BlackRock Applied Research Award

Prior Year Programs

2016 BlackRock Applied Research Award Winner

Pablo Slutzky

Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business,
Pablo holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University

“Blackrock’s Applied Research award had a dual impact on me: one internal, one external. First, it gave me more confidence to face the job market process. If a jury panel of such high quality enjoyed my research, I knew other people would too. Second, Blackrock’s prestige spilled over on me, giving me much more visibility and giving me also a “quality certification mark”. In many interviews, the interviewers brought up the award.

In sum, Blackrock’s Applied Research Award had a huge impact on my placement, and therefore on my career path.”

2016 Finalists

  • Adrien d’Avernas, Assistant Professor of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics; Ph.D. in Economics, UCLA Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Eric Moore, Ph.D. in Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tarik Umar, Assistant Professor of Finance, Jesse H. Graduate School of Business, Rice Unniversity; Ph.D. in Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • Katherine Waldock, Assistant Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business; Ph.D. in Finance, Stern School of Business, New York University

2016 Academic Panel

  • Andrew Ang, Managing Director, Head of Factor Investing Strategies
  • Andrea Eisfeldt, Laurence D. and Lori W. Fink Endowed Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson
  • Robert Engel, Michael Armellino Professor of Finance, New York University Stern School of Business
  • Ronald Kahn, Managing Director, Global Head of Scientific Equity Research at BlackRock
  • Leonid Kogan, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Professor of Management and Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management; Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research


2015 BlackRock Applied Research Award Winner

Andrew Wu

Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations and of Finance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan,
Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

“The BlackRock Applied Research Award was extremely important for my research career, for not only did the award provide generous financial support for my dissertation, it directly inspired my subsequent research pipeline to focus on practically relevant topics with measurable impact on the investment management industry. Throughout my interactions with professionals in different teams at BlackRock during the entire process, I was constantly impressed by their broad knowledge of frontier topics and methods in both finance and technology, and their ability to effectively integrate these knowledge in large-scale investment settings.

I strongly encourage Ph.D. candidates to apply for the BlackRock Applied Research Award, and benefit from the valuable interactions with BlackRock team members. You will learn a lot from them.”

2015 Finalists


  • Olivier Darmouni, Assistant Professor of Business, Columbia University; Ph.D. in Economics, Princeton University
  • Ryan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Finance, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder; Ph.D. in Finance, London Business School
  • Binying Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Ph.D. in, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Arlene Wong, Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University; Ph.D. in Economics, Northwestern University

2015 Academic Panel

  • Wei Jiang, Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise, Columbia Business School
  • Ronald Kahn, Managing Director, Global Head of Scientific Equity Research at BlackRock
  • Andrew Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance and Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Jessica Wachter, Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania