Apply Now: The FINRA Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Nov 20, 2023

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Apply Now: The FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2024–2025 Dissertation Completion Fellowship

FINRA Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship

  • Stipend: $40,000
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
  • Notification: March 2024
  • Fellowship Year: June 12, 2024 – June 18, 2025

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides an award of up to $40,000 to advanced doctoral candidates within their last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing to support the completion of their dissertation research and writing.

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research centrally concerning financial services and the capital markets, including but not limited to topics related to the following areas: financial capability, financial inclusion, financial security, fintech services, and investor protection. Graduate study may be in any academic discipline. A selection committee of scholars and research experts from diverse fields will select award recipients.

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship seeks to expand the pipeline of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the U.S. professoriate.

Applications are due by Monday, January 15, 2024, at Midnight EST.

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Fellowship Program Eligibility

  • The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or Temporary Protected Status. International students studying in the U.S. on a student Visa are ineligible for this Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a U.S. non-profit (private) or a state (public) doctoral-granting institution of higher education that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Applicants cannot be affiliated with (i.e., employed by or related to, or have an immediate family member who is employed by or related to) a current director, officer, staff member of the FINRA Foundation, or a current member of the FINRA Board of Governors.
  • Applicants cannot be an “Associated Person” as defined under FINRA Rule 1011(b) and cannot otherwise affiliated with (i.e., employed by, or have an immediate family member who is employed by) a securities firm regulated by FINRA.
  • Applicants cannot be affiliated with securities regulators, self-regulatory organizations, or securities industry trade associations.
  • All pre-dissertation requirements must be met by the Fellowship start date, including approval of the dissertation proposal. If not already approved as of the application date, proof of approval for the dissertation proposal must be submitted no less than 30 days before the commencement of the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be in the writing stage of their dissertation by the time the Fellowship begins.
  • Applicants must not hold other doctoral degrees; this should be an applicant’s first doctoral program.
  • Applicants who have previously received a Foundation Fellowship are not eligible to receive another Fellowship, and Fellowships are not otherwise renewable.
  • Applications must be submitted by email by the application deadline.

How to Apply

The description, features, and required application elements can be found here.

Please email questions to [email protected]

About the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills, and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through educational programs and research that help consumers make more informed financial decisions and achieve their goals. The Foundation’s extensive body of work includes the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS), which provides important insights into the financial capability of U.S. adults—including financial knowledge, resources, access, experience, and attitudes—to help decision makers at all levels understand the financial circumstances and needs of households in communities around the country. For more information about FINRA Foundation, visit

About the FINRA

FINRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to investor protection and market integrity. It regulates one critical part of the securities industry—brokerage firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA, overseen by the SEC, writes rules, examines for, and enforces compliance with FINRA rules and federal securities laws, registers broker-dealer personnel, offers them education and training, and informs the investing public. In addition, FINRA provides surveillance and other regulatory services for equities and options markets, as well as trade reporting and other industry utilities. FINRA also administers a dispute resolution forum for investors, brokerage firms, and their registered employees. For more information, visit

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024 at Midnight EST.

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