Deadlines for many IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) award, scholarship, and competition programs are approaching soon. Details are below:

For Students:

IMA Memorial Education Fund (MEF) Scholarships and Stuart Cameron & Margaret McLeod Memorial Scholarship (SCMS) – IMA student members who have not previously received awards under these programs can apply for these scholarships, which bestow awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline: March 10, 2021.

IMA Century Scholarship Award – This scholarship is available to undergraduate junior and senior students of IMA-endorsed schools or schools with IMA student chapters. The recipient will receive an award of $7,500. In addition to the monetary award, the recipient will be offered a CMA Scholarship. Deadline: March 10, 2021.

IMA Student Manuscript Competition – This program provides any IMA student member with the opportunity to share his or her IMA student membership experience via an 800-word essay. View the 2020 winning submission by Kiara Sims of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Deadline: March 20, 2021.

IMA Student Case Competition – Teams of students respond to a case by preparing and submitting a videotaped presentation, which is then judged by select IMA members. The top four teams receive $3,000 and the winning team receives an additional $2,000. Deadline: February 2, 2021.

For Chapters:

Award of Excellence and Outstanding Student Chapter Competition – Student chapters compete for a gold, silver, or bronze Award of Excellence by promoting IMA's mission and vision and by providing a variety of activities and services to their student members. Up to five chapters will be selected from all qualifying Gold submissions to be recognized as Outstanding Student Chapters. The first submission was due by October 31, 2020; the second submission is due by March 31, 2021

Clark Johnson Achievement Award – This award recognizes a student chapter whose efforts best reflect outstanding leadership through innovation, organizational development, and interdependent partnerships. View the 2020 winning entry from Stark State College. The winning chapter receives a $5,000 award. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

For Academics:

NEW! IECJ® Data Analytics/Visualization Case Writing Competition – This new competition seeks cases for publication in the IMA Educational Case Journal on the topic of data analytics and visualization. Cash prizes awarded for the top three winning cases. Deadline: June 30, 2021.

Distinguished Scholar Award – This award recognizes a researcher who has made outstanding contributions over a sustained period of time to the applied management accounting literature. This award recognizes the accomplishments of a mid-career or later nominee. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

IMA Emerging Scholar Award – This award recognizes an early-career researcher who has made a meaningful and important contribution to the applied management accounting literature. Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Management Accounting Section Dissertation Award – Sponsored through the Dissertation Award Committee of the AAA’s Management Accounting Section, this award recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of cost or management accounting. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Jim Bulloch Award for Innovations in Management Accounting Education – This award, administered by the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, honors academicians for their outstanding contribution to the field of management accounting education. Deadline: March 1, 2021

Faculty Leadership Award – This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated (at the national, regional, and/or local level) exemplary leadership within and service to IMA. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague or yourself. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Ursel K. Albers Campus Advocate Award – This award was established to provide an opportunity to recognize an IMA student chapter advisor who has made significant contributions to IMA overall and to IMA student members in particular. Please consider nominating a deserving faculty advisor. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

R. Lee Brummet Award – Named for a former IMA president, this award honors academicians who promote achievements of management accounting and financial management through teaching, research, and service. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague or yourself. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Research Grant Program – The IMA Research Foundation funds timely research on accounting and financial management subjects that can be applied to current and emerging business issues. Deadline: rolling.

IECJ Spring Short Case Writing Competition – Submit short cases in any area of management accounting. Those reflecting “real-world” situations are strongly preferred. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

IECJ Summer Case Writing Competition – IMA educators are encouraged to submit entries for a case writing competition in the area of management accounting or related fields. Deadline: July 31, 2021.


To find out more about any of these awards, please visit the Student Scholarships and Awards and Educator Awards pages on the IMA website or contact Kerry Butkera, IMA research and academic relations administrator, at