NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp 2013
Call for Applicants
The NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group is
hosting the 6th 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: Wednesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 20, 2013
Accepted students are also welcome to attend the
NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group meeting on Tuesday, July 16.
Where: NBER, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.
Program: The program will be taught by
experienced and active researcher professors.
Each day will have 6 hours of instruction. The
preliminary line-up includes John Haltiwanger
(Maryland), Thomas Hellmann (UBC), Erik Hurst
(Chicago), William Kerr (Harvard), Josh Lerner
(Harvard), Antoinette Schoar (MIT), Scott Stern
(MIT) and John van Reenen (LSE).
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 economics and finance, who are either
considering, or already doing research in these
areas. While the boot camp is primarily intended
for PhD students, it is also suitable for
post-docs and early-career assistant professors
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
they can be sent separately from the applicants’application.
The application package should be assembled into
a single pdf and uploaded here:
If the letter of recommendation needs to be sent
separately, please email it to Brett Maranjian at
she will add it to your application package.
The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013
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.
For any questions concerning academic matters,
please contact the academic coordinator:
University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC,
Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: (604) 822-8476