CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Wharton Risk Management and
2008 Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowships
for Research on Human Decision Processes and Risk Management
We hope to use these fellowships to facilitate the development of a doctoral student research community in the area of decision making under uncertainty. As such, in addition to the direct funding, award recipients will be invited to participate in two Center-sponsored seminars to be hosted at the
The first seminar is designed to provide students with the opportunity to present their research ideas in the early stages. The 2007-2008 recipients will be responsible for organizing the second event, a one-day conference gathering doctoral students from Penn and other universities; a conference by and for doctoral students undertaking research in related fields.
Students engaged in on-going research that relates to problems in decision making under risk and uncertainty are encouraged to apply. Proposals can reflect a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and may include tests on economic theories of risky decision making, investigations into the role of emotions in decision making, and group decision making.
Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length, and include the following information:
- Project title and descriptive summary (1-2 pages);
- Name of primary faculty member with whom the student is working;
- Proposal must be signed by the primary faculty member, or by the advisor;
- Detailed budget describing the anticipated expenses; and
- Description of other current sources of research and travel funding from your department.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 5, 2007.
Please send the complete proposal and additional information to Cynthia Anderson @Cynthia2@...
The research fellowships are named in honor of an endowment provided to the
The Wharton Risk Management and
Building on the disciplines of economics, decision sciences, finance, insurance, and marketing, the Center's research program is focused on descriptive and prescriptive analyses. Descriptive research focuses on how individuals and organizations interact and make decisions regarding the management of catastrophic risk. Prescriptive analyses propose ways that individuals and organizations, both private and governmental, can make better decisions regarding risk. The Center supports and undertakes field and experimental studies of risk and uncertainty to understand better the link between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to decision-making in coping with technological and natural hazards under various regulatory, environmental, and market conditions. Center research investigates the effectiveness of such strategies as incentive systems, insurance, regulation, and the communication of risk information.
Howard Kunreuther Robert J. Meyer
Co-Director Co-Director Managing Director