IRUA Scholars Program 2022

The IRUA Scholars Committee invites interns and recently graduated employees of IRUA member companies to participate in our annual Scholars essay contest.  Participating scholars will submit a 3,000-4,000-word white paper on an industry-relevant topic of their choosing, with the winning entries earning monetary prizes to help offset their education expenses.

For the 2022 Contest, Eligibility is Open to Any Individual Who:

Interested individuals must complete and submit an application, available Here

Choice of topic is entirely up to the participant and papers should provide a detailed explanation of the topic, its relevance to and (potential) impact on the reinsurance industry. Authors must cite all sources in footnotes and must have contractual right to use any graphics or images.  Papers must be submitted in Microsoft Word format by September 2nd, 2022.

The IRUA Scholars Committee will review the submissions and determine the winning participants and the number and value of prizes to be awarded.  Winners will be announced no later than mid-October, and the grand prize winner will see their paper published in a future issue of the IRUA’s Journal of Reinsurance.  The unique Journal has, over the past 25 years, published over 400 articles on a variety of reinsurance-related topics and enjoys a wide readership that includes The Institutes, who utilize it as a source for CPCU study materials. All articles are available to members and subscribers in the “JOR Archive” section of our website.

In addition to the essay contest, the Scholars Committee endeavors to build relationships with college and university risk management and insurance programs across the country with the goal of expanding exposure to career paths in the reinsurance industry.  Specific programming is under development and we welcome hearing from students, alumni, educators and administrators as we build on our engagement.


  • In 2021, a total of $12,000 was awarded among the top four authors.
  • Participants can be working in any department at their employer/host company; however, the host company must be an IRUA member. Don’t know if your company is a member?  Contact Jerry Wallis at


Application due date:  As soon as you decide to participate.
Essay Due Date
:  September 2, 2022
Submission of Application & Essay:  Application and Word-formatted essays are to be emailed to Maria Sclafani at  We will confirm receipt of applications and essays by return email.

A copy of the essay contest’s eligibility criteria can be obtained by clicking on the link below.

Click HERE to download the application
Click HERE to download the criteria.