Apply: Dissertation Completion Fellowship Applications Due January 15, 2024
FINRA Investor Education Foundation

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2024–2025 Dissertation Completion Fellowship program seeks to expand the pipeline of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the U.S. professoriate. Applications are due by January 15, 2024.

The Fellowship program 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 Fellowship program is one component of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s larger Financial Inclusion Framework. The Financial Inclusion Framework—built on pillars of communications, education, and research—aims to create new understanding and relationships that lead to people from underserved communities fully and equitably participating in the financial mainstream.

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FINRA Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship

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

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 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 and 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 and brokerage firms and their registered employees. For more information, visit