Call for Papers/Grants
The BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Center at SMU

The BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Center at SMU provides financial support for high quality academic research projects related to hedge funds or to the impact of hedge funds on financial markets. The research should have important implications for institutional fund management. The center only supports projects proposed by post-doctoral researchers who are employed full-time in academic organizations.

NATURE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: The center awards grants of SGD 15,000 apiece. The number of papers/proposals funded each year will vary, although we envisage funding about three papers/proposals each year.

We pay directly to the researcher, unless otherwise requested. Payment will be sent upon receipt of a suitably completed manuscript within one year of the award. All publications (including working papers) that are funded must acknowledge the support in an introductory footnote.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Completed papers will be distributed to the center's sponsor, BNP Paribas, as part of the research program. This distribution does not in any way preclude subsequent publication of the paper in a journal of the researcher's choice. We may also invite authors to present their completed papers at the center's seminars or annual conference.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send all applications to the center director, Professor Melvyn Teo, at the following e-mail address:

The papers will be reviewed in a double blind process by the research board which includes Professor Bill Fung (London Business School), Professor Narayan Naik (London Business School), Mr Aaron Low (Lumen Advisors), and Mr Praveen Kanakamedala (Fauchier Partners).

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The submission should consist of two PDF files with the following: 1. A cover page with the proposal title followed on separate lines by the author name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. If the proposal has multiple authors repeat the name and address block on separate lines for each additional author. A copy of each researcher's curriculum vitae should be attached to this cover page.
2. An anonymous PDF file consisting of:
(a) The proposal title and a short abstract of no more than one page.
(b) A statement of research objectives and a literature review placing the study in context.
(c) A clear and detailed description of the research method and the expected form of the results, together with a discussion of the relevance of the project to hedge funds.
(d) A proposed timetable.
(e) Late stage papers should include an anonymous copy of the completed project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline for consideration in the next evaluation is October 31st, 2012.

Posted 7/21/12