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Hello Nigerian Scholars: Enter to Win €3,000 in WAIFC’s Young Academic AwardIf you can write a well researched paper, this may just be an opportunity for you to be €3,000 richer.  The World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) recently announces a €3,000 cash prize for the winner of its Young Academic Award hence,  calling for the submission of well researched papers or essays on the future of a sustainable and inclusive financial sector.

While the winner of the competition goes home with €3,000, the first and second runners up will win €2,000 and €1,000 respectively.  All-expense-paid, the three finalists will be invited to present their submission to the WAIFC Board of Directors and other invited observers and guests in Tokyo, Japan in October 2024.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, a member of WAIFC, EnterpriseNGR is calling on Nigerians across the country’s tertiary institutions to participate in this competition. Application submission for the global competition closes on May 15, 2024. EnterpriseNGR believes this is a great opportunity for Nigerian  scholars to bring home the award whilst leveraging it to showcase the country’s talents and their potentials to proffer solutions to global challenges.

The following are the potential topics of papers to be submitted:

  1. Promoting and channelling climate finance
  2. Harmonization and proliferation of sustainable reporting standards
  3. Financing the circular economy
  4. Fostering social enterprises
  5. Fostering gender diversity
  6. Generative Artificial Intelligence
  7. Central Bank Digital Currencies
  8. Supporting talent development and re-skilling
  9. Remaining an attractive employer for young talent

Meanwhile, papers that are not on topics mentioned above but relevant to the work of international financial centers will also be considered. However, papers must be either unpublished or published no earlier than 2023. An English translation is required if the paper is written in a different language.

Who can enter?

Young academics from around the world are encouraged to make a submission.  WAIFC is a global organization, and aims to make this a global competition. The Award is open to all countries, including non-WAIFC member countries. As the focus is on finance, WAIFC  particularly encourage submissions from Ph.D. students in finance, economics, mathematics, computer science, or other similar fields to participate.

However, WAIFC is seeking new ideas, so a background in any field of study is welcome as long as your paper or essay relates to finance and meets 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 WAIFC seek ideas from bright young minds, at least one author must be under 35 as of 15 June 2024.

How will the winners be selected?

WAIFC will assess the papers against the following criteria: (1) novelty, (2) topicality, (3) innovative thinking, (4) scientific merit, (5) relevance for financial centers, and (6) practical applicability.

How to apply?

Applications to submit your paper or essay may be made by 15 May 2024 via WAIFC submission form. Your final paper or essay must be submitted no later than 15 June 2024 via: https://award.waifc.finance/

If you have any further questions or if you are unable to access the submission form, please email award@waifc.finance.