Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge 2015 for Graduate Students $15,000 in prizes

Deadline: Wednesday February 25, 2015

UN Academic Impact/ELS Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum 2015 for Students (Fully-funded)


Overall first place: $10,000

Overall runner up: $5,000

The organizers will provide airfare and lodging  for 2 nights in New York for the 10 finalist teams.


The Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge seeks to identify the next generation of sustainable finance practitioners, connect emerging leaders with industry professionals, and foster even greater emphasis on sustainability at graduate schools around the world.

Teams of graduate students are invited to submit a two-page prospectus by February 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST that outlines an innovative financial vehicle that addresses a sustainability challenge and meets the requirements of an institutional investor. Each prospectus should appropriately address the guidelines provided. Ten finalist teams will be selected from the pool of submissions and announced by March 13, 2015. Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges at Morgan Stanley in London on April 17, 2015. A panel of experienced investors and officers who currently manage pension funds, foundations, and institutional assets will review and judge the pitches. Judging criteria can be found here.


Graduate students from around the world are invited to participate in the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge.  Teams are limited to a maximum of four members, all of whom must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the prospectus submission, and the team cannot include more than one member who is pursuing an Executive MBA.  A team may include members from different graduate schools.  All ideas must be the original ideas of the team members.  Each team is required to submit a two-page prospectus outlining their proposal.  From the submitted prospectuses, ten teams will be selected to present at the finals competition.  At least one team member should be available to present at the finals competition, if the team is chosen to advance to that round, and all team members attending the finals competition should plan to stay for the entire event.   Please note that any team member not in attendance at the finals competition will not share in any prizes awarded to that team.

Get complete eligibility and requirements here.

See the FAQ for possible answers to your questions.


Submit an entry, having read through the guidelines provided on the website. 

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