Research Fellows

The Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance (FMC) offers highly accomplished, early career researchers the opportunity to generate exceptional research in finance and to participate and contribute to the academic environment at the University of Chicago.

One- to two- year terms are offered to promising scholars who have earned their doctorate in finance/economics or related fields and have a demonstrated record of research achievement.

This program is designed for research fellows to be an integral part of the finance group at Chicago Booth without teaching responsibilities. Research Fellows will be able to engage in the intellectual environment at the University of Chicago through workshops, presentations, and collaborations with faculty and other researchers, while pursuing independent research in the field of finance.


Current Research Fellow

Simon Mayer
Simon Mayer
joins the Fama-Miller Center as the inaugural Research Fellow in July 2021. Simon recently graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tindergen Institute. He will be joining HEC Paris as an Assistant Professor of Finance summer 2022.

Simon’s research focuses on two types of investments, cryptocurrencies and SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), that performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic turmoil and he will be studying why that was the case. His research also focuses FinTech, cryptocurrencies, and entrepreneurship (including SPACs). He hopes that his research will contribute to the ongoing debate of the regulation of cryptocurrencies led by the SEC and should also lead to recommendations for the regulation of SPAC’s.