FMA Diversity Emerging Scholars Initiative


FMA is pleased to introduce the Diversity Emerging Scholars Initiative (DESI), a program that offers early career scholars from underrepresented identity groups (i.e., underrepresented race/ethnicity groups, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, people with disabilities) opportunities to gain visibility in the profession, benefit from mentorship, receive feedback and ongoing support on their research from senior faculty, and receive advice on professional development.

Selected participants in the program will be invited to participate in workshops at the 2019 FMA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 in New Orleans where they will present their papers/research idea, engage in discussion, and receive feedback from senior researchers. Participants agree to integrate feedback gained from these workshops in to their papers within 9 months and send back to the senior faculty leaders for additional mentorship and support.

2019 Research Workshop Leaders:
• Corporate Finance: Jeff Coles, University of Utah and John Graham, Duke University
• Asset Pricing: Brad Barber, University of California, Davis and G. Andrew Karolyi, Cornell University

Conference registration fees will be waived for selected participants.

This program is intended for early career researchers (e.g., Assistant Professors), not doctoral students. Resources specifically tailored for doctoral students are available and detailed at

To apply for this program, by Friday, 31 May 2019. Note that current FMA membership is required. Applicants may submit full research papers or slides detailing proposed research question, data, and methodologies. Participants will be selected based on research ideas, need for mentorship/support, and projected benefit from program participation.

Please contact Dawn Appleby at or 1-813-974-2084 with any questions.