EFA Doctoral Tutorial

Alongside the EFA Annual Meeting, a one-day EFA Doctoral Tutorial (EFA-DT) is organized. This is an intensive and competitive session designed for PhD students in Finance who are nearing the end of their doctoral thesis and will soon be on the job market. To be eligible, the student must apply in advance by duly submitting a single-authored paper and supporting documents (as per the relevant guidelines and deadlines posted). The current EFA-DT format allows up to eight PhD student papers to be selected for presentation and discussion at this yearly EFA doctoral event. The well-established EFA-DT is held in parallel with the recently launched EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) on the same day the EFA Annual Meeting officially starts, preceded the evening before by a networking welcome dinner.

The reputation of the EFA-DT as an event of excellence in its own right firmly establishes it among the 3 main pillars of EFA's success: | the EFA Annual Meeting || the Review of Finance (EFA's own journal) || the EFA Doctoral Tutorial |

2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial (Helsinki)

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (welcome dinner on August 18, 2020)
Location: Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni, Helsinki, Finland
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Program & Call

The 2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This full-day session offers selected students an excellent opportunity to present their papers and receive constructive feedback from renowned faculty discussants. Interested PhD students are invited to submit their contributions by the March 15th deadline. Preference is given to work that is substantially advanced but not fully completed. The organizers only consider single-authored work by current PhD students who are not yet active on the job market but are planning to be in 2020/2021 or later. (Co-authored papers are desk-rejected.) The 2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial takes place at Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni, in Helsinki, Finland, preceding the official opening of the 47th EFA Annual Meeting.

Submission & Guidelines

Submission for the EFA-DT opens February 15th and closes March 15th at 13:00 CET (Central European Time). Note that student papers & supporting documents can only be submitted during this one-month period. For detailed information, please check the EFA-DT Info & Guidelines.

Interested doctoral students are invited to submit their papers and applications for the EFA-DT by uploading the following documents (in PDF format):

  1. Paper (anonymous)
  2. CV
  3. Official Letter on institutional letterhead (preferably signed & stamped with an official seal) issued from the home university stating the PhD student’s enrolment status and topic of doctoral research.
    (NOTE: A Letter of Reference / Recommendation is not required for the EFA-DT.)

Submission link: www.conftool.com/phd-efa2020 | Submission deadline: March 15, 2020 (13:00 CET)

Decision notifications delivered in mid-May confirm which student papers have been selected for presentation at the EFA Doctoral Tutorial in Finance.

EFA Doctoral Tutorial Best Paper Prize

The best paper presented at the EFA-DT will be recognized with the Best EFA Doctoral Tutorial Paper Prize sponsored jointly by Nasdaq Educational Foundation (Nasdaq) and Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA). The award for the Best EFA Doctoral Tutorial Paper will be presented to the winner during the EFA Annual Meeting, consisting of a money prize sponsored by Nasdaq (€1,500 EUR), and an invitation to participate in the CQA Fall Conference held in Chicago, USA (September 16-17, 2020) to present the winning paper (all costs covered).*

Student Stipend

Authors of papers presented at the 2020 EFA-DT receive a stipend of €1,000 EUR to help cover travel costs, registration to the EFA Annual Meeting, and EFA membership for the calendar year. (NOTE: Students whose papers are accepted for the EFA-DT are also expected to register for and participate in the EFA Annual Meeting.)

EFA Annual Meeting

As part of the 2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial program, accepted students are invited & expected to participate in the 47th EFA Annual Meeting, and to apply for EFA membership for the year as well as register for EFA 2020 Helsinki. Also, on the (Tuesday) evening before the event, there is a complimentary welcome dinner held for participants, to which students, faculty, and sponsors, are invited and can hopefully attend.


The EFA Doctoral Tutorial is a closed session (by invitation only). Interested observers must obtain permission in advance from the organizers in order to be admitted to this EFA pre-conference event.


If you have any inquiries or encounter difficulties with the 2020 EFA-DT submission & application process, please contact the organizers via e-mail (phd-efa@european-finance.org).

*NOTE: Accepted students must fully disclose whether their September schedule allows for travel to Chicago to participate in the CQA Fall Conference if they win the EFA-DT best paper prize, and give advance notice if they may be unable to fulfill this potential prize commitment (which in no way diminishes their chances of winning the DT best paper prize yet enables the organizers to make provisional arrangements).

Chairs & Faculty

The current EFA-DT Co-Chairs are:

EFA gratefully acknowledges the invaluable contributions of those notable Faculty participants selected as subject-specialists for the EFA Doctoral Tutorial in Finance, who alongside the EFA-DT co-chairs generously volunteer their time and energy to share their professional expertise with up-and-coming PhD students by actively participating in this important EFA educational initiative – thereby helping to shape the future of the greater field of Finance.

Sponsors & Support

Over the past decade, the EFA Doctoral Tutorial has been sponsored by the Nasdaq Educational Foundation (Nasdaq) and the Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) – each contributing separate prizes for the best EFA-DT paper that are presented to the winning author at the EFA conference awards ceremony. Along with the logistical support of the local organizers of the EFA Annual Meeting, and the administrative support of the EFA Secretariat at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), these two longstanding sponsors have contributed to the success of the EFA Doctoral Tutorial. In addition to a monetary best paper prize, the ongoing financial support of Nasdaq has also enabled a group welcome dinner to be organized for many years, thereby enhancing the social & networking aspects of the EFA doctoral events.


Recent Events

Below are listed recent EFA-DT locations & dates, with links to the event websites.

2019 EFA-DT
46th EFA Annual Meeting – Carcavelos, Portugal – August 21, 2019

2018 EFA-DT
45th EFA Annual Meeting – Warsaw, Poland – August 22, 2018

2017 EFA-DT
44th EFA Annual Meeting – Mannheim, Germany – August 23, 2017

2016 EFA-DT
43rd EFA Annual Meeting – Oslo, Norway – August 17, 2016

» Historical Overview of the EFA Doctoral Tutorial

EFA Annual Meetings

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