Kenan Institute Research Fellowship

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Research Fellowship is an opportunity for advanced doctoral students, post docs, and early career faculty researching the topics of entrepreneurship, economic development, or global competitiveness. This Fellowship seeks to encourage cutting edge research collaborations with the Kenan Institute’s thought leaders.

Several fellows will be selected in the spring of 2016 for a one-year term during the 2016-2017 academic year. The selected Fellow will receive a $15,000 research fellowship or support for one course buyout (up to $20,000). Funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes including stipend support, research needs, conference travel, etc., contingent on home department guidelines and University policy. During the fellowship year, the selected Fellow will be required to write one or more articles based on the supported research collaboration. At least one article should target publication in top peer-reviewed journal. (In some cases fellows may be asked to synthesize their work for a related article targeting a general audience.) Outputs in support of engaged scholarship may also be considered. Fellows will be strongly encouraged to present their research at relevant conferences and to participate in Kenan Institute events. Learn more about the Kenan Institute at

Applicants should be advanced doctoral students, postdocs, or faculty in a UNC-Chapel Hill academic program, e.g. Kenan-Flagler Business School, School of Government, School of Information and Library Sciences, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Education, Department of City & Regional Planning, Department of Public Policy, Institute for the Environment, etc. Both tenure-track faculty and non-tenure track research faculty are encouraged to apply. Prospective applicants should contact Kenan Institute collaborators ( and discuss their ideas prior to submitting their application.

Applicants should email the following documents to by April 1st, 2016:

Finalists will be selected based on the potential impact of the proposed research, commitment to publication, interest in collaboration, and other factors. Finalists will be interviewed by a committee and all applicants will be notified in May regarding the outcome.


April 1, 2016 Deadline for applications
TBD Interview candidates & select Fellow
May 15, 2016 Fellow selected and all applicants notified
August 2016 Fellowship starts

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Kenan Institute Research Fellowship make me eligible for tuition remission?
Can this fellowship be used to offset an existing scholarship (e.g. PhD tuition waiver, departmental stipend, etc.)?
If I am ineligible to increase my salary or stipend, how will I be able to use the funds?