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The Deloitte Foundation Announces 2010 Ph.D. Fellowship Grant Recipients

Ten Doctoral Candidates to Receive $250,000 in Grants

The Deloitte Foundation Announces 2010 Ph.D. Fellowship Grant Recipients

Ten Doctoral Candidates to Receive $250,000 in Grants

Published 01-19-10

Submitted by Deloitte

The Deloitte Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Deloitte LLP, today announced the recipients of its 2010 Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting grants. Ten students from academic institutions across the country were awarded $250,000 to help support the completion of their Ph.D. programs. Joining the more than 1,000 doctoral candidates who have received this prestigious award over the last two decades, each fellow will be given $5,000 during their final year of coursework and $20,000 to complete their doctoral dissertation the following year.

This year's recipients and the institutions they attend are:

  • Elizabeth A. Blankespoor, University of Michigan

  • Timothy J. Brown, Cornell University

  • Joao Granja, University of Chicago

  • Mark G. Maffett, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Patrick R. Martin, University of Pittsburgh

  • Michael P. McLaughlin, Washington University - St. Louis

  • Ziaojing Meng, Columbia University

  • Eric C. So, Stanford University

  • Xiaoli Tian, University of Iowa

  • Rahul Vashishtha, University of Pennsylvania

"Through our Doctoral Fellowship program, the Deloitte Foundation proudly provides financial support to Ph.D. candidates in accounting who plan to pursue careers in academia at a time in the educational process when additional funding is crucial," said Shaun Budnik, president of the Deloitte Foundation and partner, Deloitte LLP. "Also, these grants enable us to ensure that there are future teachers in the pipeline as our profession grapples with the shortage of Ph.D. qualified accounting faculty. To that end, we believe that this year's award recipients will play an important role in developing the next generation of accounting leaders."

Nearly 100 universities nationwide are invited to apply for the Fellowship annually, and the students nominated by their school's accounting faculty are the top doctoral candidates. This year's recipients were chosen by a selection committee composed of three eminent accounting educators: Professors, Michelle Hanlon of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Douglas Skinner of the University of Chicago and Kathryn Kadous of Emory University.

"The Deloitte Foundation's longstanding support of doctoral accounting education for emerging new faculty is exceptional," said Michelle Hanlon, outgoing member of the Faculty Selection Committee. "As a previous recipient of this prestigious fellowship, I know first-hand of the tremendous benefit it provides at a critical time in the Ph.D. student’s program. The greater accounting community benefits from this grant program as well, and it has been a distinct honor and a great pleasure to serve on the Fellowship committee for the last three years."

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