PhD Program in Business

Grant and Award Programs

Fenwick Huss Teaching Award

Purpose of the Award the H. Fenwick Huss Teaching Award recognizes PhD students for teaching excellence in the classroom. The award represents our commitment to value teaching as a critical component of the PhD training and experience at the Zicklin School of Business.  

Nature of the Award Recipients of the award receive a $250 cash award and honored in a ceremony at the annual spring student meeting. Eligibility All PhD students in the business program who have taught for at least two semesters are eligible to apply. Students are eligible once every other year and must be in their first 10 semesters of the program.  

Nomination Process Candidates need to self-nominate and provide the following information:  

  • All available teaching evaluations
  • A teaching statement by the candidate that reflect on his or her teaching philosophy, pedagogy, objectives, and experiences. The statement should not exceed one page in length The PhD admissions and awards committee will evaluate the applications. There will be a maximum of two awards per specialization. Criteria for Teaching Excellence:
  • Command of the subject
  • Continuous growth in the field of study
  • Ability to organize course material and to present it effectively
  • Effective design and redesign of courses
  • Ability to inspire in students independent and original thinking
  • Ability to encourage intellectual interests in beginning students and to stimulate advanced students to creative work
  • Enthusiasm and vitality in learning and teaching
  • Participation in advising students
  • Ability to respond to diverse student body

Mills Tannenbaum Research Excellence Award 

Awarded to top doctoral students to assist in their studies and research. The award is funded by Helen Mills and Gary Tannenbaum who are great supporters of the PhD program. The award is endowed with $2,500.  


Oscar Lasdon Award  

Awarded to the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Finance or Investment.  

Donald Vredenburgh Research Grant program (DVRG) 

The mission of the Donal Vredenburgh Research Grant Program is to foster a research‐ oriented academic culture among Ph.D. students in the Business Program by:  

(a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; 

  1. supporting outstanding research project proposals 
  2. furthering student professional progress by providing funds to conduct doctoral research publications, presentations, and professional networking. Applicants may submit a budget between $500 and $3,0000. However, keep in mind that if you are awarded, you won’t necessarily get as much as you requested—so plan accordingly. 


Donald Vredenburgh Best Research Paper Award (DVBRPA) 

This new award has been established by Professor Donald Vredenburgh through a generous gift that he made to the program. Awardees can win up to $2,000. 

In order to qualify for this award nominated papers, need to satisfy the following: 

  1. You need to be the first or single author of the paper 
  2. The paper needs to be published or accepted for publication in the corresponding academic year 
  3. The paper needs to be published in a top-rated academic journal in your field 


Joseph and Jane Weintrop Accounting Doctoral Student Research Award 

Awarded to doctoral students specializing in accountancy to assist in their research