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

Autocar Drivers of Change Awards

Win a £5,000 prize and the opportunity to work in the automotive industry

Ever dreamed about a career in the automotive industry, working for an exciting brand like McLaren, Lotus, Bentley or Volvo?  Do you have the attributes to become a true innovator in one of three key areas of the automatic sector: technology, digital and retail?  Now you can fulfil your ambitions by entering a new, UK-wide competition, Drivers of Change, delivered by Autocar, executive search specialists Ennis & Co and a line-up of sponsors representing a who’s who of leading automotive brands.  The winners in each of the three categories will receive a £5,000 prize, a prestigious award and networking opportunities with leading industry figures that money can’t buy.

The competition is aimed at university students as well as talented individuals already working within or outside the automotive sector. Age or experience is irrelevant. Above all, entrants should be original thinkers with brilliant ideas to challenge the status quo.  For more details, including how to apply, visit Autocar website.  The closing date is 30 June 2020.

BOE 2020 Innovation Challenge Competition

This competition is organized by BOE Campus Recruitment Department and co-organized by BOE clubs. Based on their three major business segments: Interface Devices, Smart IoT Systems and Smart Medicine & Engineering Integration, together you will develop innovative products, apply cutting-edge technologies and propose new solutions.

Students will receive the opportunity to share ideas between young talents from universities across the globe,  receive business and technical guidance from industry experts and there is a chance to get a Management Trainee Program Pass-through Card in the finals plus multiple high prize winnings.

The competition is open to current full-time college students (including international students), bachelor's and above. The registration for the event is free and students are requred to participate in the competition in teams of two to five people.

The preliminary competition registration and project submission is open from 7 May until 26 June 2020. Visit the BOE Campus Recruitment website to learn more and register online.

Fidelity International’s 2020 University Competition

The topic for this competition is Fintech for Good. Focusing closely on disruptive sustainability and linking finance with technology, we are asking students how they envisage the finance industry working for the betterment of society.

The competition will launch on the 30th September and culminate on the 10th of December with a Pitch Day at the Fidelity offices in London, where the top 5 teams will present to win the grand prize of £1,000 per team member. The competition website can be accessed here, which provides information on the competition structure, key dates and all the support we will give the finalists.

GSK 2020 Residential Chemistry Training Experience

This fully-funded, week-long training course is designed to give you practical experience of the work of a graduate chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.  Based in the GSK research laboratories we will provide you with personalised laboratory tuition together with coaching in interview technique, presentation skills and working in teams.  This programme, now in its seventeenth  year, will be held at the GSK Medicines Research Centre, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 13–18 September 2020.

The Residential Chemistry Training Experience is one approach that we use to encourage high calibre chemists from a variety of backgrounds to apply for positions in the pharmaceutical industry.  If you are an analytical, computational or synthetic chemistry undergraduate about to enter your final year of study and you would like to gain an insight into the pharmaceutical industry and be part of this interactive programme, please request an application form and return the completed application no later than 11 June 2020.

Innovation Hackathon: COVID-19 Recovery Challenge

25 – 29 May 2020

Sign up now to join the remote, five-day competition available to all graduate and undergraduate students at Imperial College London and London School of Economics (LSE).

This event is not a traditional tech hackathon! Participants will have the freedom to come up with new products, business models, policies or campaigns to help individuals and/or businesses recover post the current crisis. It will be packed with workshops, exciting keynote speakers and mentoring sessions with industry professionals. Plus there is the opportunity to win part of the cash prize pool of £2500+ and network with other students from across Imperial and LSE.

Students will need to be in teams of three to four and no experience is necessary.

For more information about this event please visit the eventbite page.

Merck Research Challenges 2020

Merck is organizing a series of research competitions for technology pioneers in areas of high innovation. Winning these renowned Merck prizes shows the superiority of the winning team and also opens new avenues for partnering with Merck. Learn about more about the challenges in the following areas: compound synthesis, high-k dielectric materials, publication impact and laboratory connectivity.

For more information and registration, please visit the Merck Research Challenges website.  Registration deadline is 31 August 2020.

Shopee Code League 2020

8 June to 1 August 2020

Shopee Code League is a two-month online coding challenge consisting of a series of competitions, online algorithm questions and online training workshops open to all undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from the various locations where Shopee is based in. These locations in the region include Singapore, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The competitions are specially designed by the Shopee tech teams and will provide participants with the opportunity to work on real datasets and challenges in the internet industry. The top ten teams from each category will win attractive cash prizes and winners will have the chance to get potential full-time or internship opportunities with Shopee.

Join the fun for free! Registration is open now to teams of two to four members. 

For full details please visit the Shopee Code League website page.

Student Ambassador Competition

Win £6,000 and become the FIRST FindAMasters student ambassador
This new competition will give one student the opportunity to share their experience of finding and starting a Master's with the millions of people who visit and their associated social media channels. The winner will also get to inspire prospective students in person at study fairs and will receive £6,000 to help fund their studies.
So, if you’re starting your first year of Master's or PhD study in the next academic yearsign-up to the FindAMasters newsletter now to find out how to enter when the competition opens in June. 


Run by Agorize, Studyka is the leading open innovation challenge platform that brings together students, startups, and developers.  Take part in the best student challenges! Mix your skills, win prizes, and be noticed by companies. 

See all the current challenges.

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.

ULTRA 2020 Summer Coding Challenge

Calling all coders! GSA’s flagship summer coding challenge is here!

Agent Boniface wants elite technologists to join her "code-breaking squad". Applicants will be put to the test in her world-renowned programming competition. The competition, codename "Ultra", will run from 30 July to 9 August 2020 with several cash prizes up for grabs.

The competition is available for all students from the Mathematics/Statistics, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science departments, both undergraduates from all years and postgraduates. 

Register now at GSA-ULTRA.COM

UniCode League 2020

The UniCode League is kicking off in October 2019, that pits 48 universities and thousands of students against each other across 3 leagues, with a last 16 knock-out tournament in the ultimate coding battle!

  • Make your profile - (Platform goes Live in October)
  • Join Your university League
  • Compete against your class mates
  • Represent your uni and battle against other universities to become the Unicode Champion.
Top UniCode Team receives £10,000 (£1,000 per player) and a 7 day trip to San Francisco.  Top UniCoder receives £5,000 and a 7 day trip to New York.  For more information and to sign up, click here