NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp 2020

Call for Applicants

The NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group is hosting the 13th Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp (ERBC). This intensive workshop provides an introduction into the leading research topics in the areas of the economics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. The workshop is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

When: Monday, July 13 (late afternoon) to Friday, July 17, 2020.
Accepted students are also welcome to attend the NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group meeting on Monday, July 13.

Where: NBER, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Program: The program will be taught by experienced and active researcher professors. Each day will have 6 hours of instruction. In recent years, speakers have included Shai Bernstein (Stanford), Nick Bloom (Stanford), John Haltiwanger (Maryland), Bill Kerr (Harvard), Josh Lerner (Harvard), David Robinson (Duke), Antoinette Schoar (MIT) and Scott Stern (MIT).

For Whom: The boot camp is meant to promote research interest in the areas of entrepreneurship economics and/or entrepreneurial finance. It is particularly well suited for PhD students in strategy, economics and finance, who are either considering, or already doing research in these areas. The boot camp is primarily intended for PhD students with an interest in these areas of research. The minimum requirement is that (by the summer) participants will have completed their first year of PhD course work. Participants are expected to carefully prepare for the workshop. In particular, they are expected to read a syllabus of over 50 papers prior to the boot camp.

Costs: The ERBC is generously supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. Participation is free and restricted to admitted applicants — no auditors will be admitted. Participants will be accommodated for four nights (five if also attending the NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group meeting). Travel expenses will be covered, provided they are in accordance with standard NBER procedures.

Application: Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. Each applicant should submit an application containing the following items:
    A cover letter that includes complete contact information, as well as the name of the recommendation letter writer.
    A Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, together with a list of all current and completed PhD courses.
    A two-page essay that explains why the applicant wants to attend the boot camp. This should include a brief description of the applicant's current and future research direction.
    One letter of recommendation from the applicant's current or former PhD advisor.
Letters of recommendation should be short (no more than 2 pages). They will be treated confidentially and can be sent separately from the applicants' application.

The application package should be assembled into a single pdf and uploaded here:

(Please use your name for topic of work)

If the letter of recommendation needs to be sent separately, please email it to Brett Maranjian at and she will add it to your application package.

The application deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020

Acceptance decisions will be made in early May. Accepted participants will be expected to come prepared by reading a syllabus of over 50 papers prior to the beginning of the ERBC.
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