Searching for the next generation of global health innovators. 

Your entry can either be linked to your end-of-year project/PhD thesis or a separate global health initiative that you wish to develop further. We welcome applications from any UK-based post-graduate and undergraduate students, at any UK university, and you can enter as an individual or group. Please note that the 2018/19 competition has now closed for entries and will reopen in the 2019/20 academic year.

Competition stages

The Student Challenges Competition is run in three stages:

Stage 1 – Preliminary application

  1. Complete the full online application form providing as much detail as possible and making sure to keep within the allocated word count. 
  2. Create a 2-3 minute video to illustrate your project idea and how it works.  Please be as creative as you can as this will go towards the shortlisting decision and may also be shown at the Dragon’s Den event if you are a finalist.  
  3. Submit your application online via our website here. All entrants will be contacted once a shortlisting decision has been made. 

Stage 2 - Synopsis and presentation

Shortlisted candidates who progress to stage 2 will be required to present their idea to a panel of global health experts at our annual Dragon’s Den-style event to find the winner.  

Stage 3 – Project implementation and report on progress

The winner(s) will then progress to stage 3 – the implementation of their idea.  They will be required to present at the following year’s Dragon’s Den event, where they will be given the opportunity to showcase their progress and their journey throughout the competition. 

Further information

If you require any further assistance, please contact us at 

We look forward to receiving your entry.   

Good luck!