Batten Fellows Program

The Batten Fellows Program brings prominent and high-potential thought leaders to the Darden School of Business for short and long-term visits. The aims of the program are as follows:   

 To develop intellectual capital that culminates in published articles, books, and other high-impact publications;  

 To provide thought leadership of importance to managers, policy makers, and the public;  

 To support work related to current Institute research initiatives.  

 To stimulate the intellectual life of the Institute and the Darden School.  

List of Previous Fellows

The Batten Institute is accepting fellowship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Deadline: 1 May 2015

Download 2015-16 application information PDF


The Institute invites established faculty, emerging scholars, seasoned executives and policy makers of distinction or outstanding promise to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who possess a PhD, or other terminal degree, and to those who are researchers in good standing at a university or other research-oriented institution. Exceptions will be made for individuals of significant accomplishment who propose compelling research projects that have a high likelihood of contributing to the Institute’s thought leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. A maximum of two fellowships may be awarded in a given year; in some years no fellowship may be awarded, depending on the quality of the submissions and caliber of the applicant.



 Batten Fellows will be eligible to receive limited funding ($10,000) to support a specific research project in entrepreneurship and innovation. These grants may only be used to cover research expenses, including but not limited to: project‐related travel, transcription, data collection and data bases, research assistance and relevant subscriptions. These funds may also be used to offset the cost of housing during any residency period at the Darden School in Charlottesville, VA. As a matter of policy, grants may not be used for salary support or honoraria.  

Appointment Duration 

 Appointments as Batten Fellows are for the period of a single academic year. The Institute highly values its Fellows and expects to engage with their work beyond their appointment.  Ideally, the fellowship period establishes a foundation for ongoing collaboration with faculty and the Institute.  

Outcomes and Activities   

Batten Fellow projects are expected to result in publishable research as journal articles, books, conferences presentations, and scholarly seminars, all of which should advance the research programs of the Batten Institute. The Batten Institute expects targeted research and collaborative writing activities.  It is the expectation of the Batten Institute that the Fellows will pursue not only an independent research agenda, but will engage actively with Darden faculty, students, and the wider University community. It is the Institute’s desire that, when appropriate, Fellow interactions extend to other schools at the University of Virginia. As a general rule, the activities of a Batten Fellow include: 

Pursuing independent research and writing projects as specified in the applicant’s proposal;  

Collaborating on research and writing projects with Darden faculty and staff; 

Presenting seminars or workshops to the Darden community; and  

Publication of a Batten Briefing that addresses the research focus of the Fellowship. 


 By accepting an appointment as a Batten Fellow, the appointee accepts the responsibility for acknowledging the support of the Batten Institute in the resulting intellectual outputs, including but not limited to: papers, articles, briefings, books, cases, and conferences. Fellows will also permit the Batten Institute to feature their funded projects on its website and in other electronic or printed publications. 

Application Process

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter articulating your reasons for pursuing a fellowship, an updated CV, and a brief (3-page max.) research proposal for the project to be pursued during the Fellowship period, along with a detailed budget to: Sean D. Carr, Executive Director, Batten Institute:  

Review and Selection

The Batten Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants must include a proposal for research to be pursued during their time as a Fellow and a detailed budget (3 page maximum). All applications will be reviewed and decided upon by the Batten Fellows Review Committee. The committee will base its decision on 1) the scholarly merits of the research proposal; 2) whether the proposed research falls in the domains of entrepreneurship or innovation* ; 3) the quality of the expected/forthcoming intellectual contribution; 4) the likelihood that the research project will result in the publication of papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and other research-oriented outlets; and, 5) the scholarly promise or accomplishments of the applicant.  



* To evaluate the appropriateness of Batten Fellow application, the Institute has adopted the definition of entrepreneurship and innovation articulated by Management Science: “Entrepreneurship includes new business creation as well as entrepreneurial activities undertaken within existing businesses or through new market mechanisms. Innovation includes novel and creative ways to create value through new products or services, new business models, or new processes. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) new venture formation processes, financing, and strategies; R&D and project management, performance metrics, and portfolio evaluation; institutions and policies to enhance entrepreneurship and innovation; markets for ideas, innovation, and other intangibles; regional and global dynamics of entrepreneurship and innovation; university and science‐based innovation and technology transfer; continuous improvement and new process development; new product development, development processes, and service design; patents, licensing, and intellectual property; business model innovation (e.g., operations, marketing, or network innovation); open innovation and distributed innovation; and market and financial impact of innovation.”

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