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Funding and Support

Fellowship Information

All PhD students receive a full tuition scholarship and individual student health insurance. During the admissions process applicants are reviewed for all fellowships, including the Rauch Doctoral Fellowship, the Geneen Institute for Corporate Governance Fellowship, and the standard Bentley PhD Fellowship. All fellowship packages include a stipend to assist with living expenses. Fellowships typically range from $30,000-$36,000 per year.

  • Funding is guaranteed for four years, with a fifth year contingent upon progress in the program.
  • PhD students serve as research assistants in years 1 and 2, and teach one course per semester during years 3 and 4. Students receiving a fellowship may not assume outside work.
  • Students must maintain good academic standing to remain eligible for tuition scholarships, university health insurance, and stipends. 

Rauch Doctoral Fellowships: Thanks to a generous endowment from the Rauch family, we are pleased to be able to award a Rauch Doctoral Fellowship to a student in the next entering class. Rauch Fellows are identified by the PhD Council during the application review and selection period. Newly enrolled students in both the PhD in Business and PhD in Accountancy programs are considered for this prestigious fellowship. The Rauch Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a top incoming student demonstrating great promise to make a significant impact in their respective academic field. The fellowship will continue through graduation, assuming the student remains in good academic standing. For a history of the Rauch Doctoral Fellowship please click here.

Harold S. Geneen Institute Fellowship in Corporate Governance:  With the assistance of the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust, Bentley University has built upon its record of innovation and excellence through the Harold S. Geneen Doctoral Fellowships. Geneen Fellows pursue directed, leading-edge research on important corporate governance issues through the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, a consortium of faculty and PhD students dedicated to researching social, comparative and reformative approaches to governance.

The Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance is offering PhD fellowships in 2017 in the following broad areas of corporate governance:  ethics and corporate boards; regulation and compliance; social and environmental reporting; corporate social responsibility; executive compensation; and corporate governance and women in leadership positions. If interested in the Geneen Fellowship, please note this in your application. For more information and qualifications please visit the Geneen Institute.

Conference and Research Support

  • Conference Travel:  The PhD program provides financial support for doctoral students to participate in both domestic and international conferences.
  • Research Support:  PhD students seeking research support may apply for funding directly from the PhD Program or request a grant from the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC).  Research support can also be provided from centers on campus, such as the Center for Women and Business.   

Center for Women and Business: The center supports doctoral students engaged in several topic areas, including: women’s careers and leadership development; corporate boards; entrepreneurship; gender issues; diversity issues and legal issues. PhD students involved with the Center have access to its resources, faculty, and programs. These types of research issues have become a fast growing area, especially in Management, and Bentley is a global leader in the study of women in business.

Accounting Doctoral Scholar’s Program

Bentley is one of a small number of schools chosen to participate in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program.  The ADS Program was created by the biggest accounting firms, in conjunction with the AICPA Foundation, to advocate for an increased number of highly qualified accounting professors. The program provides an additional $40,000 of financial support to qualified participants.  Please visit the ADS website for participation information. 

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

The AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students ensures that CPAs of diverse backgrounds are visible in college and university classrooms. The program's goal is to increase the number of minority CPAs who serve as role models and mentors to young people in the academic environment. The AICPA Foundation awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators.  For more information about eligibility please visit the AICPA Fellowship Website.

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for need-based aid. Please see the graduate student web page for more information.