ISMS Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition Application Process

ISMS 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition

The INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS) is pleased to announce its ISMS 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition. This dissertation proposal competition is held annually and recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposals on important marketing issues.  Through this Call for Dissertation Proposals, we seek proposals relevant to marketing science, theory, and practice.


ISMS dissertation grants are meant to cover the following costs of dissertation research:

·         Collect data, obtain software, run experiments, pay research assistants

·         Release from teaching

·         Provide summer support

·         Provide fifth year support

Award Information

One to five awards of $5000 will be awarded to the best proposal(s) based on the ISMS budget and the number of submissions each year.


Award Committee

The dissertation proposals will be reviewed and the winners will be selected by the members of a committee consisting of Professors Zsolt Katona (Berkeley), Monic Sun (BU) and Bryan Bollinger (Duke).

Application Eligibility Criteria  

Any student member of ISMS is eligible to participate in this competition, provided that:

·         The candidate or his/her advisor/chair has been a dues paying member of ISMS for at least two years (including the current year).

·         The candidate is registered at an accredited university to receive the degree of PhD in business or marketing.

·         The candidate’s advisor/chair certifies that the proposal for the dissertation has been approved by the candidate’s committee, school or university by August 31, 2019.

·         The candidate’s advisor/chair certifies that the dissertation will not be completed by December 31st of 2019.

·         The dissertation has not already won an ISMS dissertation grant in prior years.

Submission Information

The final proposal must not exceed a maximum length of 20 double-spaced pages including tables, exhibits, and references. A one-page, self-contained summary of the proposal needs to be included as the first page of the proposal.  The problem statement, relevant theory that addresses the problem, hypothesis to be tested, methodology to be employed need to be clearly stated and substantiated in the proposal. The proposal should also include an indicative bibliography. For blind reviewing purposes, any identifying information from the proposal itself should be omitted.  A separate document containing the entrant’s name and contact information, the title of the dissertation, contact information for the entrant’s thesis advisor/chair and names of all the committee members needs to be provided. Please use the style sheet similar to the one required by Marketing Science. When submitting a proposal, please use the subject line “ISMS Dissertation Competition 2019.”

Only submission materials e-mailed to Catherine Tucker, ISMS VP of Education ( no later than August 31, 2019, will be considered.

Evaluation Criteria

The committee will use the following criteria to judge the proposals:

1.    Problem importance

2.    Likely theoretical contribution, and/or advance in marketing science

3.    Likely contribution to marketing practice

4.    Appropriateness of methodology/research design

The winner(s) are expected to be announced by December 15, 2019.

Responsibility of Award Recipients

Award recipients will present their research at a special session to be organized as part of the 2019 Marketing Science conference.

For any further questions and information regarding the submission of proposals, please contact:

Catherine Tucker

VP Education, ISMS

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management