The Society of Actuaries James C. Hickman Scholar program was established to increase the number of academic actuaries who hold a PhD 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 research and education needs of the profession, including both the theoretical and practical aspects. An SOA Hickman Scholar is named on the basis of individual merit.
Individuals who meet the following requirements may apply: applicants must be enrolled fulltime, have recently been admitted or are currently applying to a qualifying doctoral program in the United States or Canada; applicants must hold a fellowship-level actuarial credential or are pursuing associateship or fellowship membership of an accrediting actuarial organization; and all applicants must have at least two actuarial exams passed. This scholarship is renewable up to two times.