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Abstract submission

Please note that abstract submission is now closed. 

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance - 1st April 2022

Deadline for submission of full paper - 1st May 2022

ERCM Best Graduate Paper Award

An award for the Best Graduate Paper will be made during the 7th European Research Conference on Microfinance (ERCM) in Glasgow. First place will receive a prize of 1000euros and will be invited to the European Microfinance Week (EMW) in Luxembourg (EMW entry, travel, and accommodation); and second place will receive 500euros and an entry to EMW. Both winners will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation on their paper during a plenary session at the ERCM in Glasgow, and a short presentation at EMW.


To be eligible for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  •          be a graduate (PhD, Masters or equivalent) student at the time of submitting an abstract to the conference. 

  •          be registered to attend the ERCM. 

  •          have a paper accepted for presentation at the ERCM.

  •          present the accepted paper at the ERCM.

  •          be the primary/lead or sole author of the submitted paper.

  •          not have published their paper at the time of submission to the ERCM.


To apply for the award, applicants must:

  •          have received confirmation that their abstract has been accepted for presentation at the conference.

  •          submit two documents saved as pdfs within the same email to on or by 1st May, 2022:

    •  a fully blinded conference paper. This should be no more than 20 A4 pages (including tables and references) and no more than 7,000 words. One and a half spaced 12-point font should be used with standard margins of 2.5cm. Appendices will be accepted only for details of questionnaires and not for additional tables or other material. Any papers not meeting these limits will be excluded from the competition.

    • a separate cover sheet containing title, author and institution details and, when a co-authored paper, the contributions of all authors including the applicant.

    •  all papers must be written in English.


The criteria and process for the award:

  •          submitted papers are considered by a panel commissioned by the conference organisers.

  •          papers will be assessed according to the following criteria:

 1. clear grasp of the literature

 2. research question/aim corresponds to a clear knowledge gap. 

 3. demonstrates an understanding of the methodology used and the methodology is applied correctly.

 4. clearly presents the findings.

 5. discusses findings in relation to the literature and makes it clear how this has advanced knowledge.

  • The two winners only will be informed of the result prior to the ERCM to allow preparation for their plenary presentation. Results will be communicated by end of w/c 6th June.

  • The award will be announced during the conference.

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