Student Contest
Deadline 4 March 2022

An international award programme providing a platform for students to showcase their ideas, insights and observations with a global audience of industry professionals.

The Opportunity:

The Growing Thought Leadership Award (GTLA) is an international award programme that provides a platform for motivated students to showcase their ideas, insights and observations with a global audience of industry professionals. The GTLA is a truly unique award programme that allows young thought-leaders (the leaders of tomorrow) to share their inputs and insights on terrorism risk concerns and issues being faced today and in the future. The GTLA is an initiative of IFTRIP, the International Forum of Terrorism Risk (Re)Insurance Pools.

The Brief:

The GTLA is open to undergraduate and post-graduate students worldwide aged between 18-30 years and will be awarded to the best original paper that presents an observational study or investigative research under one of the six terrorism-related topics listed below. These terrorism-themed categories will form the basis of the discussions taking place at the ‘ReCODE’ IFTRIP Conference taking place in May 2022.

  • Cyberterrorism.
  • Bioterrorism.
  • Pandemic Insurance.
  • Pooling Risks: Are There Opportunities to Expand this Insurance Model?
  • Climate Change: From an Insurance or a Terrorism Threat Perspective.
  • Parametric Insurance: A Potential Solution for Difficult to Insure Risks.

The paper should provide a unique perspective into the chosen topic area. Applicants may conduct their own research and/or provide unique insights using existing data relating to the chosen topic.


The Award:

The applicant of the winning paper will receive:

  • Mentorship: Up to 12 weeks.
  • A Cash Prize: £3,000 or equivalent in the currency of the winner’s country.
  • Showcase Opportunity



  • Open only to persons who are undergraduate or post-graduate students, aged between 18 – 30 years.
  • The paper must be original, unpublished and written in English.
  • Word count: 3,000-4,000 words.


The winning paper will be selected by a panel drawn from the international (Re)insurance Pools as well as prominent academics and industry experts. Only papers submitted by the deadline and meeting the criteria will be considered.


Criteria and Terms & Conditions:

Please see below for the submission criteria as well as full terms and conditions.


The deadline for all entries is 23:59 (GMT) on Friday, 4 March 2022.
Submit your paper to with the subject line ‘GTLA Submission’.
“The GTLA is a truly unique award programme that allows young thought leaders to share their input and insight on terrorism risk concerns and issues being faced today and in the future. We’re very excited to hear from the leaders of tomorrow on the major terrorism issues our industry and society continue to face.”

Chris Wallace, IFTRIP President

“Research and development are at the heart of these efforts, and the GTLA is an important step in connecting today’s leading practitioners with tomorrow’s innovators. This is an exciting platform for future leaders to begin their contribution to building a more resilient, sustainable global society, and I look forward to welcoming them to future IFTRIP conferences.”

Julian Enoizi, Pool Re CEO and IFTRIP Secretariat

Terms and Conditions

It is a condition of entry to the Growing Thought Leadership Awards 2021/2022 that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions Please read them carefully in advance.


The GLTA is open only to persons who are undergraduate or postgraduate students at the deadline for entries specified below. Exceptions can be made for students currently enrolled in further education courses and certification courses/programmes. Contact to enquire.

Exclusions: Full-time employed professionals.

Entrants must follow the entry guidelines.


The deadline for all entries is 23.59 (GMT) on Friday, 4 March 2022.

Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by IFTRIP during April 2022.  The shortlisted entrants will be required to prove their student status, which could include the need to submit a picture of their student ID for verification.

By entering the competition you agree that you will not share any confidential information about the competition, prior to any official announcement by IFTRIP.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to showcase and present their winning paper. This may be conducted in-person or via a pre-recorded webstream.

Submission requirements:

Word count: 3,000 to 4,000 words.

The submitted paper must be written in English and formatted as follows: 12pt readable font, 1.15 line spacing, Word (.docx) file.

The submitted paper must include an abstract, introduction, main body, conclusion.

All referenced sources must be listed and formatted clearly.


The panel of judges will comprise of a panel drawn from the international (Re)insurance Pools as well as prominent academics and industry experts.

The judging panel will select the shortlist entrants and determine the winning and runner up entrants at their absolute discretion.

The judges’ decision is final and no negotiation or correspondence with entrants will be entered into.


The prizes for the winners of the competition are as published.  The prizes are subject to availability, non-exchangeable, non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

Publicity and attendance:

By entering the competition, entrants agree to be available to showcase their paper either in-person or via a pre-recorded webstream. Standard class UK travel costs to and from the award ceremony will be reimbursed for an in-person showcase. The competition winner as chosen by the judges will be formally announced at the 2022 IFTRIP Conference.

All applicants consent to their involvement in appropriate publicity for the GTLA competition, which may include advertising prior to the event, filming of the event and media coverage. IFTRIP and Pool Re may distribute the recorded event via their websites, social media or other electronic means.


All entrants must be the principal creator(s) of work(s) submitted and as such will retain copyright in the work(s) as author/presenter.  It is a condition of entry that entrants agree to assign to Pool Re and IFTRIP a perpetual, transferable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, licence to use, share, reproduce and publish the submitted work(s).

Use, reproduction and publication will include, but not necessarily be limited to, exhibition, ‘live’ and via the IFTRIP and Pool Re websites, YouTube and IFTRIP and Pool Re print publications.

All entrants whose work(s) submitted to the GLTA competition include(s) any material which is the intellectual property, including copyright, of another party, must seek and secure the necessary permissions for their inclusion.

Data protection:

All entrants consent to the use of their personal data being processed for the purposes of the GTLA  competition and subsequent use in accordance with the licence referred to above.  Entrants’ personal data will be processed in accordance with the provisions of Data Protection legislation.

Miscellaneous terms and conditions:

Entries will not be returned.

Details of the winner and runners-up will be published on the IFTRIP and Pool Re websites.

IFTRIP or Pool Re may edit entries for publication.

IFTRIP and Pool Re reserves the right to use entries as a data resource for wider research purposes.

IFTRIP or Pool Re may at their absolute discretion vary or amend the terms and conditions of the competition and may discontinue or cancel the competition altogether.  All entrants agree that no liability shall attach to IFTRIP or Pool Re as a result thereof.

Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission or posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

These Terms and Conditions are to be interpreted in accordance with English law and any dispute arising out of these Terms or their subject matter is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

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