Diversity Emerging Scholars Initiative (DESI)

FMA is pleased to offer the Diversity Emerging Scholars Initiative (DESI), a program that offers early career scholars (e.g., Assistant Professors or untenured professors) from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority backgrounds 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 will be invited to participate in workshops at the 2021 FMA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 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 into their papers within 9 months and send back to the senior faculty leaders for additional mentorship and support. At this point, we are planning to hold an in-person conference with some virtual components. Recent surveys highlight the many benefits of face-to-face interactions, and we hope that most people will be able to attend in-person. However, we will continue monitoring and re-evaluate as the event draws closer

Conference registration fees will be waived for selected participants.

Applicants, who must be active FMA members, may submit full research papers or slides detailing the proposed research question(s), data, and methodologies.

This program is intended for early career researchers (e.g., Assistant or untenured Professors), not doctoral students. To view resources specifically tailored for doctoral students, click here.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.

The 2021 submission period has closed.


If you have any questions, please contact FMA at +1.813.974.2084 or [email protected].