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

China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition

Applications are now open for the 12th annual China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and business creativity to a real-world situation on an international stage. Each year, the finalists will have the chance to visit China, pitch in front of Chinese provincial government officials and corporates representatives and win cash prizes. 

Winner of this competition will receive the following rewards:

1. Graduate entry 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize £ 650. SME entry 1st prize is £2,000 and 2nd prize is £1,350.

2.The top four teams from either category (SME and Graduate) will be provided with a complimentary investment service for six months.

3. Up to £1,000 trip subsidy to China per team

4. Free access to 10 Cocoon Global Innovation events (worth £1,000)

5. Opportunity to participate freely for one day and one night at the Magna Carta Island event (worth  £2,000)

Application deadline: 31st July 2019

Final competition in China: September 2019

For more details:

Copernicus Masters Challenge

The Copernicus Master Challenge is an international competition that awards prizes to innovative solutions, developments and ideas for business and society based on Earth observation data.

Big data produced by Earth observation holds huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. A wide variety of industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme.

Open to submissions from all over the world, the 9th edition of the Copernicus Masters is looking for outstanding solutions, applications, and business concepts that use Earth observation data to solve important social and commercial challenges. Our world-class partners set participants a wide range of challenges to solve using Earth observation data.

In addition to cash prizes, the winners of the challenges receive access to our leading international network, Earth observation data, startup funding, business development packages and much more!

For more information and to apply, please visit:

G-Research IMO Maths challenge - with weekly cash prizes

G-Research are launching a weekly mathematical challenge in the style of IMO problems - with a cash prize of £1,000 each week for the first person to submit the correct answer.

We will launch a taster challenge to warm you up on Monday 1st July, and the first cash prize challenge will go live at midday Monday 8th July. You will find the puzzles here:

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook to see the challenge first and give yourself the best chance of winning!


ULTRA 2019 is back for the 4th year running and registration is now open. GSA ULTRA 2019 is a puzzle that pits students against one another in a race to complete a crossword whose solutions are answers to mathematical and programming problems. There are cash prizes for the highest scorers. The competition will run from 1st August 2019 to 6th August 2019.  Register now.

Launchpad Competition

Applications are invited for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Launchpad competition.  The Launchpad Competition helps young inventors and designers aged 18-25 get started on their entrepreneurial career.  If you have an innovative engineering idea and want to turn this into a business the award could be for you.

Award winners receive £15,000 cash prize to develop their business as well as training and access to business advisers over a  12-month period.  Previous award winners include Bioengineering graduate Sorin Popa, founder of Pathfinder Medical.

Please visit the following page for more information and to apply: Launchpad Competition

QuEST Ingenium Competition

QuEST Global is an engineering services & solutions partner to the worlds recognised Fortune 500 brands in Aero Engines, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Medical Devices, Oil & Gas, Power, Hi-Tech, Industrial & Rail.

As an organisation we are now launching this programme across the UK and encourage students to submit their projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize – All-expenses paid trip to India with attendance to QuEST Gala Final Event + £500 cash prize
  • 2nd Prize - £500 cash prize
  • 3rd Prize - £250 cash prize

Entries are to be based on any engineering project work done by the students, not necessarily academic projects, and can be based on any theme but must fall within one of the following eight primary domains:

Mechanical ~ Aerospace ~ Industrial ~ Embedded ~ Mechatronics ~ Power Generation ~ Healthcare & Automobile

10 entries will be selected as finalists evaluated at an all-day UK gala event Friday 6th September 2019. Students along with their faculty guide will be invited to showcase their projects in person.

The closing date for applications is June 30th 2019

For more information and to apply, please e-mail: 


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.

XTX Markets Global Forecasting Challenge

XTX Markets is excited to present the XTX Markets Global Forecasting Challenge, an online competition powered by Correlation One! Students will have the opportunity to work with real financial datasets and deploy techniques like machine learning and predictive modelling to discover meaningful insights.

Competition highlights include:

  • $100K in total Cash Prizes (incl. $30,000 if you can beat XTX!)
  • Exciting job opportunities in London and New York
  • Compete against the best quantitative minds from all around the world    

The competition is open for all data-minded contestants.

Find out more and apply here: XTX Markets Global Forecasting Challenge