The Deloitte Foundation Awards $250,000 to 10 Ph.D. Candidates

The Deloitte Foundation has announced the names of the recipients of this year’s Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting. Top ten Ph.D. candidates from the annual doctoral fellowship in accounting program have each been awarded grants of $25,000. The award is given each year to top accounting doctoral students who intend to pursue an academic career following graduation. The award supports the recipient’s final year of coursework as well as the subsequent year to complete his or her doctoral dissertation.

The recipients of this year’s fellowships include Matthew C. Cedergren of theNew York University, Brant E. Christensen of theTexas A&M University, Emily E. Griffith of theUniversity of Georgia, Bret A. Johnson ofThe Ohio State University, Rebecca C. Lester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jed J. Neilson of theUniversity of Michigan, Bryce A. Schonberger of theUniversity of South Carolina,Thomas D. Steffen of the Duke University, Jenny Zha of the University of California-Berkeley, and Aaron F. Zimbelman of the University of Illinois.

About a hundred universities are invited each year to apply for the Fellowship, and the students are nominated by the accounting faculty. This year’s recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprising three leading accounting educators – Professors Benjamin Ayers of the University of Georgia, Mark Peecher of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Gregory Miller of the University of Michigan.

Professor Benjamin Ayers of the University of Georgia, outgoing member of the Faculty Selection Committee, said: "The Deloitte Foundation's long history of support for accounting doctoral education has benefited generations of accounting scholars and their students. The Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship provides critical funding for Ph.D. candidates, which allows them to focus on developing skills and talents that help educate and shape future leaders in accounting and business. As a former recipient of the Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, I am honored to serve on this committee, am grateful for the Deloitte Foundation's continued support of this program, and look forward to the great things that this year's recipients will accomplish."

Shaun Budnik, partner, Deloitte LLP and Deloitte Foundation president, said:"For nearly 60 years, the Deloitte Foundation has proudly awarded Doctoral Fellowships in Accounting to more than 1,000 Ph.D. candidates.Since the grantees aim for careers in academia, the program plays a crucial role in contributing toward a pipeline of highly-skilled, qualified accounting faculty on campuses to educate our profession's next generation of talent and leaders. I congratulate all of the 2013 grantees."

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