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Ph.D. Students

The IES will train Ph.D. students, engage in relevant scholarship and create a network of entrepreneurial scholars committed to understanding the entrepreneurial society.


Syracuse University now offers a political economy track as part of its well-established Ph.D. program in entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Department at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management is a top research department in the field.  Political economy students will be fellows of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES). It is the Institute’s mission to produce high-quality research on the political economy of entrepreneurship, to educate future thought leaders in the field and to engage the academic community in explorations of the entrepreneurial society. IES is currently accepting applications to recruit an elite group of four Ph.D. students for this new track in its Ph.D. program.

IES fellows will receive training in entrepreneurship and political economy rooted in the ‘Austrian’ and public choice traditions. IES fellows will examine the legal, social, and political institutions that foster societal well-being by unleashing human creativity and productivity. Students will be encouraged to develop evidence-based policy-relevant research on the causes of innovation, opportunity and economic growth.

Institute fellows will receive full-tuition coverage, a stipend for the whole calendar year, i.e. 12 months, plus generous benefits. The package offered by the Institute is highly competitive and compares favorably to those offered by other top business schools.  The students’ main professor will be Maria Minniti, who holds the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. 

The political economy graduates from Whitman’s entrepreneurship program will be on a track to become business professors in research universities.  Thus, a strong interest in research is a fundamental requirement. The Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society is committed to rigorous academic training and professional success for its graduates.  The deadline for admission in 2018 is approaching and interested students should directly contact Professor Minniti at