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EFA Doctoral Events – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are some frequently-asked questions (FAQ) about the two EFA Doctoral Events – the EFA Doctoral Tutorial (EFA-DT) and the EFA Doctoral Workshop (EFA-DW) – such as, how to submit / apply to these pre-conference PhD events, eligibility requirements, if EFA membership and/or registration for the EFA Annual Meeting are mandatory, timing & deadlines, etc. (NOTE: For answers to inquiries about the EFA Annual Meeting, please refer to the FAQ Frequently Asked Questions section of the relevant EFA conference website.)


EFA Doctoral Tutorial – FAQ

Question: With the pandemic, will the EFA Doctoral Tutorial and the EFA Annual Meeting actually take place in Italy?  Should I book travel and accommodation?
Answer: The EFA 2021 conference will follow a virtual format. We regret that we will not be able to see you in person at the Bocconi University, due to the still high uncertainty concerning the evolution of the pandemic and the need to decide in advance for organisational purposes, we had no other choice other than hosting the conference in a safe and accessible virtual environment.  The conference will run from Wednesday, August 25, to Friday, August 27. On the first day, there will be the PhD Doctoral Tutorial and networking events. The paper sessions will take place on the following two days, from about 1 pm to 9 pm Central European Time.  More information concerning the program and registration will be available soon.We will post updates on the conference format on the conference website.

Question: I would like to submit to both the EFA Doctoral Tutorial and the EFA Annual Meeting. Can I do this?
Answer: You can submit to both the EFA Annual Meeting (main conference) and the Doctoral Tutorial (pre-conference event); however, you will need to make two separate submissions in the two systems. Please observe all deadlines and EFA membership / registration requirements!

Question: Can I submit to both the Doctoral Tutorial and the Doctoral Workshop?
Answer: No. As these sessions run in parallel, you must decide to which EFA doctoral event you wish to apply.

Question: How much does it cost to submit a paper for the Doctoral Tutorial?
Answer: There is no fee to apply for this event.

Question: I wrote a paper with a co-author. Can I submit this paper to the Doctoral Tutorial?
Answer: No, you may only submit single-authored papers to be considered for the Doctoral Tutorial.

Question: I have an incomplete paper. Can I submit this to the Doctoral Tutorial?
Answer: You may submit an incomplete paper; however, the reviewers will take into account the degree of completeness of your paper. (The more complete your paper is, the better.)

Question: What should my advisor write in the required letter?
Answer: Your advisor is expected to confirm: (a) that you are enrolled as a PhD student at your institution; (b) the topic of your research; (c) that you have not yet been on the job market; (d) that your paper is single-authored. Note that this document is not intended to be a letter of recommendation.

Question: I have two papers I wish to submit. May I submit one paper to the EFA Doctoral Tutorial and the other paper to the EFA Annual Meeting?
Answer: Yes, you can; however, you will have to make two separate submissions in the two systems. Please observe all deadlines and EFA membership / registration requirements!

Question: I made a mistake in my submission. What can I do?
Answer: Authors are entitled to change/revise/delete their submissions anytime before the deadline. Click on 'Your Submissions' ⇒ 'Edit Contribution Details'. From this page, you can change/update: author(s), organization(s), title of contribution, abstract, topics, and check-box options. To complete the action(s), you must click on the 'Save Data' button link. Please note that you cannot change your session choice.

Question: I submitted my paper to the Doctoral Tutorial, but am not a current EFA member this year. What can I do?
Answer: To submit to the Doctoral Tutorial you are not required to be a current EFA member; however, accepted students who wish to participate in the EFA-DT must first register for the EFA Annual Meeting and be or become EFA members for the current calendar year.

Question: I would like to attend the EFA Doctoral Tutorial as an observer. Is this possible?
Answer: Up to eight observers per year may be invited to the EFA-DT as non-participants. If you wish to apply to be an observer, please contact the organizers via e-mail (phd-efa@european-finance.org). Priority will be given to PhD students registered for the EFA Annual Meeting.

Question: If I am accepted to the EFA-DT, when will I receive the Doctoral Tutorial stipend?
Answer: You will receive the stipend (€1,000 EUR) after and if the conference take place in Italy. This EFA support is intended to help cover travel expenses and registration to the EFA Annual Meeting, as well as EFA membership for the current year. 

Question: If I am accepted to the Doctoral Tutorial, when am I expected to be present at the conference location?
Answer: In 2021, all events will be online.  The EFA-DT and the EFA-DW are usually full-day closed pre-conference events held in parallel on the same day the EFA Annual Meeting officially starts (Wednesday), preceded the evening before (Tuesday) by a joint welcome dinner which all invited participants should plan to attend. The EFA Annual Meeting (conference) consists of two-and-a-half days of scientific sessions (Thursday-Saturday), social events, an awards ceremony and a gala dinner (Friday).  The Doctoral Tutorial will be held online in 2021 since the decision has been made that the 48th Annual Meeting will be an online event. 

EFA Doctoral Workshop – FAQ

Question: I wish to apply for the Doctoral Workshop and submit a paper to the EFA Annual Meeting. Can I do this?
Answer: You may submit to the EFA Annual Meeting (main conference) as well as apply for the Doctoral Workshop (pre-conference event); however, you will need to do this separately via the two systems. Please observe all deadlines and EFA membership / registration requirements!

Question: How much does it cost to apply for the Doctoral Workshop?
Answer: There is no fee to apply for this event.

Question: Can I apply for both the Doctoral Workshop and the Doctoral Tutorial?
Answer: No. As these sessions run in parallel, you must decide to which EFA doctoral event you wish to apply.

Question: I made a mistake in my application. What can I do?
Answer: Students are entitled to change/revise/delete their applications anytime before the deadline. Click on 'Your Submissions' ⇒ 'Edit Contribution Details'. From this page, you can change/update: author(s), organization(s), title of contribution, abstract, topics, and check-box options. To complete the action(s), you must click on the 'Save Data' button link. Please note that you cannot change your session choice.

Question: I applied for the Doctoral Workshop, but am not a current EFA member this year. What should I do?
Answer: To apply for the EFA Doctoral Workshop you are not required to be a current EFA member.

Question: What shuld be included in the Application Letter?
Answer: The Application Letter forms part of the selection process – so should be like a letter of motivation with information about your PhD (year and which school), your research and why/how it is important for you to attend the EFA Doctoral Workshop.

Question: Do I submit a paper for the Doctoral Workshop?
Answer: No - a paper is not part of the selection process.

Question: I wish to attend the EFA Doctoral Workshop but did not submit an application. Can I participate?
Answer: No, the EFA Doctoral Workshop is a closed session. Only students who have undergone the application process and are formally accepted may attend the event.

Question: If I am accepted to the Doctoral Workshop, when am I expected to be present at the conference location?
Answer: In 2021, all events will be online on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 & Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3pm - 6.30pm CEST. The EFA-DW and the EFA-DT are usually full-day closed pre-conference events held in parallel on the same day the EFA Annual Meeting officially starts (Wednesday), preceded the evening before (Tuesday) by a joint welcome dinner which all invited participants should plan to attend. The EFA Annual Meeting (conference) consists of two-and-a-half days of scientific sessions (Thursday-Saturday), social events, an awards ceremony and a gala dinner (Friday). The Doctoral Workshop will be held online  in 2021 since the decision has been made that the 48th Annual Meeting will be an online event. 

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