About the Award

The annual AQR Insight Award, sponsored by AQR Capital Management, recognizes and rewards important, unpublished papers that provide the most significant new practical insights for institutional investors and Registered Investment Advisors. Up to three papers share a $100,000 prize. As members of a global investment-management firm that is rooted in academia but executes in the real world, we read a lot of academic finance papers. The ones that get our attention are hard-hitting, with application to the real-word challenges our investors face. The winners always deliver on three challenges: What’s groundbreaking? What’s actionable? And what holds up to rigorous review?

The Topics

We are open to papers on any investment-related topic — such as asset allocation, security selection, portfolio construction or risk management — as long as they deliver clear, significant insights for asset managers.

Award Details

  • Papers must be unpublished or forthcoming. If forthcoming, not to be published before December 15, 2017.
  • Authors will be asked to submit a brief additional note (no more than 250 words) summarizing the practical implications of their research.
  • Format: Paper must be submitted as a Word or PDF file. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Deadline: 12 midnight EST on January 15, 2018.
  • Up to five finalists will be invited to present their research to AQR’s investment teams in Greenwich, Connecticut, in April 2018. AQR will cover all travel costs for the finalists.
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  • AQR Capital Management, LLC reserves the right to deem, in its sole judgment, an entrant ineligible to participate in the AQR Insight Award due to any conflict of interest, whether known or perceived. Such conflict may include, but is not limited to, the fact that an entrant or an immediate family member of an entrant is the employee of an existing or potential client of AQR.

Questions? Please email insightaward@aqr.com