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What is Life Insurance?
Write out your thoughts!

The FALIA Essay Competition aims to promote life insurance among international students studying in Japan. We welcome essays on topics related to life insurance from students of a variety of cultural backgrounds and academic majors. The essays do not necesarily test your level of insurance awareness. We are looking forward to your challenges.

Theme
Perspectives on Life Insurance

Submission Deadline
Sept 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m

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.

Terms and Conditions

Theme
Perspectives on Life Insurance

We welcome a broad spectrum of viewpoints and invite submissions, not only from international students majoring in business, management or finance but also from students unfamiliar with insurance but interested in challenging themselves and bringing their original ideas and diverse cultural backgrounds to bear on the role of life insurance in today’s society

Submission Deadline
Sept 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

1. The contest is open to 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 (大学・大学院/DAIGAKU, DAIGAKUIN).

2. As a general rule, you must be a national of a country or region that is deemed to be in need of FALIA’s guidance. Please refer to the list of the countries or regions which we have accepted in the past. 
If your country or region is not on the list, please inquire us directly.

3. You must still be with the university when we hold the awards ceremony, which you must also be able to attend. (The awards ceremony is scheduled in the beginning of 2023)

 

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 The essay must be original and unpublished.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. If selected, the co-authors will share the prize.
4. Only one entry per student or per one co-author team per year.
5. The essay must not exceed 5000 words in English, or 12000 characters in Japanese.
6. Each essay must follow the guidelines as below. A sample essay format is available for your reference.
- The first page must include the essay title, author’s name, name of university, and the total number of words/characters.
- The second page must be an abstract of the essay.
- The second and subsequent pages must not include the author’s name and any other information which can be used to identify the author.
7. An application form must be sent with the essay. (Word file only)
8. 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.
9. The copyright for all essays entered will be assigned to our foundation.
10. We may publish winning essays, including details about the authors (name, nationality, university) on our website or by some other method.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

【Chair】
Professor Takau Yoneyama
Tokyo Keizai University

【Committee members】 
Professor Haruko Amano
Japan Women’s University

Associate Professor  Jin Abe
Hitotsubashi University

Professor Motokazu Ishizaka
Chuo University

 * in alphabetical order                               


EVALUATION 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)

*Candidates may be interviewed for evaluation purposes.

 

COMMUNICATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT

Prize winners will be informed directly in December 2022 and publicly announced on our website after the award ceremony in the beginning of 2023.

*Click here to view ""The online awards ceremony in 2021""

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1.The personal information provided to us by the applicants via this competition will be used in accordance with FALIA’s privacy policy. For more details on FALIA’s privacy policy, please visit our website.
2.For the awards ceremony, we will cover the transportation expenses in Japan.

Submission process

  • Step1

    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 2021 Prize Winner Announcement,” which lists the titles of past prize-winning essays, and “Tips for Essay Writing” have been uploaded to FALIA's homepage.

  • Step2

    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)

  • Step3

    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 by the end of May, 2022) and attaching your essay as a Word file.

  • Step2

    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)


Prize winner's Voice

2020 1st Prize   
Ms. Pia Medrano /  Philippines 

ESSAY THEME: Insurance and Poverty Reduction:
Evidence from Philippine Urban and Rural Household Data

Joining the FALIA essay contest was a rewarding experience in itself. I joined because I wanted
to challenge myself to write an essay in which I could apply the quantitative research tools I
learned from my graduate courses. At first, I didn’t find insurance an interesting topic at all, but
as I related it to issues of development in my essay, I came to realize how important a subject
insurance is. I credit joining the contest for sparking my interest in insurance and opening me to
its challenges and potential in solving development issues.


2020 2nd Prize
Ms. Rehema Mussa Karata / Tansania

ESSAY THEME: Social Security Gap, Adverse Welfare Shocks,
and Digital Innovation for Life and Health Microinsurance in Ta nzania

I joined the competition to e xpress my academic abilities, address my country's insurance
challenges, and support FALIA's mission in advancing insurance knowledge.
The award played a very important role in reducing my academic costs. More importantly, it
gave me confidence in my academic endeavors by improving my ability to approach various
social issues.


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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