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Applications for 2017 now closed

The deadline for the 2017 application passed on 6 March 2017. 

The winner will be announced at the 2017 Risk Summit

The Centre for Risk Studies, in conjunction with McKinsey & Company, is pleased to announce the 2017 annual risk prize. An award will be made for the best submission on risk management by a current student at Cambridge Judge Business School or selected University of Cambridge departments.

The winner and two honourable mentions will be announced in early June 2017.  The winner will be awarded a prize of £3,000 at the Cambridge Risk Centre's annual conference on 23 June 2017. The prize award ceremony will be at a plenary session attended by finance, industry and academic delegates. Judges will include members of McKinsey's Global Risk Practice, the Editor-in-Chief of the McKinsey Working Papers, and members of the Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School. Eligibility for the prize and honourable mentions requires attendance of the prize award ceremony. 

How to apply

Entries should be in the form of an illustrated document no longer than 10 pages, including appendices and references. Exhibits and data tables are encouraged. The subject matter should speak directly to risk management in areas such as governance, risk in strategy, risk modelling, risk metrics, or risk as a general subject. Potential subjects include regulation, corporations, global strategy and financial institutions.

Entrants are encouraged to view McKinsey's latest thinking on risk

Entrants taking the Easter Term elective, "Risk Management and Strategic Planning", may submit their course projects for the risk prize. The prize is open to all students at Cambridge Judge Business School and selected University of Cambridge departments.

Entries must be submitted as a single document in PDF format by midnight 6 March 2017 by emailing with a subject line of "RISK PRIZE: your name and paper title".

The PDF document must include:

  1. Title page
  2. A paper of 10 pages or less
  3. A signed copy of the prize declaration
  4. A bio-sketch & photo page form.

Download McKinsey Risk Prize declaration and bio-sketch & photo page form (docx, 372KB) 

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