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Maria Nowak Research Fellowship

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maria nowak research fellowship

The Maria Nowak Research Fellowship is an initiative crafted as the evolution of EMN’s Research Award, which has seen 16 successful editions. The initiative is aimed at influencing and promoting research on the inclusive finance sector in Europe, while also benefiting EMN’s membership.

As part of this initiative, a chosen EMN member will receive free consultancy support to tackle a research assignment. A designated researcher, commissioned in agreement with the selected member, will undertake an assignment based on the member's needs for a period of up to 1 year.

Moreover, the initiative seeks to contribute to the broader academic landscape of microfinance in Europe. The data collected during the assignment will be utilised by the researcher to draft an academic paper. As part of this initiative, EMN members are expected to grant the researcher permission to use the collected data for this purpose.

EMN members are encouraged to submit their proposals, with proposed research topics intended to contribute to building evidence and insights on the impact of their activities on target groups facing barriers to financial inclusion and/or entrepreneurship, such as women, migrants and refugees, youth, and rural populations. The research can also serve as a foundation for designing new activities relevant to the above-mentioned target groups.

Examples of assignments that can be undertaken include, but are not limited to, impact studies, data analysis, managerial insights for the development of new products/tools, cross-country benchmarking of existing practices and market assessments

The call is open to all EMN members: practitioners, national networks, social networks, support organisations, and investors.  Joint proposals from more than 1 member are also accepted (no budget increase)

To apply for this year’s edition, please complete the form by 6th May 2024 and send it to and

Please download the full call document to access all the relevant information.


Funded by the European Union 

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With the support of 

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