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 (virtual from Helsinki)

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 18-19, 2020
Info & Guidelines: » EFA Doctoral Tutorial – Info & Guidelines
FAQ: » Frequently Asked Questions about the EFA Doctoral Tutorial

Program & Call

The 2020 EFA Doctoral Tutorial took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18-19 2020 via ZOOM. These two half day sessions offered selected students an excellent opportunity to present their papers and receive constructive feedback from renowned faculty discussants. Interested PhD students were invited to submit their contributions by the March 15th deadline. Preference was 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.)

In 2020, eight students were selected from more than 100 submissions.  You can view the list of participants here including students, faculty and observers. The 2020 program and titles of papers can be veiwed here

Submission & Guidelines

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

Interested doctoral students were invited to submit their papers and applications for the 2020 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: closed

Decision notifications were delivered in mid-May to confirm which student papers had 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 is recognized with the Best EFA Doctoral Tutorial Paper Prize.  The award for the Best EFA Doctoral Tutorial Paper is presented to the winner during the EFA Annual Meeting, consisting of a money prize (€1,500 EUR), and an invitation to participate in the CQA Fall Conference held in Chicago, USA, each September, to present the winning paper.

In 2020, the winning paper was 'Endogenous Risk-Exposure and Systemic Instability' by
Chong Shu (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California).


If you have any questions about the EFA-DT submission & application process, please e-mail phd-efa@european-finance.org.

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

The EFA Doctoral Tutorial has been supported by the Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) with an invitation to the author of the best EFA-DT paper to attend their annual conference in Chicago.

The success of the EFA Doctoral Tutorial. is also due to 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).

For ten years, the  EFA Doctoral Tutorial was also generously sponsored by the Nasdaq Educational Foundation (Nasdaq) whose funding contributed to the costs of organising the event between 2010 and 2019 as well as enabling a group welcome dinner thereby enhancing the social and networking aspects of the EFA doctoral events.


Recent Events

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

2020 EFA-DT
47th EFA Annual Meeting – on-line from Helsinki, Finland – August 18-19, 2020

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 News

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  • » RF New editors
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  • » New Associate Editors
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  • » New Vice-President
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  • » New Vice-President
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  • » 47th EFA Annual Meeting
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  • » 48th EFA Annual Meeting
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