Allianz Climate Risk Award

Launched in 2017, the Allianz Climate Risk Award acknowledges and rewards young scientists whose works shed light on the nexus between climate change and the extreme weather events that threaten millions of livelihoods and present ways these populations could be better protected. It targets PhD candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers whose research focuses on:

  • Reducing the risk of extreme weather events that are intensified by climate change;
  • Fostering resilience by applying technological solutions.

Applications are usually received from all over the world. Ten candidates are shortlisted by a jury and their work is published in a Compendium. Out of the ten, four are invited to Munich, Germany, to present their research at the awards ceremony.

In addition to having all expenses paid for, all four finalists received cash prizes, ranging from EUR2,000 to EUR7,000 to support their research.


Core of your application is a brief (max. 800 word) non-technical essay that outlines your current research idea and highlights central findings. As guidance, you may refer to the selection criteria stated above.

To submit your application, please simply send the filled out and signed forms (to the right or below, depending on your device) as well as the required supporting documents (essay, CV, reference letter) to dummy We're looking forward to receiving you application and wish you good luck!

The application materials will be made available in this section after opening of the 2023 application period on July 1, 2023.

  • Call for papers – July 1, 2023
  • Submission deadline – August 31, 2023
  • Announcement of the finalists – late September 2023
  • Award event – November 22, 2023

Selection criteria

  • Innovation: Research  project is focused on a compelling approach for assessing risks of natural catastrophes and how new technologies can help mitigate these risks and foster resilient societies
  • Impact: Research project can make a difference on the current insurance practice and/or advance current practices around  societal resilience
  • Applicability: Research project addresses a relevant problem and is ideally connected to a practical solution
  • Academic excellence: Sound research approach and methodology

Selection process

  • A jury of experts, drawn from industry and academic, select the recipients
  • Application form, signed declaration form, essay based on research and letter of recommendation must be sent by the deadline

Submission requirements

  • University students currently pursuing either a PhD degree or a post-doc, as well as recent PhD graduates or recent post-doc graduates. (Graduation/defense of final research to obtain title should not be more than two years before the time of the application)
  • Research applicable to focus and topic of award
  • Completed application form (to be available as of July 1, 2023)

Supporting documents consist of:

  • Two-page non-technical essay based on their research
  • A letter of recommendation from the candidate's academic mentor 
  • Filled and signed declaration form (to be available as of July 1, 2023)
  • We welcome the four finalists to travel to Munich, Germany, for the Award's event. Allianz Re will cover all travel costs (please refer to FAQ, which will be available as of July 1, 2023)
  • Eagerness to be part of internal and external communication around the Award (e.g. interviews)



If you have any questions regarding your application, please send an e-mail to: dummy

Thank you!