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

50th St. Gallen Symposium - Global Essay Competition

The 50th St. Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition provides graduate and post-graduate students an outstanding opportunity to share and sharpen their points of view. The top three of the 100 selected participants from the essay competition have the unique opportunity of presenting their ideas in front of a world-renowned audience and share in the grand prize of CHF 20’000. Additionally, the 20 best essays will be published on their website.

For immediate further information, kindly visit the Symposium website.

Bupa UniHack 2020

UniHack is your opportunity to share your ideas with other students and employers on how we can address some of the biggest issues that are shaping the world we live and work in. What should automobile companies do to address climate change? How can law firms improve workplace diversity? How do we support mental health of students impacted by Covid-19? If you have ideas to share, the world is ready to listen. 

And that's not all. You can win fabulous prizes, connect with employers and showcase your skills. 

Applications are open now! For more information and to register visit the Project Set webpage.

You and your team will be invited to join a curated set of tutorials and help sessions with business leaders and investors during 9-20 November. The first round results will be announced on 30 November and up to 20 teams will be invited to join a three day virtual event with employers and mentors during 6-8 December. The final winners will be announced on 7 December. During this time, you will have complete access to your virtual workspace where you can share plans, files and messages with your team mates. We will also assign a virtual mentor to support and guide you, as needed.


Citadel Virtual Datathon 2020

Hosted by Citadel LLC and Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One, the Data Open is launching the season for Imperial College London with Europe Regional Datathon, which will take place virtually this Fall!

The Data Open challenges students from the world's best universities to tackle real-world social challenges in topics such as urban traffic, renewable energy, and education. 

Taking place between 19 - 26 October, teams will have a week to work on their submissions, with the flexibility to showcase their skills on their own schedule. Top performing students across Europe have the opportunity to win $25,000 in cash prizes, exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel, and global recognition. 

Sign up via the Citadel website. 

Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so I encourage you to apply now! Last day to apply is Sunday, 11 October.

CodeVita coding competition

This is the 9th season of the contest hosted by TATA Consultancy Services taking the joy of programming across the globe.

What will the format look like?

  • There are three rounds: the Pre-qualifier stage (1 December), the Qualifier stage (1st week of February) and the Grand Finale (March).

Who can join?

  • All students in the UK and Ireland, including international students, can participate
  • Students from all years in higher education
  • Students from any academic backgrounds (with a passion for coding)
  • Students graduating from 2021 onwards

What’s in it for you?

  • Some of the main benefits include: the top three global winners will receive a monetary prize and the top three UK winners will gain the opportunity to work at TCS.

How do I register?

  • Visit the TCS Codevita website to register for participation. The website will allow you to access further information, which includes an about section, sample questions and an FAQ section.

Ferrari GT Academy 2021

The objective is to recruit 12 talented individuals, to join Ferrari as interns on this dedicated program. Each individual will be accompanied by their respective Line Manager on their objectives, delivery and coaching, as well as working on a transversal project as Academy-team together (Engineering + Manufacturing + Marketing/Sales participants together).

For more information and to apply for the opportunity please visit the Ferrari careers pages.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 18 October 2020 and the internship projects start in early 2021 in Maranello, Italy. 

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.

Imperial College London - Data Science Society Challenges

We have projects from GOV.UK (government digital service). Get a chance to win an interview if you perform well by the end of the application project.

Start date: Spring term

Eligibility: a member of ICDSS AND be a UK, Commonwealth or EEA national and have the right to work in the UK (to pass the security clearance that takes at least six weeks)

Notes: We welcome and encourage the applications from everyone, including the groups currently underrepresented in our workforce!

How to apply

1. Mini challenge and application form submission

  • Choose one of the six distinct datasets provided to complete or showcase a Data Science Project of yours. Send your solutions in the form of a Jupyter Notebook/PDF report via email by 23 October 2020.
  • Full details of the challenges can be found here.
  • Complete the challenges on the github repo and send us your details and resume through this form.

2. Interview

We will shortlist promising candidates and invite them for interviews from 26 October 2020 onwards. Interviews will be conducted online (date and time TBC)

  • Successful candidates will be notified within two weeks of the interview and will join the ICDSS Advanced Data Science Team
  • Further team formation and project details will be disclosed

    More projects will be coming soon for the spring term.

    Good luck!

    Mekong Business Challenge 2020-2021

    The Mekong Business Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition for university students in the Mekong Region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province, China). Seleted teams will receive mentoring from McKinsey & Company and the winning team will travel to the United States to compete in the Global Business Model Cometition.

    Download the application from the Mekong Challenge website, form a team of up to three members, upload a three minute video on YouTube summarising your idea and submit it to

    The deadline for applications is 15 November 2020.

    Student Space Symposium

    UKSEDS invites you to take part in the Student Space Symposium on 10 October 2020, aimed at current or recent undergraduates and postgraduate students. The symposium is a virtual event that provides students with the opportunity to write and present space-related papers to an audience of their peers and be published in the symposium proceedings. 

    Please visit the Student Space Symposium website for more details.


    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. 

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    The Deutsche Bank Global Coding Challenge 2020

    The world is changing and so are we. Help us get there and participate in Deutsche Bank's Global Coding Challenge.

    Take the opportunity to demonstrate your engineering skills, coding abilities, and creative thinking while competing against other talented software developers at the Deutsche Bank Global Coding Challenge.

    Our commitment to technology is clear to see; Deutsche Bank has become one of the first financial institutions to establish professional research and development capabilities, including our global network of five Innovation Labs, Global Technology Centres and Digital Factory. We have established a dedicated Technology, Data and Innovation function, which brings together our experts under one common IT strategy. Our commitment to you is to provide an engineering culture which inspires collaboration and innovation. At Deutsche Bank you can inspire, test, develop and progress.

    Show us your creativity, problem solving and programming abilities by taking on the Deutsche Bank Global Coding Challenge starting 5 October 2020 to 16 October 2020.

    Register now to take part.

    The IBSA Foundation Fellowships 2020 Call

    The ISBA Group have recently launched the 8th edition of The IBSA Foundation Fellowships 2020 Call that awards five fellowships of €30,000/each to young researchers under the age of 40, from Universities and Research Institutes around the world, who have distinguished themselves for their skills and have ongoing projects of particular relevance in the following research areas:

    • dermatology
    • endocrinology
    • fertility/urology
    • orthopaedics/pain medicine/rheumatology

    and the 2020 special edition

    • coronavirus infections - systemic and tissue-specific effects, novel targets for potential therapies

    Please find more information about the Call on the IBSA Foundation's website.

    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

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

    UniCode League 2020

    The UniCode League is kicking off in October 2020, 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