Becoming a Research Member or Fellow of ECGI

Becoming a Research Member or Fellow of ECGI

    There are several categories of ECGI membership (click here to review). 

    The Institute awards the title Fellow of ECGI to individuals who have demonstrated scientific excellence or other outstanding achievements in the area of corporate governance. ECGI Fellows are elected from the list of research members by the existing Fellows, every two years. This process is overseen by the ECGI Fellowship Committee. ECGI Fellows have the same rights as research members.

    A list of current ECGI Fellows is available here.


    Research members are appointed by a committee every two years, based on the quality of their research publications and contribution to the field of corporate governance. They are eligible to publish their work in the ECGI working paper series (subject to editorial approval). The submission dates for applications are communicated to all ECGI members by email and also posted on the homepage of the website.

    A list of current ECGI research members is available here.

    • Research Members play a special role in the governance of ECGI. They are the guardians of its scientific independence and integrity. For example, a majority of ECGI's board members must be Research Members and amendments to the Articles of Association must be approved by Research Members with a two-thirds majority.

    • Research Members have access to publish their research in the ECGI Working Paper Series. In addition to automatic posting on SSRN, papers become part of a prestigious series, are promoted through the ECGI website and Working Paper alerts, receive more downloads and citations, and are provided with an attractive cover. Papers included in the series are eligible for one of two EUR 5,000 prizes each year which is determined by the editorial boards.

    • Research Members are eligible to submit projects or conference proposals for support (non-financial or financial) from ECGI. Examples of non-financial support include communications and conference website support. In some cases, financial support is made available through the European Corporate Governance Research Foundation (ECGRF).

    • Research Members enjoy all the rights of membership of the association including attending and voting at the Annual General Meeting, participation at certain ECGI events, and inclusion in ECGI communications. Research Membership is free of charge.

    • Only 17% of ECGI Research Members are female and ECGI actively encourages and welcomes applications from and nominations of female scholars. The admittance level is the same for all applicants and there is no upper limit to the number of appointees, therefore no one is disadvantaged by this policy. 

    • A list of existing research members can be found by clicking here.


    The ECGI Research Member Committee currently comprises:

    Professor Ernst Maug (Chair)
    Professor of Corporate Finance
    University of Mannheim Business School

    Professor Jens Dammann
    Ben H. and Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law
    University of Texas School of Law

    Professor Laura Field 
    Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance
    University of Delaware

    Professor Geneviève Helleringer 
    Professor of Law
    ESSEC Business School and University of Oxford


    Applications will be accepted every two years and will be advertised on the ECGI website (homepage) and also by email to ECGI subscribers. The next call for applications will take place in 2024.

    Fellows and research members may nominate candidates at any time: 


    Click here to learn more about ECGI membership categories.