FALIA Essay Competition 2020
in English or Japanese

1st Prize     
¥500,000 for one essay

2nd Prize   
¥300,000 for one essay

3rd Prize   
¥100,000 for several essays

       Effort Award         
¥50,000  for several essays
Submission deadline
September 10th, 2020
at 1:00pm
What is
Life Insurance?

Write out your thoughts!

Create the future of society with your fresh viewpoints!




Essay Theme:
Any topics that are relevant to life insurance

We expect that many students who study insurance schemes or even those who are unfamiliar with insurance will challenge themselves to enter this competition with their rich imaginations and free ideas. We accept a wide variety of viewpoints and methodological approaches when it comes to the essays.
The following offers some useful tips on essay topics for those whose academic field is something other than insurance.


Terms and Conditions

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  1. You must be an international student currently living and studying in Japan. Your status of residence is 留学 (RYUGAKU) and you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a Japanese university.
  2. As a general rules, must be a national of a country that sends participants to FALIA seminars.
    (Countries which have sent participants to FALIA include Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. For more details, please refer to the FALIA website, FAQ or inquire directly.)
  3. You must still be with the university when we hold the award ceremony, which you must also be able to attend.
    (The award ceremony is scheduled in the beginning of 2021, we will announce the fixed schedule later on our website.)

GUIDELINES

  1. The essay must be written in English or Japanese.
  2. The essay must be original and unpublished.
  3. Co-authored essays will be accepted, but each member must satisfy the applicant eligibility requirements explained above.
  4. The essay must be 4000 to 5000 words in English, or 4000 to 12000 characters in Japanese.
  5. An application form must be sent with the essay. The template can be downloaded from our website.
  6. When quoting others, please be sure to properly acknowledge the source.
    (For more details, 
    please refer to the FAQ section on our website.)
    Your essay should be plagiarism free. If unequivocal plagiarism is detected, your essay will be rejected and, if applicable, you will be required to reimburse the prize.
  7. The copyright for all essays entered will be assigned to our foundation.
  8. We may introduce winning essays, including details about the authors (name, nationality, university) on our website or by some other method.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Prize winners will be informed directly in December 2020 and publicly announced on
our website after the award ceremony in the beginning of 2021.

JUDGES

  • Chair

    Professor Takau Yoneyama   
    Tokyo Keizai University

  • Committee members 
    (in alphabetical order)


    Professor
    Haruko Amano
       
    Japan Women’s University

    Associate Professor
    Jin Abe
     
      
    Hitotsubashi University

    Professor Emeritus
    Soichiro  
    Moridaira
    Keio University


JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Structure(Format/Style)
    Clarity of theme and/or research topic
    Structural development and validity of conclusion
    Analytical strength
    Use of appropriate methodology/approach
    Logic and reasoning

  • Contents 
    Originality
    Academic integrity (no plagiarism)
    Intangibles (e.g., societal relevance)

  • Technical  
    Citations and referencing
    Readability and presentation
    (clarity of expression & word choice; language mechanics) 

AWARDS

1st Prize     
¥500,000 for one essay

2nd Prize    
¥300,000 for one essay

3rd Prize    
¥100,000 for several essays

       Effort Award         
¥50,000  for several essays

*Ten applicants will have a chance to receive a ¥5,000 bookstore gift certificate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  1. We may use personal information received via this competition solely for our foundation’s use.
  2. For the award ceremony, we will cover the transportation expenses in Japan.

Submission process

Step
1
 Decide on a theme

Collect information and data on themes such as: What is life insurance? What is the life insurance situation like in your country and around the world? What has been your own family’s involvement with life insurance? Decide on a theme from among these regarding what you would like to write about that is relevant to life insurance.



The “FALIA Essay Competition 2019 Prize Winner Announcement,” which lists the titles of past prize-winning essays, and “Tips for Essay Writing” have been uploaded to FALIA's homepage.

Step
2
Write your essay
Summarize your own ideas and assertions in a logical manner based on the information and data you collected. It would be best to employ the techniques you learned at university, such as statistical analysis techniques.
Please refer to the contents of the “Review by the Judging Committee Chair” as well.

According to questionnaires of past winners, many of them took between about two weeks to two months to write their essays.


If there is anything you are unsure of, please inquire directly with us via the inquiry form at the bottom of the page, or with the person in charge of the essay competition (essay@falia.jp)


Step
3
Submit your essay via the submission form
You can submit your essay by filling out the required fields on the submission form (scheduled to go live sometime in late April 2020) and attaching your essay as a Word file.

Step
2
Write your essay
Summarize your own ideas and assertions in a logical manner based on the information and data you collected. It would be best to employ the techniques you learned at university, such as statistical analysis techniques.
Please refer to the contents of the “Review by the Judging Committee Chair” as well.

According to questionnaires of past winners, many of them took between about two weeks to two months to write their essays.


If there is anything you are unsure of, please inquire directly with us via the inquiry form at the bottom of the page, or with the person in charge of the essay competition (essay@falia.jp)


Submission deadline

September 10th, 2020
at 1:00pm

Feedbacks from Prize Winners

The cash prize was very useful for purchasing the expensive specialized books needed for my
research.
This rewarding experience helped me to go to graduate school and find a job.
Participating in this essay competition enabled me to discover many fields I was not aware of.
Writing this essay gave me more confidence while approaching multi-dimensional issues.
Writing this essay gave me more confidence while approaching multi-dimensional issues.


The award ceremony
Presentations by prize-winners 
Social get-together


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FAQ

  • Q
    Am I eligible to apply even though my country is not listed in the terms and conditions of the essay competition?
    A

    The terms and conditions for this essay competition mainly lists the major countries which have sent participants to FALIA seminars*.

    *FALIA conducts life insurance seminars for individuals from life insurance-related institutions (e.g. life insurance companies, life insurance associations, and insurance authorities).

    FALIA aims to make an economic contribution to the developing countries around the world as a key pillar of our activities. We endeavor to further contribute to the sound growth of life insurance business, and strive to disseminate accurate knowledge on life insurance. Based on these goals, we may restrict the countries we accept for the competition.

    We received the same inquiry from nationals of the following countries, which we can accept entries from:

    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Benin, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

     

    If you are not sure about your case, please inquire us directly.

    (FALIA Essay Competition Group:essay@falia.jp)

  • Q
    I do not know what theme to write about for the essay.
    A

    On our website we have published the thesis titles for the past three years in the reports on the prize winners. Please feel free to refer to these. 

    Prize Winners 2019
    Prize Winners 2018
    Prize Winners 2017

    Also, tips for essay-writing are available now. Please refer to these as well.

  • Q
    Should the essay have a particular structure with a specific template?
    A

    No. There is no template/format FALIA specifies and so it’s up to you. But in case you are not sure about a writing format, you can refer to “APA style” which consists of rules or guidelines for writing.

    Also, prior to your submission, we would recommend you to have your essay proofread by a native of Japanese (for your essay in Japanese)/a native of English (for your essay in English) if possible. In that case, please state the proofreader’s name in your application form.

  • Q
    What sort of format should my essay be written in?
    A

    We recommend that essays in the following format
    be submitted for the FALIA Essay Competition.

    English essays: Double spaced, 12-point font size
    Japanese essays: 10.5-point font size, 36 lines of 40 characters each per page

  • Q
    Are title/index pages and references included in the word count?
    If I use graphs and charts in my essay, are they counted as words?

    A

    The title page, index page and references are not included in the word count.
    Graphs and charts are not counted as words. But please be sure that the main focus of your essay shall be the written texts, and the graphs and charts shall be used as supplemental items to support the point of the arguments in your essay.

    <Word Limit>
    Essay in Japanese 
    4,000 ~12,000 characters
    Essay in English
    4,000 ~5,000 words

    ※Significantly longer or shorter essays may be disqualified.

  • Q
    Do I have to indicate sources that I used for my essay?
    A

    Yes, you need to cite and reference properly as Works Cited or Bibliography and referencing footnotes or endnotes. This applies not only to published essays and books, but also to internet sources. FALIA will scan all the entries with our plagiarism checker. (In case your essay is found to be written in inappropriate manner such as plagiarism, it will result in the cancellation and required reimbursement of the prize.) If you are unsure about how to reference, you can check online with “APA style” which is one of the famous writing guidelines.

  • Q
    Is a co-authored essay allowed?
    A

    Yes, it’s allowed. But please make sure that all the members in the group fulfil the applicant eligibilities #1 -3 and apply by the application deadline.

  • Q
    In the application form, why is there an entry field for the information if I had
    any adviser or professor who supervised my essay?
    A

    This is because each prize winner can invite one school official from the winner’s university to the awarding ceremony. In case we find a supervisor’s name filled in the field in the application form, we will invite the supervisor. In case there is no name written in the field, we will invite a professor of your seminar or an official at International Student Office and etc..
    If the winner and supervisor attend the ceremony from a distant university, FALIA will cover the domestic travel expenses (e.g. Airline, Shinkansen) and arrange the 1 night accommodation at our expense if needed.

  • Q
    Is it mandatory that I attend the award ceremony if I win?
    A

    Yes, all prize winners are required to attend the award ceremony (scheduled to be held on January, 2021).
    If you cannot participate in the award ceremony, you will not be deemed eligible for this essay competition.

    <Applicant Eligibility>

    1. Must be an undergraduate or a graduate international student living in Japan whose status of residence is “Student (Ryu-gaku)”
    2. As a general rule, must be a national of a country that sends participants to FALIA seminars.
    3. Must still be a college student in Japan when we hold the award ceremony and must be able to attend it.
  • Q
    If I win, what procedures will be required?
    A

    If you are selected as a nominee for one of the prizes after the selection process, you
    will be required to submit the following documents for the purpose of verification of your eligibility.
    (FALIA will directly contact those nominees sometime in Nov. - Dec.)

    • Student Registration Certificate (original copy)
    • Copy of Residence Card (both sides)
    • Declaration Form on “Double Posting” etc.
  • Q
    Am I eligible to apply even though my country is not listed in the terms and conditions of the essay competition?
    A

    The terms and conditions for this essay competition mainly lists the major countries which have sent participants to FALIA seminars*.

    *FALIA conducts life insurance seminars for individuals from life insurance-related institutions (e.g. life insurance companies, life insurance associations, and insurance authorities).

    FALIA aims to make an economic contribution to the developing countries around the world as a key pillar of our activities. We endeavor to further contribute to the sound growth of life insurance business, and strive to disseminate accurate knowledge on life insurance. Based on these goals, we may restrict the countries we accept for the competition.

    We received the same inquiry from nationals of the following countries, which we can accept entries from:

    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Benin, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

     

    If you are not sure about your case, please inquire us directly.

    (FALIA Essay Competition Group:essay@falia.jp)


Inquiries

Please inquire with the point of inquiry below or via our inquiry form if there is anything you are unclear of or if you have any questions concerning the FALIA Essay Competition.
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