WAIFC Young Academic Award

Young Academic Award, hosted by The World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) invites young academics to submit papers or essays on the future of a sustainable and inclusive financial sector, addressing one of the following topics:

  • The future of finance, or what will financial centers look like in 2030
  • How the financial sector can contribute to a sustainable economic recovery from the current pandemic
  • Innovations in sustainable finance and their impact on the financial industry
  • How financial centers can promote inclusive finance
  • New ways of successfully financing small and medium-sized enterprises

The top three finalists will have the unique opportunity to present their research at WAIFC’s Annual General Meeting to be held in Casablanca, Morocco, in October 2022. The winner of the best paper will be awarded a prize of €3,000. The runners-up will be awarded prizes of €2,000 (2nd place) and €1,000 (3rd place).

The Award website is at: https://award.waifc.finance

Full details on who can enter, how to enter, assessment criteria, etc. are detailed within our Award handbook. Applications to submit papers or essays may be made no later than 15 May 2022 via our submission form.  Final papers or essays must be submitted no later than 15 June 2022.

As our focus is on finance, we particularly encourage submissions from Ph.D. students around the world in finance, economics, mathematics, computer science, or other similar fields to participate. We are, however, seeking new ideas, so a background in any field of study is welcome as long as papers or essays relate to finance and meet our submission criteria. Submissions are welcome from those in universities, research institutes, think tanks, and other similar institutions. Multiple authors can contribute to a paper or essay, but as we are seeking ideas from bright young minds, at least one author must be under the age of 35.

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