2023 RRBM Dare to Care
Dissertation Scholar Awards

Sponsored by the Community for
Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM)

Co-Sponsor: The International Association for Chinese Management Research

Next application period: November 1-30, 2022

Award decision: March 1, 2023


👉🏻2022 Winners Announcement 👈🏻

Register to attend one of two Information Sessions for Prospective Applicants:
  • Information Session A: Register
    Thursday, 16 June at 8am US Pacific Daylight, 11am US Eastern Daylight,
    5pm Central European Summer Time, 11pm China Standard Time
    See Event Time in Your Location
  • Information Session B: Register
    Thursday, 16 June at 6pm US Pacific, 9pm US Eastern Daylight,
    Friday, 17 June at 9am China Standard, 11am Australian Eastern Standard Time
    See Event Time in Your Location

RRBM Dare to Care Dissertation Scholar Awards are for emerging business and management scholars who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to responsible research that matters to society. Award winners receive a combination of intellectual and financial support according to need. In addition, they become part of the college of active Dare to Care Dissertation Scholars who continue to learn with and from one another as they shape the future of business and management research to take on the grand challenges of our world.


Up to ten individuals will be accepted as a Dare to Care Dissertation Scholar in the 2022-23 award cycle. Award winners receive financial support in the form of a scholarship of up to $10,000 as well as intellectual support from among the community of RRBM scholars, according to need.


Eligible Research Topics and Methods

The Selection Committee welcomes dissertation research that meets the following criteria:

  • The dissertation research will generate knowledge or ideas to reduce inequality or promote social justice, especially focusing on the role of business organizations. Topics may include but are not limited to: income inequality; racial or gender equity; equal access to resources and opportunities; stakeholder well-being; etc. Research that contributes to meeting one or more of the social or economic dimensions of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are of special interest to this dissertation scholarship program.
  • Has a clearly stated research question accompanied by a well-developed and rigorous methodology to address the research question. The use of multiple methods is encouraged, including qualitative (case studies, observations, text analysis), quantitative (surveys, archival empirical), and experimentation (lab and field), as explained in the principles of responsible research.

The Selection Committee is particularly interested in dissertation research that:

  • Is inter-disciplinary and involves stakeholders in the research process, as described in Principle 5 of the seven responsible research principles.
  • Incorporates intervention field studies, using randomized controlled trials (RCT) that robustly test theory-informed ideas/treatments (actions, policies, programs) to address the aforementioned justice issues at the individual or collective levels.


The Eligible Applicant

  1. Is a doctoral candidate enrolled in a business school in any of the disciplines as long as the research falls within the domain of the eligible research topics noted above.
  2. Is at the beginning stage of the dissertation research with a clear research question and a well-developed methodology proposed to address the question. Generally, such individuals will have already passed any qualifying exams applicable to their program.
  3. Demonstrates a commitment to the RRBM Principles of Responsible Research through (a) RRBM engagements (e.g., as an endorser of the position paper, an attendee of RRBM webinars, or through other engagements) and (b) a statement on alignment with responsible research principles submitted with the application materials.


Recommended Preparation

We recommend attending the Philosophical Foundation of Responsible Research course which will be offered online September to November 2022. The course covers the topics of uncertainties in scientific reasoning, inductive risks, values in science, objectivity and responsibility, science and policy, science and society, and progress in science – foundational ideas of responsible research. The final assignment of this course is to develop a research idea related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click to view course syllabi, student feedback on the course, and register to be notified of new course information once available.


The Application & Proposal Content

Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2022 and must be received by November 30, 2022. Applications will require the submission of a research proposal as well as the completion of an online recommendation form by two references. Additional details regarding application requirements are forthcoming; register here to be notified once those details are available.


Evaluation of Proposals

Candidates will be evaluated using the eligibility criteria outlined above. In addition, candidate proposals will be evaluated using the Seven Principles of Responsible Research, ensuring that the proposed research meets the standards of high relevance to the research domain specified in this program and strong methodological rigor with promise of credible findings.


Finalists may be invited to interview virtually with the Selection Committee during the week of February 13 – 17, 2023.


Award winners will be announced March 1, 2023.


Information Sessions

Register to attend one of two Information Sessions for Prospective Applicants:
  • Information Session A: Register
    Thursday, 16 June at 8am US Pacific Daylight, 11am US Eastern Daylight,
    5pm Central European Summer Time, 11pm China Standard Time
    See Event Time in Your Location
  • Information Session B: Register
    Thursday, 16 June at 6pm US Pacific, 9pm US Eastern Daylight,
    Friday, 17 June at 9am China Standard, 11am Australian Eastern Standard Time
    See Event Time in Your Location

Frequently Asked Questions:

Answers to some frequently asked questions are provided below and will be updated periodically. Additional inquiries regarding the Dare to Care Dissertation Scholar Awards may be directed to scholarship[at]rrbm.network.

        1. Who is qualified to apply?
          Only students enrolled in doctoral studies within the field of business are eligible. This can include doctoral students within business schools or doctoral students within the business unit of a university (e.g., management, marketing, or accounting departments). Students enrolled in other social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, economics) are not eligible for this award.
        2. I will have already conducted some of my research at the time my application is submitted. Am I eligible to apply?
          The scholarship is intended to support doctoral candidates. Students who have finished their doctoral studies (i.e., PostDoc) cannot be considered for this specific scholarship. Ideally, candidates should be at the beginning stage of the dissertation research when the scholarship is awarded in March 2023. Such applicants will generally have completed any required qualifying exam and/or defended their research proposal, as applicable.  As highlighted elsewhere in these FAQs, eligible research should be empirical, and the scholarship is intended to cover the cost of collecting such empirical data. Doctoral students in a later stage can apply, mainly if their thesis is based on multiple papers and if the scholarship money is intended to be used for data collection supporting one of these papers.
        3. What topics are acceptable? Does climate research qualify?
          Acceptable topics should relate to some form of injustice and conditions on how to lower it. Exemplary areas of injustice and possibly forms of their reduction include, but are not limited to: (1) Poverty, reduced by increasing wages of lower-level employees or  creating jobs from social innovation or social entrepreneurship; (2) Income inequality, lowered by reducing the pay gap between the highest and the lowest pay within an organization; (3) Gender or racial inequity, alleviated by reducing bias in hiring or promotion decisions and by advancing the condition of women and people of color; (4) Employee well-being, reduced by increasing welfare benefits, compassionate leadership, advancing employee dignity, and protecting human rights. Climate research is acceptable if it relates to one or more forms of injustice. In general, research topics related to the social and economic dimensions of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (i.e., (1) No Poverty, (2) Zero Hunger, (3) Good Health and Well-being, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, (10) Reducing Inequality and (16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) are of interest to this scholarship program. We would expect that research suitable for this scholarship will have a direct link to identifying practices or conditions that enhance stakeholder well-being, with a clear and specific dependent variable that is being tested for its impact on social justice.
        4. Is there an expectation that the research addresses these topics through a lens relevant to the role of business organizations?
          Yes, the goal of the research is to generate knowledge that organizations, especially business organizations, can potentially use to address injustice in various forms. This is consistent with the focus of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which consider business organizations as having the opportunity and obligation to implement the SDGs.
        5. Do I have to take the Philosophical Foundations of Responsible Research course?
          No, the course is not required if you have already completed a course or two covering some of the topics listed in the syllabus. Upon submitting your application, you will be given an opportunity to provide the syllabi of the course(s) you have taken and/or workshop(s) you have attended that include these topics. If you have no formal courses, provide a list of books or articles you have read that discuss these topics.
        6. Does the research have to be empirical?
          Yes, RRBM believes it is critical for claims to be supported by credible empirical evidence. A project that uses published empirical evidence (quantitative or qualitative evidence) is potentially acceptable. We give preference to original studies on a contemporary problem.
        7. Is a dissertation consisting of multiple papers acceptable?
          Yes, this model is acceptable as long as one of the papers includes empirical tests of a topic relevant to this scholarship program. We encourage applicants to orient their scholarship application around the one paper that is most relevant to the scholarship criteria.
        8. Can I send a brief writeup of my topic to check if my topic is suitable?
          Yes, you are more than welcome to send a one-page proposal idea to scholarship@rrbm.network and we will let you know if the topic is suitable for this scholarship focus. Please allow up to two weeks for a response.
        9. Will I have a mentor to help me?
          We cannot guarantee this but it is our plan to identify mentors for some of the scholarship recipients, if there are mentors who are interested in the topic.
        10. Do my two references need to submit their reference form by the November 30 deadline?
          Application forms must be submitted by the November 30, 2022 deadline. Reference writers will have a short additional window to provide their input, through Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Applications and reference forms must be received by these dates in order to be considered for this year’s award.