Wotton + Kearney APIG Scholarship

The annual Wotton + Kearney APIG Scholarship supports the development of young professionals practising in professional indemnity and financial lines insurance in Australia.

For five years, the annual Australian W+K APIG Scholarship has recognised outstanding contribution and talent in our industry and connected the successful candidate with a lifetime educational experience aimed at enhancing their professional career. Funded by Wotton + Kearney, past scholarship winners have attended the international PIF Conference at Oxford University and taken part in a hosted visit of Lloyd’s in London.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship are now open. Given international travel limitations, this year’s scholarship takes the form of a $9.5k credit towards attending an international conference of your choice with direct relevance to your career.

How to apply

Eligible candidates are required to provide a written submission (no longer than 500 words) or short video (no longer than 3 minutes) addressing:

  • what you see is a major issue for your area of insurance and how it could be resolved, and
  • in a few words, what makes you proud to work in the financial lines insurance industry in Australia.

Submissions and the application are to be emailed to APIGScholarship@wottonkearney.com.au before COB on Friday, 13 November. The winner will be announced in late November.

Full details and an application form are available here.

Scholarship Details

AUD9,500 funding towards attending an international conference of your choice directly related to professional indemnity insurance or your specialist product area, comprising of:

  • AUD2,000 towards a single conference ticket
  • AUD4,000 towards return economy airfares and transfers to attend the conference, and
  • AUD3,500 towards accommodation and spending.

Entry Criteria

  • Current APIG members
  • Under the age of 36 years as of the submission close date
  • Actively involved in PI/financial lines insurance
  • Approval from your company or firm to attend your nominated conference
  • Members of the APIG National Committee and employees of Wotton + Kearney are ineligible.


About our past winners...

2019 Winner

APIG and Wotton + Kearney are delighted to announce that Kelvin Hui, Senior Account Manager - Professional Risks at Proclaim has won the 2019 W+K APIG Scholarship. Kelvin’s submission was selected by the judging panel for his forward-thinking solution of what can be done to make PI Insurance within the construction space more viable and the positive ramifications for PI insurers in doing so. He also demonstrated an active role in facilitating numerous industry seminars discussing domestic construction issues. Congratulations to Kelvin who will attend the 2020 PIF Conference at Cambridge University in the UK on 6-8 July 2020.

Read Kelvin’s paper here.

2018 Winner

Wotton + Kearney and the APIG National Committee are pleased to announce that James Skiba, Senior Claims Officer at DUAL Australia has won the 2018 W+K APIG Scholarship. James's submission was selected by the judging panel for his topical analysis on how the rise in Securities Class Actions will impact on D&O insurance policies, and the need for reforms to continuous disclosure obligations and litigation funding to maintain shareholder rights in a manner which doesn't restrict corporate activity or access to adequate insurance cover. He also demonstrated a pro-active role as a young insurance professional engaging in industry training and skill development. Congratulations to James who will attend the 2019 PIF Conference at Robinson College, Cambridge University on 8-10 July 2019.

Review James' paper here.

2017 Winner

Wotton + Kearney and the APIG National Committee are delighted to announce that Mitchell Spurr, Complex Claims Examiner at AIG has won the 2017 W+K APIG Scholarship. Mitchell's thought provoking views on the increasing exposure of directors to potential claims relating to climate change, secured him the win amongst a very competitive pool of over 20 submissions. Congratulations to Mitchell who will travel to the UK in July 2018 to attend the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference to be held at Robinson College, Cambridge University, and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London as part of the Scholarship prize.

Review Mitchell's paper here and a brief summary of his trip here

2016 Winner

Michael Forster from Suncorp Group has won the W+K APIG Scholarship for 2016, which will see Michael travelling to the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference in Oxford England in July 2017 and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London. From a number of very strong submissions, Michael's application was selected for his unique approach on integrating technology and different management techniques to the financial lines industry - reflecting recent updates to Sherlock Holmes.

Review Michael's insightful paper here.

2015 Winner

APIG and Wotton + Kearney are delighted to announce that Kristine Salgado of Willis Australia has won the inaugural W+K APIG Scholarship. Kristine's application was selected because of her thought provoking account of the way forward for the insurance industry and her contribution to financial lines insurance at such a young age.

As part of the scholarship, Kristine will travel to the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference in Oxford England in July 2016 and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London.

Review Kristine's excellent paper here and her summary of the conference attendance and experience here.

APIG thanks Wotton + Kearney for its generous support.