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Financial Support and Recognition for Insurance Experts

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Actuaries planning or working on research into an insurance-related topic could benefit from prizes and grants worth thousands of dollars, or recognition in leading industry journals.

The Geneva Association, a leading global insurance think tank, fosters and promotes research in insurance issues, whether related to economics, finance, health and aging, pensions or risk management.

This month, it issued a challenge to Canadian actuaries to submit their research for consideration for one of a number of initiatives run by the association.

Prizes and Grants

Those who are working on or have completed a doctoral thesis are eligible to compete for the annual Ernst Meyer Prize, worth 5,000 Swiss francs (about $5,500 CAD). It is presented for a university thesis which makes a significant and original contribution to the study of risk and insurance economics. The thesis must have been presented at the candidate's university within the 15 months preceding the submission deadline.

The Geneva Association, in partnership with the International Insurance Society, also sponsors an annual program for applied research in the insurance area. The program is designed to create original, practically-oriented research which address insurance business issues and areas of concern for senior insurance executives around the world. Researchers, who can earn a prize of up to $10,000 U.S., present their winning paper at the IIS annual meeting and their work will be published.

Every year, the association offers two grants of CHF10,000 (about  $11,100 CAD) on topics related to economic theory and economic practice in insurance. It also grants authors of submitted university theses in the field of risk and insurance economics a subsidy of up to CHF3,000 (about $3,300 CAD) to help defray printing costs.

Academic Publications and Conferences

The Geneva Association also seeks articles and speakers for its publications and conferences:
  • The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice is a peer-reviewed journal designed to improve the scientific knowledge of insurance and stimulate constructive dialogue between the industry and its economic and social partners.
  • The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review is a refereed journal that provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of findings and opinions on the economics of risk, uncertainty, insurance and related institutions.
  • The Annual Seminar of the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists (EGRIE) promotes academic research on risk and insurance economics. The event is considered one of the most prestigious academic meetings in risk and insurance economics.
  • The Joint Seminar of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) and the Geneva Association takes place every two years in Europe to hear presentations from academics on a specific subject related to law and economics in insurance. Click here to learn more about the association's conferences.
For more details on the Geneva Association and how you can contribute, click on the links above or go to


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