by September 30, 2017, to enable us to adhere to reporting requirements for the U.S. Department of Education. Further publications should acknowledge support from CIBER and from the U.S. Department of Education.

Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017
Award Notification: March 30, 2017
Maximum Amount: $4,000
Number of awards: One

Please send your proposal (in a single PDF document) to Ms. Marina Augoustidis, Assistant Director of CIBER (, copying Dr. Kislaya Prasad (


The Smith School CIBER supports research that promotes the international competitiveness of American businesses and strengthens the international aspects of business and professional education. In particular, it supports research on emerging markets, which will be critical to America's future. To this end, CIBER provides faculty and PhD students with research grants.

In 2014, CIBER supported research for two PhD candidates:

Jorge Mejia from the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies department. His work focuses on the entrepreneur’s pre-entry and incubator experience on the outcome of their firms; and,

Bryan Stroube from the Management and Organization Department. His research looks at markets as cultural phenomena, especially in China.

In 2013, CIBER supported five faculty members and PhD students with summer research awards:

Wilbur Chung, “Agglomeration, Congestion, and Firm Strategy: A Simulation Approach"

Vojislav Maksimovic, "Business Conditions in Developing countries and the Life-Cycle of Firms"

Bennet Zelner, “Identifying Archetypes: An Empirical Study of Business Group Structure in 16 Developed Economies”

Austin Starkweather, “Strategies that Firms Should Take When Investing Abroad”

•Jiban Khuntia, “Service Augmentation and Customer Satisfaction: An Analysis of Cell Phone Services in Base-Of-The-Pyramid Markets”