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14th European Microfinance Research Award

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Organised by EMN every year since 2008, this European Microfinance Research Award promotes continuous academic research on microfinance and its impact on combating social and financial exclusion, especially encouraging contributions from young researchers.

*** UPDATE 19/05 ***
The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2021 EMN Research Award has been extended. Participants now have until 16 June 2021 to submit their entries. The rest of the procedure has been updated accordingly.


Ahead of the 18th EMN Annual Conference which will take place on 15 October 2021, EMN is pleased to announce the 14th edition of the European Microfinance Research Award. The award is supported by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and comes with a grant of €2,000.

Papers eligible for selection should present ongoing or finalised research on issues related to microfinance in European countries, exclusively. Papers exploring the crucial role of microfinance within the context of COVID-19 recovery efforts will be especially valued. Other subjects are equally welcome, e.g. those related to social and inclusive entrepreneurship, microcredit interest rates and their determinants, gender inclusion, microfinance and climate change, microfinance impact. Young researchers are especially invited to present their work for this award.

Only papers written in English will be accepted.

Based on predetermined selection criteria (relevance, innovativeness, structure, literature review, methodology and applicability), the EMN Selection Committee will choose three finalist papers. These will be disseminated online and published on a dedicated page on the EMN website.

Finally, based on the Selection Committee’s decision, one outstanding paper will be awarded the 2021 European Microfinance Research Award. The winner will be invited to participate in the EMN Annual Conference. 

Abstracts following the template below must be sent to EMN: The selection process schedule will be as follows:

  • Submission of abstracts: Wednesday, 16th June 2021
  • Acceptance notification: Monday, 21st June 2021
  • Submission of full papers: Wednesday, 11th August 2021

The award winner will be notified by email no later than 24th September 2021.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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To know more about the European Microfinance Research Award, check out previous editions:

Read more about the 2020 edition (online)

Read more about the 2019 edition (Vienna, Austria)

Read more about the 2018 edition (Bilbao, Spain)

Read more about the 2017 edition (Venice, Italy)

Read more about the 2016 edition (Warsaw, Poland)

Read more about the 2015 edition (Dublin, Ireland)


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