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.