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 Laura Starks (Chair)
Seay Regents Chair of Finance
McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Marcel Kahan
George T. Lowy Professor of Law 
New York University School of Law

Professor Ernst Maug
Professor of Corporate Finance
University of Mannheim Business School


Applications will be accepted every two years and will be advertised on the ECGI website (homepage).

Fellows and research members may nominate candidates at any time:


Click here to learn more about ECGI membership categories.