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) 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 will be invited to participate in workshops at the 2019 FMA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 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. 

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 Professors), not doctoral students. To view resources specifically tailored for doctoral students, click here

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
The deadline has passed and applications are no longer being accepted
Successful participants will be notified early July.



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