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Risk manager in residence


Applications annually are due on April 1. The portal to apply is currently closed but, interested universities are encouraged to call Angela Sabatino at 212-655-6223 to discuss current year grant opportunities.

For nearly 22 years, Spencer’s Risk Manager in Residence program has been praised by both risk managers and universities as a rewarding educational experience and a chance to give back to the profession. The program brings a practicing risk manager to the university to present and engage with students about the risk management profession and insurance industry. The Foundation awards grant of up to $4,000 to college and universities to cover transportation, housing, and incidental costs for a lecturing risk manager.


The Foundation has set the following criteria for participating schools in the Risk-Manager-in-Residence Program:

  • The attending risk manager must be selected from the Foundation’s pool of risk managers. A listing will be supplied to the university if it is selected by the RMIR committee to receive a grant.

  • Participating faculty must be willing to prepare or coordinate an itinerary with the attending risk manager (i.e., transportation, lodging, preparing a presentation schedule).

  • At least three presentations to students should be scheduled.

  • The follow-up final reports sent to Spencer should include concise but descriptive details of the risk manager’s visit and the benefits derived, including a full accounting report of expenses incurred. Final reports should be sent to the Foundation immediately following the lecture program.

  • Finance faculty and students must be willing to be involved.

  • Lecturing risk managers must be compensated for their travel and housing expenses within 30 business days.

  • $500.00 of the grant money awarded (include in your budget) can be used to create or support a campus GIS chapter or a Career Day event.

The Foundation’s Risk-Manager-in-Residence Committee screens all participating risk managers to ensure that they meet the criteria to lecture at universities.

Current Participants

To see a list of current program participants, please click here.