CFA Institute Research Challenge


Registration links:

Americas Regional – Boston, USA

EMEA Regional – Dublin, Ireland

Asia Pacific Regional and Global Final – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Research Challenge Attendee Policy: All attendees must be registered and name badges are required for admittance to the event. Attendees must be registered no later than two weeks prior to the event. CFA Institute encourages teams to travel with supporters, however please be aware of the guest policy as not all attendees receive complimentary registration to the event.

Attendees that Receive Complimentary Registration: Attendees that may only attend the competition rounds:
  • Participating students
  • Team sponsored guest: faculty adviser or industry mentor
  • Faculty adviser or industry mentors not traveling as the team sponsored guest
  • Judges
  • Graders
  • Host coordinators
  • Society leaders and members
  • Verified employees of participating universities
  • Verified Research Challenge alumni
  • Sponsors/exhibitors, as approved
  • Other professors/university employees, as approved
  • Employers, as approved
  • Investment management professionals, as approved
  • Press, as approved


  • Supporting students
  • Friends
  • Family members


Research Challenge Hotel Policy: Hotel reservations are coordinated and guaranteed for participating students, team sponsored guests, judges, and one society member or host coordinator from each local host. For these attendees, CFA Institute will cover the cost of the room and taxes. Incidentals are the responsibility of the traveler and a credit card will be required to check-in. Other attendees must make hotel reservations independently. Changes to default room reservations including dates of arrival and departure, room requests, etc. must be made directly with the hotel.

Attire: Professional business attire is expected throughout the conference.