IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) invites students, student chapters, and educators to participate in the following competitions, awards, and scholarship programs, many of which have approaching deadlines: 

For Students:

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 are eligible to participate in a live competition at IMA's Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta next June; with the winning team receiving an additional $2,000. Deadline: February 2, 2020.

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, 2020.

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. Deadline: March 15, 2020.

CMA Scholarship Program – Students must be nominated by faculty members to receive this scholarship, which allows a student to take the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam at no cost. Limit of 10 students per school per academic year. Deadline: rolling.

CMA Doctoral Scholarship Program– This scholarship program was created to encourage doctoral students in management accounting or financial management to pursue their CMA certification at no cost. Deadline: rolling.

Doctoral Summer Research Program – This scholarship, sponsored by the IMA Research Foundation, awards a $5,000 stipend to help alleviate the need for doctoral students to teach during the summer and enables them to instead focus on research. Deadline: April 15, 2020. 

Doctoral Student Grant Program– This program assists accounting doctoral students who are pursuing research with the potential to contribute to the management accounting profession. Research conducted in connection with a dissertation or other project is eligible for funding. Deadline: rolling.

For Student Chapters:

IMA also offers awards for IMA Student Chapters, which do not carry cash prizes but earn recognition for students and their respective chapter:

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. The top four schools will be honored at IMA's Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta next June. The first submission was due by October 31, 2019; the second submission is due by March 31, 2020

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

For Educators:

Carl Menconi Case Writing Competition – This annual program, named in memory of Carl Menconi, aims to develop and distribute teaching cases focused on business ethics with specific application to management accounting and finance issues. The winning case will be featured in Strategic Finance magazine, and the case author or team will receive a cash prize and be recognized at the IMA Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta next June. Deadline: January 26, 2020.

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. Candidates must have received their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., DBA, Ed.D.) at least 10 years previously. This award may be awarded jointly to researchers who have collaborated extensively together. Deadline: January 31, 2020.

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. Nominees must have published at least one single-authored manuscript or a co-authored article where they were the lead author. Nominees must have a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., DBA, Ed.D.) and have received their degree within the prior five years. Recipients of this award will receive an award of $2,500. Deadline: January 31, 2020.

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: February 15, 2020.

Jim Bulloch Award for Innovation 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, 2020

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, 2020.

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, 2020.

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, 2020

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, 2020.

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, 2020.


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