The Society of Actuaries James C. Hickman Scholar program was established to increase the number of academic actuaries who hold a Ph.D. and an actuarial designation, and who intend to pursue academic careers in the United States or Canada. The program is designed to provide stipends to doctoral students who will, through their studies, address the research and education needs of the profession, including both the theoretical and practical aspects. Individuals who meet the following requirements may apply: Enrolled full-time, have recently been admitted, or are currently applying to a qualifying doctoral program in the United States or Canada. A qualifying doctoral program is one in actuarial science or a field related to actuarial science (e.g. business, demography, economics, financial economics, insurance, mathematics, risk management, statistics).
Applicants may apply at the same time they are applying for a doctoral program; if selected these applicants will be awarded the stipend conditional upon enrollment in a qualifying doctoral program. Applicants must hold a Fellowship–level actuarial credential or are pursuing Associateship or Fellowship membership of an accrediting actuarial organization (i.e. AI, CAS, CIA, IFoA, SOA). Applicants who are already Associate members (including those awarded the CERA designation) will be expected to pursue a Fellowship credential. All applicants must have at least two actuarial exams passed. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.