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CSRI Academy Challenge 2017

Win a spot on a world class roundtable

Compete for an unprecedented experience to join the roundtable discussions at the CSRI Spring Meeting in New York, US and shape the global agenda

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)

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Max 400 words or 1 min video

Online Submissions

Feb 8 - Mar 19

Present your thoughts on the Future of Politics by submitting either:

A one page extended abstract, max 400 words
A one minute video

Idea Development

April 3 - 23

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

New York

May 18 - 19

Be part of a select round table and engage with renowned fellow participants who are shaping the global agenda.

2 weeks - TBC

Jul 3 - Nov 30

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.

Urs Rohner

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Credit Suisse Group AG

Sir John Major

Former British Prime Minister

Ernesto Zedillo

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.

CSRI Winner

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.

TOP 20

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.

Hear from Past Winners

Submission Prep

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!


General Rules

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.

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Stage 1 submissions close on March 19, 2017

Competition Order: