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Scholar in Residence

Creating opportunities for those studying family business.

The goal of the Scholar in Residence program is to build relationships between researchers at the Seidman College of Business at GVSU and family business researchers at other prominent schools around the Globe to produce scholarly research in the family business field.

The FOBI Scholar in Residence will receive a $10,000 stipend and up to $2,500 in travel expenses to Grand Rapids, MI.

The Scholar in Residence will be required to live in Grand Rapids for a minimum of 2 weeks and fulfill the responsibilities outlined below over a 12-month period. The recipient of the FOBI Scholar in Residence will be announced at FERC's annual conference. 

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Collaborating with a faculty member from Seidman and submitting an article for publication in a peer reviewed journal article.
  • Supervising and collaborating with Seidman faculty members and the FOBI Director on family business related research.
  • Visiting Seidman at least two weeks to meet with faculty, students, and family business leaders.
  • Provide executive education for family business leaders. 

Applications will be accepted from November 1st, 2016 - April 15th, 2017.

Results will be released by May 19th, 2017, application for next year will reopen in September 2017.


"Being the FOBI Scholar in Residence is a great opportunity to grow my professional network and engage in new exciting research initiatives. The Seidman College is a place highly conductive to impactful research where I could engage in many seminars and conversations about family business research and develop new research collaborations. FOBI also provides a unique access to family businesses operating in West Michigan. I was impressed by Grand Rapids and its vibrant community of small and large family businesses. Through site visits and various meetings with family business leaders, I could appreciate their strong commitment to innovation and growth and their strong willingness to engage with the University to create fruitful flows of knowledge and ideas. I highly recommend the FOBI Scholar in Residence program to anyone who wishes to grow their international impact while meeting new friends and colleagues with a passion for family business research."

- Dr. Josip Kotlar

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