FIRN is committed to helping all researchers through a variety of programs. If you have any ideas for ways to improve researcher development please reach out to the executive committee.

Besides the annual conference, PhD courses, masterclasses, research intensive network meetings, promotion of Australian research overseas at the AFA and through the SSRN network,  we also offer a few other programs of support for researchers directly and indirectly.

FIRN Early Career Researchers (ECR) Workshops


Top-Tier Editor Manuscript Feedback ProgramCall for Applications

Receiving high-quality feedback on research projects is immensely valuable to the development of academic manuscripts. Yet many early-career researchers have limited opportunities to gain personalized feedback on their work from editors of top-tier finance journals. To address this need, FIRN Early Career Researchers (ECR) Program is excited to announce a new initiative: ECR Manuscript Feedback Program.

Program Details:

FIRN offers ECR members a valuable opportunity to received specific feedback on their academic manuscripts (working papers) from an experienced editor of a top-tier finance journals, Professor Itay Goldstein (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania). Professor Goldstein is the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has served as an editor in Management Science and the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Authors of selected manuscripts will receive written feedback from Professor Goldstein on their manuscripts and have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Professor Goldstein. The in-person feedback conversations are requested by Prof. Goldstein and will be hosted in Sydney between 6th and 16th of December.  Authors of selected manuscripts will be notified sufficiently in advance of the meeting date and time.

Applications Now Open:

FIRN will select 3 academic manuscripts authored by early-career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation) at member institutions. Priority will be given to manuscripts in the fields of banking and financial institutions, financial policymaking, and financial markets, in alignment with Prof. Goldstein’s area of expertise.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 26th October, 5:00pm AEDT.

Application Process: Please email your application, enclosing the manuscript for which you seek feedback and a copy of your CV, to, with the email title (subject line): “FIRN ECR Manuscript Feedback Program Application.” In the submission email, please confirm that your application meets all eligibility criteria (please see below); please also include information on the manuscript’s research area.

Eligibility: All manuscripts must fulfill the following criteria to be considered, which should all be addressed in the submission email. They must:

  1. be authored by early career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation),
  2. have no senior co-authors, defined as Professor or an Associate Editor or more senior in A* journals,
  3. have not been submitted to a journal.

Each applicant is welcome to submit one manuscript (but can be co-authors on other submissions).

FIRN reserves the right to allocate any or all of the three opportunities, and that opportunity is not transferrable to another researcher nor another paper other than as submitted.

Applying for ARC Research Grants: DOs and DON’Ts – Webinar

Presented by Professor Martina Linnenluecke, Macquarie University

FIRN cordially invites all Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to an online information session on applying for Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants, presented by Professor Martina Linnenluecke. Professor Linnenluecke serves on the ARC College of Experts, is chief Investigator on a number of ARC grants and leads the Center for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance at Macquarie University.

Obtaining large grant funding is an essential part of a successful academic career. However, competition is fierce for large grants including ARC Research Grants. This Information Session will provide ECRs with the “DOs” and “DON’Ts” of applying for ARC Research Grants.

Date: Tuesday 25th October 2022
Time: 11:00am-12:00noon AEDT

RSVP: Please register here by 5pm Tuesday 18th October 2022.

Venue: Online – Zoom session details will be sent to all registered
participants closer to the event.


Adelaide Early Career Researchers Event – Webinar

Date/Time: Friday 14 October 2022 1:00 – 2:30 (immediately following the FIRN Corporate Finance Conference).

Venue: National Wine Centre, Corner of Hackney Rd &, Botanic Rd, SA 5000

Topic: How to Deal with A Difficult R&R

Presenters/Panelists: David Reeb (National University of Singapore), Xin Chang (Simba) (Nanyang Technological University)

Moderator: Tracey Dodd (University of Adelaide)

Registration and RSVP: Please click here to register through Eventbrite (registration closes 2 October 11:30pm)

How to Publish and Boost Your Career – Webinar
September 21, 2022, Australian National University

Date: September 21, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm (90-minute workshop followed by networking afternoon tea)
Venue: Allan Barton Forum, Second Floor, College of Business and Economics, Building 26C Kingsley Street, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601
Eligibility: The ECR Workshop and Travel Grants are open to all early career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation). You do NOT have to be attending the Banking and Financial Stability Meeting to attend the ECR Workshop or to apply for the Travel Grant.

Finance Research Network (FIRN) in partnership with Australian National University cordially invites early career researchers (Levels B–C within 8 years of PhD graduation) at FIRN member institutions to attend the FIRN ECR Workshop. Early career researchers from all finance research backgrounds are welcome to attend.

This workshop provides an opportunity for early career researchers to network with finance academics and receive career and publication advice from leading scholars. FIRN will offer 15 travel grants of AUD$300 each to early career researchers from member institutions based outside Canberra to fund their travels to attend the workshop.

The workshop will feature a presentation titled Getting Published followed by a panel discussion covering a range of topics, including publishing and advancing your research agenda, presenting your and discussing other’s work, and expanding your academic network.