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 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 monetary awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. You can see a video of the 2021 winner on YouTube. Deadline: March 10, 2022.

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, 2022.

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 2021 winner by Maeve Dow of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Deadline: March 20, 2022.

CMA Scholarship Program – Students must be nominated by a faculty member 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: June 30, 2022.

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.

IMA Doctoral Scholars Program – This program provides support for students at various stages in their doctoral education in accredited programs, enabling them to work on studies that will advance management accounting research and practice. Research dollars awarded up to $10,000 total. Deadline: rolling.

For Student Chapters:

IMA also offers a variety of awards for IMA Student Chapters, some of which include monetary prizes and/or recognition for specific students and their respective chapters:

IMA Student Chapter Award of Excellence – 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. 

This year, all schools that submit for the Gold level and fulfill the necessary requirements will receive a monetary award of $500. (Please make sure to read the complete rules before applying. A new Excel form has been created to try to streamline the submission process.) The first submission was due by October 31, 2021; the second submission is due by March 31, 2022

IMA 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 2021 winning entry from Stark State College. The winning chapter receives a $5,000 award. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

For Educators:

Call for Submissions: Applied Research Track – IMA invites academics (and practitioners) to submit manuscripts and/or presentation proposals for the Applied Research Track of IMA’s Accounting & Finance Conference in June. The goal of this track is to help bridge the gap between academics and management accounting professionals while contributing to the development of knowledge in the profession. Deadline: Extended to January 31, 2022.

REVISED FOR 2022: IMA R. Lee Brummet Exemplary Educator Award – Named for a former IMA chair, this award recognizes up to two IMA volunteer academic members who have distinguished themselves in the management accounting and finance profession. Nominations are open to any IMA volunteer academic member who teaches in a college or university (including two-year community colleges). Note: This is a revised award; prior recipients of the IMA Faculty Leadership Award or the R. Lee Brummet Award are eligible. Deadline: April 7, 2022.

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, 2022.

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, 2022. 

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, 2022.

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, 2022.

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, 2022.

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.


Visit the IMA website for complete information (including application forms and deadlines) related to all awards for students and student chapters and for academics