Students: You do not need to pay to participate in the Research Challenge; however, there may be costs associated with travel to and from meetings and events. Local-level hosts may, at their discretion, provide financial assistance for transportation.
CFA Institute will cover round-trip economy airfare for the Winning Team of each eligible local-level competition (see our official rules) and one sponsored guest. CFA Institute only covers the lowest cost round trip option that takes travelers from their departure city to the competition location and back. If travelers decide to extend their stay, choose different layovers, etc. CFA Institute will only pay for lowest cost round-trip option. Extra costs will be incurred by the traveler.
CFA Institute does not cover the cost to attain a passport or visa in order to travel for the Research Challenge. If a travel visa is needed, CFA Institute will provide a sponsor letter to the local consulate or embassy to expedite the process.
Local hosts and societies: CFA Institute does provide funding for our local hosts. CFA Institute provides all local hosts with templates, sample budgets, advice on best practices, and ongoing support throughout the competition. Please contact us for more information.