Dissertation Support

This Macro Financial Modeling initiative offers financial support for doctoral students in economics or other fields pursuing innovative work on macroeconomic models with financial sector linkages or related topics in this area.

The application deadline for the next round of funding will be February 10, 2018.  

Dissertation fellowships are provided with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan FoundationCME Group Foundation, and Fidelity Management & Research Company.

This research initiative works to construct better, more comprehensive models for assessing systemic risk stemming from activities in the financial sector that can impact the economy as a whole. To encourage new research in this area, we are funding relevant dissertation proposals that examine:

  • Macroeconometric models and methods with financial sector constraints
  • Software and tools that evaluate new macroeconomic models
  • Approaches to defining, measuring, and monitoring systemic risk
  • Macroprudential regulation
  • Fiscal challenges from the public sector
  • The role of accounting in financial stability


Successful proposals will be awarded up to $16,000 to support research activity. The project will fund up to six graduate students annually.

Current and Past Awardees

Learn about students who are currently supported by the MFM project by clicking here.

Key Dates

January 31, 2017 (Midnight CDT)—Deadline for receipt of applications. 
April 2017—Awardees notified.