Ph.D. programs and research

As a research university, KU generates hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding each year. To support research and education, the university maintains numerous state of the art laboratories, libraries, computer facilities, and various centers of excellence dedicated to study of specific topics. The university also maintains an Applied English Center to help non-native speakers improve their written and oral communication skills.

School of Business research awards

The business school offers research awards reserved for doctoral students which include the John O. Tollefson Best Paper Award, the Max E. Fessler Dissertation Award, and the School of Business Best Paper Award.

Computer lab

The School of Business is home to a behavioral lab specifically dedicated to supporting doctoral students and faculty research.

Research centers

The school has several centers, many dedicated to research. Find details about the missions and activities of various centers.


To maintain intellectual vitality, the school runs five colloquia every week. Over the years, our colloquia have attracted scholars from leading schools, including Dartmouth, Harvard, Wharton, USC, University of Fribourg, U.C. Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. See previous colloquia speakers.

Travel funding

Ph.D. students receive funding to attend conferences in their fields. Most students receive funding to present papers at conferences.