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 Student in Finance? This is the Award for You!

Many investment outfits specialize in research, development and implementation of systematic trading strategies, while other active asset managers have added quantitative strategies to their business lines. Individual clients may also now delegate management of their portfolios to robo-advisors.

These are just few manifestations of the changing landscape and we believe that quantitative portfolio management will become ever more important because of the discipline offered by the scientific approach and full automation of the investment process.

Are you currently in the process of writing your thesis (Master or Bachelor) about a quantitative finance subject? And do you have the confidence to present your dissertation to an expert panel, selected by the CFA Societies participating in the project? If you are in for a challenge and if you would like to make an impact in the field of quantitative investing, the CFA European Quant Awards are for you!

You will be asked to summarize your Master's or Bachelor's dissertation and submit your paper (according to these guidelines) in order to have a chance of winning one of the 3 prizes below:
 
1st PRIZE:  €2,000 + CFA Program Exam registration, worth $1,150 (one-time enrollment fee + early registration fee)
2nd PRIZE: €1,000 + CFA Program Exam registration, worth $1,150 (one-time enrollment fee + early registration fee)
3rd PRIZE:  €500 + CFA Program Exam registration, worth $1,150 (one-time enrollment fee + early registration fee)

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Eligibility

Quant Awards are open to university students and interns in quantitative finance regardless of specialty. Professional experience must be limited to internships, which should not exceed 3 years in total. Applications are free. CFA membership is not required.

Submission

Students must submit their original research focusing on the topic of Quantitative Finance. The report should concentrate on the importance and practical applications rather than technique. It can consist of an end of studies dissertation, internship report or work carried out specifically for the Quant Awards.

Judging

The judging panel consists of 8 judges, including a Chairperson. The panel may call on external experts if participation is particularly high or if a given report requires additional technical oversight.

Reports are judged anonymously, with a code replacing the names of the candidates. Each submission will be marked by two juries, from 1 to 10. Their mark is a weighted average of four criteria:

  • Applicability and relevance (30%)
  • Innovation (30%)
  • Accuracy and completeness (30%)
  • Presentation (10%)

The final mark will be the sum of the marks of two juries. Decisions may not be appealed.

Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place towards the end of the year. It will be held in the country where the winner applied. All winners will be invited, and travel and housing costs covered (with a limit of €1,000 per person). All participants are welcome to attend the ceremony at their own costs. 

About CFA Societies

The QuantAwards is an initiative of several CFA Societies, that are the local chapters of CFA Institute, the non-profit, global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The Institute offers the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program, a globally recognized, graduate level curriculum that provides a strong foundation of real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills. The Societies aim to support and contribute to the progress and stability of the national investment community by organizing professional education, setting standards, sharpening ethics, improving competence and sharing knowledge and supporting the industry in many other ways. 

Questions? 

For more information, please contact the participating CFA societies or follow our Quant Awards LinkedIn group. On behalf of the CFA Society VBA Netherlands, Bob Jansen is your contact person.

Past Winners

 Schedule 2021

  • Registration deadline:  30 July 2021
  • Final dissertation due:  31 August 2021
  • Results will be announced end of Mid October (tbc)
  • Award Ceremony will take place towards the end of the year.
  • It will be held in the country where the winner applied. All winners will be invited, and travel and housing costs covered
  • All participants are welcome to attend the ceremony at their own costs
 
 

 Components

  • Students must submit their original research focusing the topic of Quantitative Finance
  • The report should concentrate on the importance and practical applications rather than technique. It can consist of an end of studies dissertation, internship report or work carried out specifically for the Quant Awards.
  • Marking criteria are: Presentation, Accuracy and Completeness, Applicability and Relevance, and Innovation.
  • The Cover page should contain the report title but not the candidate or university name
  • Submissions must be between 5 and 7 pages,  written in English  and titled as follows: 
  • Quant Awards - Candidate name - University name - Company Name (if it is an adaptation of an internship report)
  • The dissertation can be accompanied by appendices that the candidate considers appropriate

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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 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