BlackRock Applied Research Award 2019

2024 BlackRock Applied Research Award

Exceptional thinking exceptional results.

Application due date: August 31, 2024 Event date: December 2024

What is the Applied Research Award?

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Now in its tenth year, the BlackRock Applied Research Award recognizes the top five job market papers submitted by PhD candidates on a practical topic pertaining to financial markets, economics, investment management, or risk management. The 2024 BlackRock Applied Research Award will take place in India for the tenth edition!

The Award will grant $10,000 to the winning job market paper submitted by PhD candidates and $2,000 to the runners-up. Job market papers should be based on quantitative research and provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by investors and risk managers.

Want to apply? What you need to know:


We are collaborating with India Finance Association to help outreach to Indian researchers.

Local candidates in India must send their applications to applied research award by August 31, 2024. 

The panel will review all submissions and notify the top ten finalists for virtual presentations.  Each of the ten candidates will take part in a virtual half day presentation for 30 minutes each. The presentation will be of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of Q&A, discussions by the judges and BlackRock subject matter experts. Prior to the day’s event, each candidate will submit their PowerPoint presentations which will be used during the virtual presentations.

A conference will be held at BlackRock offices in Gurugram and Mumbai, India on October 2024. The global panelists will join both in person and virtually to declare a winner following the presentations. Refreshments and dinner will be provided at the BlackRock offices. 

The final candidates and winners must present at the IFA conference to be held on December 2024 at IIM Raipur to claim their award. 

To be considered for the award the application must contain:

    • The candidate’s PhD job market paper. Important note: we request that all names and personal references be removed from the content in job market papers to ensure an unbiased review by our committee. This includes authors(s) names and affiliations, acknowledgments, seminars/conferences where the paper was presented, etc.
    • The candidate’s resume
    • Confirmation of your presence in the coming job market and for the first time. This confirmation may be provided by the dissertation chair (including through the recommendation letter) or by the head of the PhD program or the school department)

*All documents included in your application should be titled beginning with your last name