The Diverse Doctorates in Business Program (DDB) is designed to enable students from all backgrounds, abilities, and disciplines to consider an academic career as business school professors, by conducting graduate-level research with faculty, and paving the way for their application to business school PhD programs at the Leeds School of Business and around the world.

Come to the information session on November 9, 2023!


Thursday, November 9, 2023

4:45-6:30 p.m.

Session will be live at Koelbel 313. 

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1st.
Apply Here


Participants will have the opportunity to: Learn about doctoral-level research; obtain advice about graduate school opportunities and gain insights on the application process; discuss academic careers in research and teaching.


Ideal candidates for DDB scholars are current undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline with strong quantitative skills and academic records. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups, as well as from others whose backgrounds and experience would bring additional dimensions to the educational experience.

What’s in it for me?

Being a professor is rated one of the best professions in the U.S. You have significant autonomy to choose the focus of your research and teaching.  Being a business school professor is particularly attractive at a time where some states have a decreasing number of college aged students, the demand for business majors is expanding. 

Compared to faculty in related fields, there is a robust job market with high salaries and substantial career flexibility market because of expanding national demand for business education.  Moreover, doctoral programs in business schools provide full funding to their students, covering their tuition and providing a living stipend.

Diverse students graduating from top business PhD programs are highly sought after and are hired quickly into a tenure track faculty position, truly changing the experiences of diverse students at the colleges and universities where they are hired.

Why the emphasis on diversity?

To have truly inclusive business school programs for an increasingly diverse student body, students of color should be able to see themselves in the faculty.  Nationally, only 7% of US business school faculty identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, or Native American. This is only a slight increase from 10 years ago when these identity groups represented only 5% of faculty.

We see that as a problem, and conversations on campus reflect a desire for change. The Diverse Doctorates in Business program is an effort to encourage more of the best and brightest diverse students to choose to be a part of the solution by choosing careers as business professors.  

What do I need to do to attend? 

RSVP by Wednesday, November 1st, to secure your spot at the November 9th kickoff event.