Frequently Asked Questions

What is the conference program?

The Duke Strategy PhD Conference 2024 will start on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, with a social dinner at 7:00 p.m. in Durham, NC. The main conference will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at the Fuqua School of Business. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks will be provided.

The program will include a keynote lecture and up to 10 paper presentations. To stimulate discussion, each presentation will be assigned a discussant among the presenters. Paper presenters should prepare a 20-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of discussion by the assigned discussant, and 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience. Discussants should read the assigned paper and prepare a few questions and constructive comments to share with the presenter and audience members.

The presentations and discussions will take place between PhD students. Faculty will not be present. A detailed conference schedule will be published before the event.

Please note that the conference date has been revised from the originally advertised schedule. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from PhD students in Strategy and related fields who have already passed their preliminary examination and/or have advanced to candidacy. We particularly encourage applications from students who are in the early stages of preparing their job market papers (or other solo-authored papers).

What is the cost of attending?

There are no submission or registration fees thanks to the generous support of the Duke Strategy Area. We will cover the cost of one night of accommodation at the JB Duke Hotel (located on campus within walking distance of the Fuqua School of Business) for each presenter. However, presenters will have to cover their other travel expenses.

How do I submit my application?

The application period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest and submitted their applications. Decisions will be communicated by April 15.

My project needs polishing, can I still submit my work?

Yes! Working papers and early-stage projects are both welcome.

If my paper gets accepted, what will I have to produce, and by when?

Presenters will have to submit a draft paper or a complete set of presentation slides to by Friday, May 24, 2024. This will enable us to share the information with the assigned discussant (selected from among presenters) at least one week before the conference.

Can I attend the conference without an accepted paper?

Yes, we welcome attendance from graduate students in Strategy and other related areas. To help us plan for the conference, RSVP no later than Friday, May 31, 2024, by emailing

Can I participate if I study outside the U.S.?

Yes, we welcome students from everywhere. The conference organizers can provide a letter acknowledging the accepted paper and upcoming presentation. We are unable to assist further with visa or other travel requirements.

Can I participate remotely?

Face-to-face interaction among participants is essential for obtaining feedback, networking with peers, and improving presentation skills. Consequently, attendance is only possible in person.

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

For additional questions, please send an email to