Competitions and awards are a fantastic way to show employers just what you can do.

Whether it's a chance to get an innovative business idea off the ground, study abroad or secure funding for the internship of a lifetime, it's a great way to stand out from the crowd.

Below you will find a selection of various challenges and awards. If you wish to search for further awards or scholarships, please log into JobsLive, click on 'Find a vacancy' and filter the Vacancy type by 'Studentships, scholarships & awards'. 

Competitions, Surveys and Awards

Imperial Award

Want to earn an official extra from Imperial on your graduation transcript? Do you want recognition for your employer-friendly attributes? Then the Imperial Award is for you.

Open to all current students (and designed with input from the Careers Service), Imperial Award gives you a completely private online portfolio to use as a diary or journal. The interactive journal lets you identify your best evidence to enhance your CV and, if you wish, to back up your claim to the assessors (one page of writing). The assessors give written, individual feedback. Multiple assessment periods are offered.

Why? College wants you to develop and rehearse the reflective self-awareness that employers seek from graduates and College is willing to recognise it, formally.

Simply register by logging in with your College username and password, click on ‘guidance’ to watch the promo video and read the Student Guidance pack (PDF), which contains all the information you need to start working towards the Imperial Award. Once you've registered, you’ll hear from the Award team about upcoming workshops and further guidance to support your progress. 

It is free, has immediate benefits, runs all year and could enhance your official transcript.

Find out more here: Imperial Award

10 Day Film Challenge

Win a work placement with a film production company! 

Plus more fantastic experiential prizes to be won!

Business Disability Forum’s Film Festival is one of their annual flagship events.

Their film festival screens a wide-ranging programme of films with disability-related perspectives, challenging assumptions and attitudes and opening eyes to the reality of living with a disability.

The winning films will be screened at the Film Festival on 18 June 2019 @ KPMG, Canary Wharf.

Genre? Your film can be fiction, non-fiction, animation, documentary, drama, experimental, or artistic etc. – there is no genre restriction.

Who can participate? We welcome films from students and graduates. We particularly welcome films featuring cast or crew with disabilities, but this is not a requirement for entry.

Find out more and register here: 10 day film challenge


5G Apps of Tomorrow

Are you ready to help create the Apps of Tomorrow? 

Submit your inspiring idea for the chance to receive guidance from global tech leaders, a OnePlus 5G device, a year’s funding, and all the tools you’ll need to make the future happen.

Fill in the application form before March 26, including a video submission, explaining your App of Tomorrow and how 5G will take it to the next level. Find out more and apply here: 5G Apps of Tomorrow

EY NextWave Data Science Challenge

As a student of data, you understand the infinite possibilities of data to transform the world for the better. 

So, are you ready for your next mission? The EY NextWave Data Science Challenge is a global competition for students interested in data science who want to make a difference. We’re looking for individuals to analyse real-world problems through data and make findings that will help build a better working world. 

By participating in the EY NextWave Data Science Challenge, you will get to hone your technical skills, develop new expertise and, if you do well, win an internship or prize money and gain public recognition for your achievements. You will also be helping to build a better working world. Are you up for the challenge?

Find out more and register here: EY NextWave Data Science Challenge.


Do you have a good blend of professional skills? Are you proficient at multi-tasking and prioritising? If so, the ICAEW 100 competition is for you.

ICAEW is inviting you to test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise. Students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes at noon on the 15th April 2019 will be in with a chance of winning exclusive opportunities and prizes.

First prize

The student with the highest overall score will win:

  • £5,000 to be used for personal development towards your future career!
  • A one on one employability skills session with a member of our student recruitment team. You will learn how to improve your interview technique, create an eye-catching CV and increase your commercial awareness amongst other skills.

As well as this, there are a range of prizes up for grabs for students who have excelled in certain areas of the exercises.

For more information, please access the following link: ICAEW 100.

Lalco Residency Scholarship Programme

Lalco Residency is a serviced apartment hotel located in the heart of suburban Mumbai, Andheri – East. Their mission is to provide guests with an affordable alternative to the expensive hotels of India’s largest metropolis while maintaining the comfort, space, and luxury of a private residence with 5-Star amenities. They provide our guests with a convenient and relaxing “home away from home” stay during their business or leisure travels.

Every year Lalco Residency try to figure out new ways to improve their services and add to the value they provide to their guests. Some of their best ideas have come from their newest employees, fresh out of college. From this realization, Lalco Residency’s Annual Scholarship Program was born. This scholarship is open to all students across the globe and will be awarded to one student annually.

Scholarship Value:

A USD $500 cash scholarship will be awarded to 1 student, chosen as winner by LR’s judging panel.

Students are free to use the scholarship amount towards any expense related to his/her educational pursuit.

For more information, visit the following link: Lalco Residency Scholarship Programme.

Application period – Applications can be submitted up from 12:00 am (GMT) of 1st November 2018, up to 11:59 pm (GMT) of 31st May 2019.

PepsiCo Global Student Challenge

This is more than a competition. This is innovation in action. PepsiCo's Global Student Challenge is a unique opportunity to pitch your own big idea. The chance to respond to real, thought-provoking challenges that could make a difference on a global scale and may be your entry point to a rotational Graduate Position in Digital, Marketing Insights, Supply Chain or Human Resources.

The objective of this challenge is to imagine the next big food and beverage trend. This trend might be a new product or flavour—but it could also be something broader, like eco-friendly sourcing, the slow food movement or sustainable packaging.

The winners will fly to NY to meet other winners from across the globe and get the opportunity to present their idea to PepsiCo’s leadership team. All finalists will be offered interviews for spots on the Digital, Insights and Supply Chain PepsiCo Go Graduate programmesTo participate in this challenge, students only need to register on the platform and submit their idea in a 10-slide presentation before March 11th

Find out more and register here: Dare To Do More - Europe.

Student Challenges Competition

The Institute of Global Health Innovation's Student Challenges Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase and develop their ideas to bring about positive change to global health. The competition is open to all university students based in the UK and offers the chance to win funding towards implementing their idea to improve world health.  

Applications are invited for projects that cover any aspect of global health innovation. 

For more information and to apply, visit the following page: Student Challenges Competition.


Take part in the best student challenges! Mix your skills, win prizes, and be noticed by companies. 

See all the current challenges.

The Great Competition

Join the Design Museum for the launch of The Great Competition, a new national design and engineering challenge for undergraduates. The inaugural competition will run over the 2018-2019 academic year and invites undergraduate students to respond to an industry-led live brief on sustainable manufacturing. Inspired by the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, students are challenged to develop innovative solutions to one of today’s most pressing societal, environmental and business problems.

This year, undergraduate students are invited to respond to an industry-led live brief on sustainable manufacturing, inspired by the UK Government’s Industrial Society.


The Great Competition is open to any undergraduate studying design, design engineering, engineering or any related course or discipline anywhere in the United Kingdom. Entries will be accepted from both individuals and teams. Entries do not have to be developed expressly in response to The Great Competition brief, and maybe current coursework, but must be the original work of the entrant(s).

Shortlisted students will have the chance to take part in a masterclass at the Design Museum, with the winner receiving a cash award.

Key Dates

14 January 2019: Online registration and submission open.
16 April 2019: Final registration and submission deadline at 17.00.
May 2019: Judges select short-listed submissions.
30 May 2019: Final Judging and Awards Celebration and Masterclass for shortlisted students.

Register your interest

The Mayor's Entrepreneur

Are you a student or a recent graduate? 

Do you have a business idea that can improve the city that we live in?

The Mayor's Entrepreneur has expanded to include not one, not two, but three prizes of £20,000 each!

We are looking for smart business ideas focused on one of the three awards in the Environment, Tech and Creative Industries sectors.

More details here: The Mayor's Entrepreneur.

The Morpheus Prize

The Morpheus Cup is an innovation championship held for University and Graduate School students all over Europe aimed at encouraging student entrepreneurship. Since its first edition in 2015, the Morpheus Cup has been supported by the European Commission as it is aligned with their ambitions to tackle talents’ shortage in Europe.

The fifth edition of The Morpheus Cup will take place in the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg City.

PART 1: The MORPHEUS PRIZE - students can compete individually or by team by submitting an innovative project or start-up idea by 7th April 2019. They can choose up to 3 categories among the following: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Customer Experience, FinTech, HealthTech, E-commerce, HRtech, Virtual & Augmented Reality. The top 3 projects for each category will be invited to join us in Luxembourg on May 22nd 2019 to pitch in front of an international jury composed of representatives from leading brands (see 2018’s jury:


  • It is the largest European universities & graduate schools' championship providing a one of a kind, invaluable experience.
  • Showcase your skills as you present in front of a renowned international jury.
  • Chance to win different awards and prizes (up to €6000) and gain credibility and awareness for your idea.
  • Opportunity to network with professionals and potential employers.
  • Free Access to International event: ICT Spring.


The Morpheus Cup is open to all European students and those who have graduated within a year of the competition. Students from any discipline are able to apply either individually or in teams of up to four. Entries do not have to be developed specifically for the Morpheus Prize but must be the students' own work.


The Start-up Series

The Start-up Series is a monthly seed funding competition. Every month, one start-up is awarded up to £150,000 of equity funding along with support from an experienced director and media coverage across Start-ups must have been trading for less than 21 months and be UK-based.

 Application deadline: 14th of every month

 Find out more on the Start-up Series website: Start-up Series.

Trade Finance Global Competition

Whether you’ve just started university, have been there for several years, or have recently graduated, TFG want to hear from you.

TFG are on the lookout for passionate volunteer writers who have something to say about shipping, international trade, and finance.

The deadline for entries is midnight on the 17th March 2019.

What’s in it for me?

1.     Reputation - Boost your professional reputation and credibility as a specialist writer in the commercial finance space

2.     Learning - You’ll be a recognised expert and learn about a niche sector or geography, read by a global audience

3.     Networking - Interview and work with the experts in financial technology, commodities, and business finance

4.     Training - We will give you access to our 14 week e-learning training programme on international trade

Meet our Writers

Being a student writer for TFG has been a great experience and one I would recommend for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of business and trade. The support provided has helped me develop as a writer, and getting to see my work published online was a really great sense of achievement. - Tom Harrison, University of Birmingham

WIN a GoPro HERO4!

What's more, our favourite writer (judged by a combination most viewed, shared and engaging article) will receive a GoPro HERO4 to keep!

Apply here: