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ESG 2023 Research Papers Sought


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Third Annual Research Competition

Call for Student Research Papers on Corporate Social Responsibility, ESG Investing in Fixed Income and Sustainable Finance

The Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc. (FIASI) in collaboration with Fordham University’s Center for Research in Contemporary Finance and the O’Shea Center for Credit Analysis and Investment are inviting research applications for the Third  Annual FIASI-Gabelli School Student Research Competition on environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused investments and innovations in sustainable finance. This co-branded competition invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their ongoing original research on the topic of sustainable finance in fixed income or related markets. Although the primary focus of this competition is to encourage student research on sustainable finance and ESG in the fixed income markets, research papers in related markets but still relevant for fixed income will also be accepted. The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness of environmental, social and governance-based principles of investing in the fixed income markets as a research area, address challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of ESG in fixed income, promote the further development of sustainable finance in the design of fixed income investments as well as corporate innovations, and to gain more visibility for and encourage conversations among students, academics, as well as practitioners. 

The competition will recognize up to eight research papers in year 2023, with each winning submission receiving an award of up to $5,000 and recognition at the FIASI Sustainable Finance in Fixed Income conference scheduled to be held on or about April 20-21, 2023, to coincide with Earth Day 2023.  Payments will be made directly to the recipients. This grant does not in any way preclude subsequent publication of the research in the journals of the recipients’ choice. The recipients should agree to acknowledge this grant in all publications and presentations, and to present the research at a mutually convenient date following the FIASI conference.  For reference, last May, one competition winner, one runner up and three honorable mention competition winners were announced*, each receiving a monetary award ranging in amounts from $500 to $5,000, and the first prize and runner up winners presented their research papers at a virtual event hosted jointly by FIASI and Fordham.  

This year, the Competition is being expanded to include schools with business programs located throughout the US and students are welcome to submit their research for the competition. Examples of student submissions include PhD. dissertations, Masters theses, Honors program theses, or any similar researches. Research papers co-authored between students and faculty are also welcome. Submissions from undergraduate, master, and PhD students will be evaluated in separated pools and awards will be chosen independently from these pools. 

All submissions should consist of the following:

  • A cover page with title, names of authors, e-mail addresses and affiliation, including any past or present corporate affiliations;
  • An abstract of up to 150 words;
  • A research paper; and  
  • A copy of (each) researcher’s resume.

A review committee will select the winners from the submitted research papers. In making its selections, the committee will seek input from colleagues at both FIASI and the Gabelli School of Business finance area. The review committee will consist of members drawn from the academic community, the fixed income industry as well as past competition winners.  

Research papers will be judged based on the originality and relevance of the research question as well as the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the research methodology.

Applicants should submit their proposals to Pamela Huang, at Fordham University, by February 24, 2023. Decisions will be made on or prior to April 17, 2023. 

The competition is co-funded by the Fixed Income Analysts Society and Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. 

Additional questions or inquiries should be directed to Pamela Huang, at Fordham University, or Lauren Nauser, Executive Director, FIASI at

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