MIT CFP Dissertation Award

The Center for Finance and Policy (CFP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites nominations for its inaugural dissertation award competition. The goal of the award is to recognize and reward outstanding doctoral research that advances knowledge in the area of finance and policy. Such research should take a rigorous and analytical approach to answering questions that are relevant to public policy along any of CFP’s three main research tracks: 1) evaluation and management of government-controlled financial institutions (e.g., government banks, credit and insurance programs, sovereign wealth funds); 2) governmental regulation of financial markets and institutions; and 3) measurement and control of systemic risk. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 honorarium.

About CFP

Governments play a central role in the financial system, not just as supervisors and regulators of financial institutions and markets, but also as large financial entities engaged in the allocation of capital and risk through investment and insurance activities. Society ultimately reaps the benefits of improved financial policies and regulations. The mission of the CFP is to serve as a catalyst for innovative, cross-disciplinary and non-partisan research and educational initiatives that address the unique challenges facing governments in their role as financial institutions and as regulators of the financial system.

Procedures: Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the competition, candidates must have completed a doctoral dissertation in finance, economics, public policy, accounting, management, engineering, political science, or in a related or interdisciplinary field between May 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Candidates must have successfully defended their dissertations and received the final approval and all required sign-offs on their dissertation document by the August 31, 2016 date.

The nominating and selection process

CFP expects candidates to be nominated by their dissertation supervisors, although nominations by other members of the candidate’s committee will be considered. Direct applications are not accepted.

Nominees must submit:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor supporting the submission and stating his/her assessment of why the thesis is worthy of the award.
  • Completed research paper.
  • The nominee’s current vita.

Nominations are due by July 1, 2016. A distinguished panel of scholars will review nominations. The award recipient(s) will be notified in August 2016 and award(s) will be presented at the 2016 CFP Annual Conference, which will be held September 29, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.