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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

51Job Campus Coding Marathon

The campus coding marathon is a programming competition that hosted by 51job, which is in its fifth year.

You can take part in this competition for free, and have the opportunity to win a share of the 80,000 RMB prize money. You will also get a chance to communicate with well-known companies that provide job or internship opportunities. You might even get an offer from a big company directly!

Event schedule
Preliminary: 9 May – 19 June 
Announcement of preliminary results: 20 June
Announcement of the final list: 25 June
Final test questions released: 27 June - 3 July

For more information and to apply visit the competition webpage.

Studyka

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 Adobe Digital Edge Awards

Industry leading tech company, Adobe, have launched a dedicated award for all UK university students to celebrate the incredible work students produce as part of their courses. They are inviting you to enter work where you have used digital skills and Adobe apps to improve your coursework, and are offering over £24,000 in student prizes – with a top award of £9,250 in cash!

As the workplace becomes increasingly competitive, it is crucial for you to set yourself apart and develop skills that will take you further. This opportunity to take part in the Adobe Digital Edge Awards will develop your critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative and creative skills - ensuring that you communicate with impact both at university and in the workplace.

The awards are open to students from all courses, and work will be judged against those with similar academic and creative backgrounds. To find out your brief, go to the Digital Edge Awards page and select your subject from the drop-down. You will either be asked to upload existing coursework you have already created this academic year, or to reimagine a piece of work with Adobe apps for your chance at winning the prize money and the prestigious award.

Entries are open now and close on 31 May 2022. If you want to know more about the award, visit the Adobe website.

The Discovery Fund

The Discovery Fund (formerly the Pioneer Fund) is a grant programme providing up to £500 for students and recent alumni who want to explore an early stage idea.

We’ve developed the Discovery Fund, which runs from December to March, to help you get out of the building, find customers, design business experiments and discover if an idea is worth pursuing.

It’s not just about the money. We also help you develop the practical entrepreneurial skills you need to make the most of your grant. You’ll have access to our dedicated online learning module “Testing Business Ideas” and receive expert coaching and facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring by Dr Harveen Chugh, Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College Business School.

We’ve got 20 awards of £500 available and we’re prioritising applications from people/teams that have never engaged with the Enterprise Lab before, so if this is your first time with the Lab this could be the perfect opportunity.

Find out more and apply via the Imperial Enterise Lab website.

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2022

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition is back for 2022! Pitch your smart business idea to industry titans at City Hall, to win the following:

  • £20,000 to start your idea, no strings attached
  • Mentorship from City Hall business experts to launch your idea
  • Excellent publicity and networking opportunities

There are five categories to enter: Creative Industries, Health, Tech, Social Enterprise and Smart Cities. For further information and tosubmit your idea visit the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition webpage. 

The Royal Academy of Engineering's Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP) 2021/22

The Windsor Fellowship is excited to be in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2021/22 Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP). This is the seventh year of this award-winning programme aimed at addressing inequality in Engineering by increasing the transition of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment.

The GEEP for 2021/22 will have a range of exciting new offerings for graduates. These will include:

  • Insight sessions
  • Skills and competency workshops
  • Mentoring for students
  • Mock assessments and development
  • Work placements
  • On-line resources
  • Information, advice and guidance

The recruitment process is now live. Visit the The Royal Academy of Engineering website for further information and details on how to apply. 

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 Startups.co.uk. Start-ups must have been trading for less than 21 months and be UK-based.

 Application deadline: 14th of every month

To find out more information visis The Start-up Series website.