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 awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline: March 10, 2019.

IMA Student Manuscript Competition – This program provides any student member with the opportunity to share his or her IMA student membership experience via an 800-word essay. Deadline: March 15, 2019.

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 San Diego next June; the winning team receives an additional $2,000. Deadline: February 2, 2019.

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: June 1, 2019.

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 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.

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, 2019.

For Student 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. The top four schools will be honored at IMA's Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego next June. The first submission was due by October 31, 2018; the second submission is due by March 31, 2019.

Clark Johnson Achievement Award – This award recognizes a student chapter whose efforts best reflect outstanding leadership through innovation, organizational development, and interdependent partnerships. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

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 the IMA Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego. Last year’s winners were Paul R. Goodchild, CPA; and Ryan K. Peterson, CMA; authors of “To Break Ships or Not to Break Ships.” Deadline: January 26, 2019.

Siegel Lifetime Achievement Award – This award recognizes excellence in funded research. Nominations will be reviewed based on the nominee’s body of research, relevance to the mission of the IMA Research Foundation, and contribution to the management accounting body of knowledge. The winning submission must demonstrate practical value to accounting and financial professionals. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Emerging Scholar Manuscript Award – This award acknowledges the exceptional manuscript contribution of a single emerging scholar/young professional of management accounting who has a received a terminal degree (Ph.D. DBA, Ed.D. JD) within the last seven years. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

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, 2019. 

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, 2019.

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, 2019.

Ursel K. Albers Campus Advocate Award – This award was established to provide an opportunity for IMA 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, 2019.

R. Lee Brummet Award – Named after 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, 2019.

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® 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, 2019.

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, 2019.


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