About the Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy
The Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) Academy has been launched to build a network of bright minded students and recent graduates to foster their knowledge, develop fresh perspectives and showcase their skills to the CSRI.
Do you like exploring answers to the most pressing global issues? This is your opportunity to engage with some of today's most prominent thought leaders on issues of the day and earn global recognition for it.
Submissons for stage 1 close in XX days and XX hours! (UTC-12 TIME ZONE)
Max 400 words or 1 min video
Present your thoughts on the Future of Politics by submitting either:
A one page extended abstract, max 400 words
A one minute video
Earn the opportunity to receive 1:1 advice from renowned members of Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board before submitting either:
A 1,500 word essay
A 5 minute video
Be part of a select round table and engage with renowned fellow participants who are shaping the global agenda.
Engage with the CSRI and other Credit Suisse Business Heads in London, New York or Zurich to research and co-author an upcoming publication.
Diversity of opinions matter to us. The CSRI encourages degree students and recent graduates from any higher education institution and discipline to share their opinions
All Current Bachelor or Master Students
(Full or Part-time Students)
Studying any discipline
Participants should not have completed more than 3 years full time professional employment
All Current MBA or PHD candidates
(Full or Part-time Students)
Studying any discipline
Participants should not have completed more than 5 years full time professional employment
All Recent graduates
(Graduated in 2014 or later)
Studied any discipline
Bachelor and Master graduates should not have completed more than 3 years full time professional employment. MBA and PHD students should not have completed more than 5 years full time professional employment
Characterize and justify the two most likely political scenarios for the global political order over the next decade
Think hard about the possible scenarios going forward. Initially, define at least three or four scenarios. Make sure those scenarios don't overlap much. Then, ask what evidence leads you to conclude that two of the scenarios are the most likely. And, of course, the phrase "global political order" is deliberately chosen to be open to interpretation---so make sure you have a clear idea what constitutes that order and which elements of it might change.
The evaluators of your answer are not looking for a specific line of argument. Rather they want to read a well-reasoned argument backed up by compelling evidence.
Before submitting your answer you should take a look at the submission prep notes found here
World Renowned Thought Leaders
The winner will earn the opportunity to participate in a roundtable at the upcoming Credit Suisse Research Institute Spring Meeting in New York. They will have the unprecedented experience to interact and discuss with world renowned Thought Leaders.
For Further prizes, please see below.
Hear from Past Winners
Project Firefly’s ARB has provided guidance for the CSRI Academy Challenge 2017. We would recommend that you review the guidance however, its use is optional and, as always, each submission will be evaluated on its merit.
How to Submit
To help you avoid any issues when making your submission, please find a set of instructions to guide you through the submission process. We would always recommend you to check out the process in advance to ensure you experience a smooth submission process.
You can submit a video for one or both stages of the Challenge, don't forget to submit your script!
You can submit text for one or both stages of the Challenge, don't forget to submit your references!
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Credit Suisse Group AG
Sir John Major
Former British Prime Minister
Former President of Mexico
*Project Firefly and the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) will look to identify any outstanding candidates that could be interesting for Credit Suisse to engage with.
Attend and be part of the panel at the CSRI Spring Meeting New York, US on May 18 - 19, 2017.
Collaborate and research with the CSRI and associated research department heads for two weeks in London, Zurich or New York.
Work together with select members of the ARB.
Earn a certificate detailing your achievements. Opportunities to co-author papers with the CSRI.
Join the CSRI Academy Network and benefit from exclusive opportunities.
Before participating in the Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge, you should read the official rules in their entirety. By submitting you unconditionally agree to all of the terms and conditions of these official rules.
Terms & Conditions
Project Firefly is not only about meeting the world’s leading employers but also about interaction between Corporate Sponsors, professionals and the Contributors. For example, Project Firefly aims to provide the Contributors the opportunity to interact with professional advisers on topics such as preparing for entrance exams, career advice and networking.
Join for the opportunity to win a CFA Exam Sponsorship and further develop your unique set of skills! Are you new to the HOLT Community? We recommend all participants to first take the Online Game of the HOLT Valuation Challenge.
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View the complete topic here including the ARB Guidance for further insights on how to approach the task.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 23.59 in the last time zone (UTC-12)
You can submit an essay (max 1'000 words) or a video (max. 3:30 minutes). Check out the Submission Prep for more information regarding your work.
Participants can receive an exceptional set of rewards!
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by the ARB to participate in the debates.
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