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CAIA Scholarships

100 Women in Finance (100WF) is pleased to announce the seventh year of the 100WF CAIA Scholars program for The CAIA Charter. The 100WF CAIA Scholarship is open annually to 100WF members globally interested in pursuing a career in alternative investment management with a specific focus on portfolio management. The CAIA Foundation will award ten scholarships to extraordinary women intending to take the Level I CAIA Charter exam in September 2017.

The scholarship program, administered by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation, was established in 2011 in collaboration with the 100 Women in Finance Institute and Scholarship committee. The program is generously underwritten by PAAMCO in support of women seeking to earn the CAIA designation, the highest standard of education in alternative investments.

100WF members are encouraged to apply and forward the opportunity to eligible colleagues based on the criteria below.


100WF CAIA Scholarship Program Eligibility and Benefits


Applicants must:

  • Possess a minimum of one-year of professional experience in the alternative investments industry.
  • Pursue a career in alternative investment management with a specific focus on portfolio management.
  • Maintain full membership in 100 Women in Finance.
  • Ensure your employer does not currently reimburse the cost of the CAIA program.
  • Commit to register for the Level l CAIA exam in September 2017.
  • Commit to completing the program within three years of initial registration.
  • Agree, if selected, to serve as an organizational steward for CAIA by participating in organizational events and/or activities.
  • Allow CAIA to use your name, name of employer, photo, and/or excerpts from essay responses in support of CAIA marketing and communications campaigns.
  • Personally incur any retake costs or updated materials costs due to retakes.


Scholarship Package


100WF CAIA Scholarship Application Process


NOTE: Application cannot be saved in draft form. Please be sure you have ample time to complete the entire form and essay questions before starting. Please email foundation@caia.org with any questions.

Required program application materials include an online application form with three essays and the submission of two, typed letters of professional reference. Please ask reference providers to send letters to foundation@caia.org and include the applicant’s name and “reference letter” in the email subject line.

Applications to be considered for the 2017 entering CAIA class will be accepted beginning Monday, February 6, 2017. Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 31, 2017.  Click here to apply.


Selection and Notification of Applicant Status


Consistent with past years, application materials will be reviewed by CAIA Association Members who volunteer to serve on a dedicated Selection Committee. Reviewers will not evaluate application materials from applicants employed by his/her firm or organization. CAIA will provide reviewers with an established, 4-point scoring rubric whereby essay responses are judged on the basis of ambition, clarity, commitment, and innovation. CAIA will notify applicants of award status by email by mid-May.

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