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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 Spain?  Should I book travel and accommodation?
Answer: At this stage, we are planning to hold the EFA 2022 conference in real life but this will be confirmed later. 

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.  Checkout the guidelines here.

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 official application letter for the Doctoral Tutorial?
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. This application letter should be written on institutional letterhead, signed & stamped with an official seal and issued from the home university.  Note that this document is not intended to be a letter of recommendation or reference.

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 to the Tutorial. 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 takes place in Spain. 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 were online but we are hoping to be able to meet again in person in 2022.  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).  

Question: If I am accepted to the EFA-DT, can I get a travel grant?
Answer: No.  Students accepted to the Doctoral Tutorial are not eligible to receive the new travel grant. They will receive the stipend after and if the conference takes place in Spain. 

For more information about the Doctoral Tutorial click here 

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.  Check out the guide-lines here.

Question:  Is the 2022 theme and Speakers for the Doctoral Workshop the same as 2021?  
Answer: Yes - the topic and Speakers for 2022 is the same as 2021 because the chairs of the EFA Doctoral Events considered that fintech and crypto is still a very popular topic and the invited faculty were happy to meet again.  David Yermack (NYU Stern School of Business), Fahad Saleh (Wake Forest University) and Amin Shams (Ohio State University) are all leaders in this field.  In addition, we are hoping to hold the workshop in real life in Barcelona which will be a very different experience from being online in 2021. 

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 for the Workshop. 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 Letter of Recommendation for the Workshop?
Answer: The Letter of Recommendation forms part of the selection process for the workshop – 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.  The letter should written by your PhD Advisor or Coordinator in your home university, on official institutional letterhead (preferably signed & stamped with an official seal) and confirming your PhD enrolment status and topic of doctoral research.  The letter should be uploaded onto the dropbox using the link on the email from the application website.

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 EFA-DW, is there any funding to cover travel costs?
Answer: Students who apply to attend the workshop and are accepted, are expected to make and pay for their own travel arrangements but they may apply for the new travel grant. Students whose applications are accepted for the 2022 EFA-DW will each receive a complimentary EFA membership for the current calendar year (if not already a member) and free registration for the 49th EFA Annual Meeting (which is a members-only event) to enable them to participate.

Question: If I am accepted to the Doctoral Workshop, when am I expected to be present at the conference location and attend the Annual Meeting?
Answer: In 2021, all events were online but we are hoping to be able to meet again in person in 2022. 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) and students whose applications are accepted for the 2022 EFA-DW will get free registration for the 49th EFA Annual Meeting (which is a members-only event) to enable them to participate.

Question: If I am accepted to the EFA-DW, can I apply for the travel grant?
Answer: Yes, successful applicants for the EFA-DW may apply for the travel grant as long as they fulfil the other criteria.  Applicants for the travel grant should be PhD students in finance, financial economics, or a related field and

Preference will be given to students going on the job market in the coming academic year (2022-2023). Students do not need to have a paper in the program to be eligible.  Students accepted to the Doctoral Tutorial are not eligible to receive this grant.  The amount of the Grant awarded to each successful applicant will be determined by the number of applications.  No student may receive the EFA Annual Meeting Travel Grant more than once.

For more information about the Doctoral Workshop click here 

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