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 Student in Finance? This is the award for you!

Are you currently registered for a Masters degree? 
Enter the QuantAwards competition, keep an eye on our website for details of next year's competition.

2019 QUANTAWARDS WINNERS - Congratulations!

1st PRIZE Winner: 

Sophie Emerson, University College Cork, Ireland

"Investor regime analysis using self-organising maps and hierarchical clustering"

PRIZE: €2,000 + CFA Program Exam registration 

2nd PRIZE Winner: 

Ruairí Kennedy, University College Cork, Ireland 

"Dynamic regime-based asset allocation using international equity flow data"

PRIZE: €1,000 + CFA Program Exam registration 

3rd PRIZE Winners: (Joint 3rd Prize)

Robert Sketch, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

"A deep learning approach to predicting UK stock returns"


David Luke O'Shea, University College Cork, Ireland

"Using artificial neural networks to predict returns one period ahead with market flow data"

PRIZE: €500 + ​CFA Program Exam registration

The 2019 QuantAwards were the 9th edition of QuantAwards, and the 5th European edition with the participation of CFA Society France, CFA Society Ireland and CFA Society Netherlands.

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 Schedule 2019

  • ​Registration deadline:  30 June 2019
  • Final dissertation must be submitted by 31 August 2019
  • Results will be announced end of Mid October 2019
  • Award Ceremony will take place in January 2020


  • ​Dissertations should focus on a portfolio management issue.  The subject covered must include a strong practical element that has relevance to finance practitioners as well as academics
  • Marking criteria are: Presentation, Accuracy and Completeness, Applicability and Relevance, and Innovation.
  • Submissions must be between 5 and 7 pages and be written in English
  • The dissertation can be accompanied by appendices that the candidate considers appropriate
  • Entry is free​

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"Last year, Jacques Olivier, HEC Paris Master of Finance program director sent an email out encouraging all students to have a look at this quantitative competition.

At the time I was reading about Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz's trading strategies and wondered if I could model some of them. I was generally more into fundamental than technical analysis, but next to classes and exams and CFA preparation it was tough to find time and energy to continue my own analysis.

The Quant Awards allowed me to combine something I wanted to anyway with a little extra motivation.

The prize in mind and a deadline helped me to continue working on my investment model. The guidance was pretty straight forward, and for any questions I had, CFA Society France was super responsive and helpful. I am really happy now that I participated, because I would still have an unfinished investment model laying around, and while the prize money was needed, the publication of my work on the web is overly exciting as well."

Matthias Sigrist, 1st Prize Quant Awards 2012