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Ph.D. Support

“"It is a huge honor to be recognized with a Doctoral Fellowship Award. It opens doors to so many great opportunities… It’s just a great way to be introduced to the job market and to bridge the gap between practice and academics."

- Liz Chuk, 2008 Doctoral Fellowship Award Winner

The Foundation has supported accounting Ph.D. education for decades through its Doctoral Fellowship Program and annual sponsorship of the American Accounting Association (AAA)/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium. It is also at the forefront with the AICPA Foundation, Big Four public accounting firms and many other large CPA firms and state societies to help reverse the shortage of Ph.D. accounting faculty in the United States by increasing the pipeline of quality doctoral candidates in accounting — the future educators of the future leaders of the accounting profession. Read more below about these Ph.D. support initiatives:

Doctoral Fellowships
Students at the dissertation level of study need academic and financial support. Faculty provide the academic support. The Deloitte Foundation, through its Doctoral Fellowship Program, provides financial support to oustanding doctoral students in accounting as they complete their coursework and dissertations. Up to 10 students are selected to be Deloitte Fellows each year. Each Fellow receives a grant of $25,000, disbursed in four payments over two years, to help cover expenses during the final year of coursework and during the subsequent year of writing a dissertation.

AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium
The Doctoral Consortium, sponsored by the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the Deloitte Foundation, through a contribution from former firm Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and former Foundation Chairman J. Michael Cook, gives advanced doctoral students a chance to meet with some of the country's most distinguished faculty in a collegial atmosphere. The Consortium, which has been offered since 1971, focuses on issues that are most pressing to faculty and to students who are about to become professors, including theoretical and applied research, teaching and career development. Read testimonials about the Consortium.

Accounting Doctoral Scholars
The Deloitte Foundation, in conjunction with the AICPA Foundation and more than 70 of the country’s biggest accounting firms and several state CPA societies, have joined forces to develop a program to address the growing shortage of Ph.D. professionals in Audit and Tax. The program is being funded over an eight-year period and will be administered by the AICPA Foundation.

The Accounting Doctoral Scholarship Program will provide financial support to encourage accountants, with public accounting experience in auditing and tax and an interest in teaching, to transition into academic roles at the university level.  Each Accounting Doctoral Scholar will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for a maximum of four years to pursue a Ph.D. and career in academia. The goal is to provide the academic community with up to 120 newly-trained Audit and Tax professors within the next several years. These individuals will be focused on cultivating the next generation of audit and tax practitioners and academics.

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