The CBK Award to Young Economists

“Financial technology and challenges in terms of cyber security“

“Opportunities and challenges faced by financial institutions in Kosovo during 2021”

“The impact of digitalization on the banking system”

One of these topics may be selected

The Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo (CBK), in the field of financial education and in order to promote research among young economists in Kosovo, has created the opportunity to award a prize for the best study presented by young economists.

Papers for this award must be in the field of financial sector and economic development in Kosovo, with special emphasis, they should be focused on one of the following topics:

  1.  “Financial technology and challenges in terms of cyber security“
  2. “Opportunities and challenges faced by financial institutions in Kosovo during 2021”
  3. “The impact of digitalization on the banking system”

In this regard, the CBK will organize a special event to announce the best submitted papers, as defined in the following text;

Acceptance rules:

1. The submitted topic must meet the criteria of a scientific paper. It may be in the form of graduate thesis (Bachelor), postgraduate thesis (Master), or in the form of a doctoral thesis (PhD).

2. In competition, with the submitted paper, the candidate must be the lead author.

3. The topic must be written in Albanian or in English language.

4. Format: the submitted paper should not be longer than 25 pages, the font should be in Times New Roman 12, double space. The executive summary should not be longer than one page and the list of all references should be attached to the paper.

5. The selection commission composed of CBK’s staff, not only selects the paper to be published by the CBK, but may also suggest one or more of the young competing economists to be awarded a prize.

The selection commission will review the papers using the general criteria approved by the CBK leaders: (a) the subject's interest in the Kosovo-international economy (b) the quality of scientific research or synthesis, and (c) the quality of writing. In addition, the research and writings of others, included in the submitted paper, should be well identified in the footnotes and bibliographic references.

6. The first prize will be awarded with EUR 1,000, the second prize with EUR 700 and the third prize with EUR 500.

7. Without prejudice to point no. 6, the final decision on the number of awards depends on the quality of the submitted papers, and the decision will be taken at the end by the selection commission. Therefore, the number of prizes will not necessarily be one or more than.

8. Previous award winners and current employees of the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo may not apply with their papers in this competition.

9. Interested students may apply by:

–submitting their papers in electronic version (PDF) to: info@bqk-kos.org, accompanied by three written copies sent to the following address: Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo (CBK), Attn. “The CBK Award to Young Economists”, Garibaldi Street No. 33, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo.

– Name of the lead author of the topic and the respective university/faculty. (In case students cooperate with their professors while working on the topic).
– Copy of ID card.

10. The deadline for submission will be: 30 November 2021.