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.
You accept any and all Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge decisions from Credit Suisse and Project Firefly to be final and binding in all respects.
The purpose of the Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge (Academy Challenge) is to recognize outstanding essay and video contributions from individual students and recent graduates.
No participation fee or purchase is required.
1. To be considered for a prize, the Academy Challenge participant must be a current university student (full or part time, studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral Degree) or a recent graduate. For more information, please see the Participants section of these rules.
2. All Academy Challenge participants are required to follow the registration and the submission process on the Project Firefly website. For questions regarding submission style and process requirements please see the Academy Challenge info pages of this website.
3. The Academy Challenge consists of two stages that must be successfully completed to be considered for full set of prizes offered. For more information regarding prizes please see the Prizes section of these rules. Additionally you can find the full details of each stage in the Submissions and Evaluation section of these rules.
4. The Terms and Conditions as published on this Project Firefly Internet page, shall in its current form also apply to this Academy Challenge. By registering and each time when making submissions, the Academy Challenge participant accepts these Terms & Conditions and undertakes to adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated therein.
5. Where Project Firefly’s Terms and Conditions and these rules differ, these rules will take precedent.
6. For a summary of all prizes available please review the Prizes page.
7. To be considered for a chance at an interview with the Credit Suisse Research Institute the participant has to successfully participate in at least Stage One of the Academy Challenge. Please see rule 15 for further information.
8. To be considered for all prizes other than possible interviews with Credit Suisse the participant has to successfully participate in both stages of the Academy Challenge.
9. To win an invitation to the Credit Suisse Research Institute Spring meeting in New York, United States, Academy Challenge participants must be able to visit the United States and attend the New York conference on May 18 and 19, 2017. Participants should expect travel requirements to increase the time needed to attend the conference.
10. In winning an invitation to collaborate with the Credit Suisse Research Institute and other departments, Academy Challenge participants will be invited to visit one of the following locations: London, United Kingdom, Zurich, Switzerland or New York, United States. Participants will be invited to stay for up to two consecutive weeks in 2017 at a time to be agreed. Participants should expect travel requirements to increase the time needed to complete the visit.
11. The winning participant invited to London, United Kingdom, Zurich, Switzerland or New York, United States to collaborate with the Credit Suisse Research Institute and other departments may also collaborate remotely from their choice of location. The participant is not entitled to any other prize or compensation in cash or by other means for the travel and accommodation costs that the Credit Suisse Research Institute would otherwise have met.
12. To win the Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge Prizes participants must be able to visit London, Zurich or New York using an agreed travel mode and plan with the Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly (i.e. Credit Suisse Research Institute must be able to approve and book the appropriate parts of the journey).
13. Please note, all reasonable costs associated with the winner’s attendance of Prizes - the CSRI Spring meeting and the further collaboration with the CSRI team in London, New York or Zurich will be met by the CSRI team, this includes flight, accommodation and living-costs for the duration of the prizes. Please note the CSRI team will decide on its own discretion and confirm what costs they deem reasonable with the winner once the winner has been identified.
14. Academy Challenge participants must have a valid passport (which must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of travel) and, if required, visa applications must be made by the Academy Challenge participant at their own risk. As a guide for United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom’s visa requirements please see:
The Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly bear no responsibility for the current accuracy of the information provided on any of these links. If a participant is unable to travel to the relevant countries at the relevant times for whatever reason such participant is not entitled to any other prize or compensation in cash or by other means.
15. The Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.
16. The Credit Suisse Research Institute will conduct general informational interviews for any possible internship or other positions. The interviews will not take place until Stage Two winners are announced. Any potential interviews will be offered at the sole discretion of the Credit Suisse Research Institute. These decisions will be final and binding.
17. Participation in the Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge cannot in any way be deemed to give rise to any contractual relations with Credit Suisse or any of its affiliates and in particular any employment rights.
18. Please note that the Credit Suisse Research Institute may require prize winners to sign particular legal documentation before collaborating with them, for example a separate Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
19. An Academy Challenge participant’s proof of current matriculation or recent graduation from their degree studies will be based solely on their attestation confirming current enrolment or graduation from their place of study. This will be done by selecting agreement to the current Project Firefly Terms and conditions on the ‘Submit your work’ page. Users who do not select the current terms and conditions tick box will not be able to submit. An electronic copy of a participant’s university matriculation/graduation certificate may be requested from Academy Challenge prize winners or participants who Project Firefly or the CSRI wishes to further investigate.
20. Participants from previous Credit Suisse sponsored competitions can enter the Challenge provided they meet the requirement of current matriculation or recent graduation.
21. Past participants of the CSRI Academy Challenge can also take part in this Challenge provided:
• They meet the other eligibility requirements of the Challenge, such as matriculation as a current student or a recent graduate
• They were not classed as a 1st place winner in a past iteration of the Challenge.
22. To be considered for a prize, the Academy Challenge participant must be a current university student (full or part time, studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral Degree) or a recent graduate.
23. Recent graduates are defined as:
• having graduated no earlier than 2014.
• Bachelor and Master Graduates, should be at the beginning of their career and should not have completed more than 3 years full time professional employment.
• MBA and PHD graduates should not have completed more than 5 years professional employment taking into consideration work completed before and/or after their MBA or PHD.
24. Challenge, participants can be or have been employees, of Credit Suisse or any of its affiliates. They can also be or have been employees, of an organization who Credit Suisse deems to be a direct competitor. Please note due to some confidentiality issues it will be at the sole discretion of the CSRI team to decide if a winner with a connection to a direct competitor can attend all parts of the winner’s events. If any participant is unsure as to their eligibility they can write directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
25. The Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly reserve the right to check the validity of the registration information submitted by participants at any stage during the challenge and to ask for copies of ID documents from the university cited by the student or recent graduate. The Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly also reserve the right to refuse participation of, or to disqualify, at any time during the Challenge, participants who have submitted incorrect or misleading information. Participants will have no recourse against disqualification decisions.
26. If the participant is the prize winner and cannot attend the Credit Suisse Research Institute Spring meeting in New York, United States they must inform Project Firefly within 5 working days from the “winners’ notification” e-mail being sent. The winner will automatically surrender their prize. In those circumstances, the participant judged to have submitted the best contribution within the prize pool of ‘Honorable Mentions’ will be promoted to become the prize winner. The original winner will then be moved to the prize pool of ‘Honorable Mentions’.
27. The deadline for Stage One submissions is March 19, 2017 at 23:59 in the last time zone (UTC-12).
28. All submissions should be made in English.
29. Each participant can submit a maximum of either one text OR one video.
30. Texts should not be more than 400 words (excluding bibliography, endnotes, etc.).
31. Videos should last no longer than 1 minute.
Stage One and Stage Two submissions
32. Project Firefly will invite the winners of Stage One to take part in Stage Two by April 3, 2017.
33. The deadline for Stage Two submissions is April 23, 2017 at 23:59 in the last time zone (UTC-12).
34. Each participant can submit a maximum of either one essay OR one video.
35. Essays should not be less than 800 or more than 1500 words (excluding bibliography, endnotes, etc.).
37. The Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge winner will be announced on May 1, 2017.Stage One and Stage Two submissions
38. Please do NOT put your name or a university name anywhere on the submission.
39. Authors of videos should not reveal their name or university in the video.
40. Text or essay submissions should not include a cover page.
41. All diagrams and figures included should be original or otherwise properly cited: For video and text please use endnotes and bibliography. Paste them into the ‘References’ box on the 'Submit Your Work' page.
42. Video submissions should include the full text of the spoken parts of your presentation. The script should be included in “submit your work” box on the submission page of the Project Firefly ‘Submit Your Work’ page.
43. When submitting a video please be sure to submit the correct link, for further details please see the How to Submit page.
44. General evaluation criteria for the Academy Challenge stages can be found on the Submission Prep page.
45. The bibliography style is open, where referencing internet sources please provide a link if available.
46. The support of other professors and/or university staff must be limited to general information relating to the subject matters taught in the university programs and must not relate to the Academy Challenge questions. Unauthorized or excessive assistance will lead to disqualification.
47. None of the submissions will be published on the Project Firefly website until the submission period for Stage Two of the Academy Challenge has closed.
48. Submissions are evaluated for publication by the Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board. Only those submissions that pass Project Firefly’s quality controls will be passed through to the Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board and will be eligible for participation in the Academy Challenge.
49. Academy Challenge participants must fully reference all sources used; whether submissions with high levels of referenced information contain enough value to be considered admissible for the Academy Challenge will be at the discretion of Project Firefly, the Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
50. The Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board will select the participants to take part in Stage Two of the Academy Challenge.
51. The Stage Two winner will be selected by Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board and the Credit Suisse Research Institute from the eligible Stage Two submissions. A video or telephone interview may be arranged with the possible winner to verify any further pertinent facts and discuss the submission further.
52. The Credit Suisse Research Institute and Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board decisions will be final. Each participant will be informed of the result by e-mail. General Academy Challenge details can be found on the Project Firefly website, there will be no further communication regarding the final selection process. There is no right of recourse by any Academy Challenge participant against Project Firefly’s Academic Review Board, Project Firefly, the Credit Suisse Research Institute and Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates in respect of any decision jointly or individually made by them in relation to any of the rules detailed on this page.
53.The Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates and Project Firefly will have co-publishing rights for all contributions submitted to Project Firefly for the 2017 Credit Suisse Research Institute Academy Challenge. Ownership of the essays, videos, ideas, innovations, etc. shall remain the property of the inventing party. The Academy Challenge participant grants Project Firefly, Credit Suisse Research Institute as well as Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, fully paid-up and royalty-free right to publish submissions including the right to publish the same online and offline, in whole or in part, on the Project Firefly Website, in internal company magazines or newsletters without any consideration, payment or compensation. Please also note section 4 of the Terms & Conditions.
54. As part of the Academy Challenge the Credit Suisse Research Institute, Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates will be able to receive and select data from the participant registration data and regarding the submissions received (including the selection and evaluation process). This may also mean that a Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliate company will contact Academy Challenge participants directly. Academy Challenge participant’s data will be used solely for the purpose of career development activities and potential recruiting activities. For more information on your data please see the data protection section of the Terms and Conditions of this website.
Gaining recognition in the Project Firefly community
There are many ways of being recognized as a valued participant in the Project Firefly community and to become a future thought leader. With the Project it could be through the submission of a number of compelling essays or videos. A single outstanding piece of work can also merit recognition and be awarded with a badge. Recognizing top submissions is integral to the merit based principle of Project Firefly. The Academic Review Board has developed three levels of status, all of which have successfully met the requirements for publication, as well as other awards.
Over time you can achieve higher levels of status and earn awards. Each badge is associated with differentiated benefits and levels of career support, Elite Analysts being given the most opportunities. As you develop your portfolio of submissions, you will be able to differentiate yourself from your peers and potentially create an excellent track record to appeal to forward thinking organizations. You can learn more about how to earn levels and awards and about the associated benefits by clicking on each badge. It's your Project Firefly!
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