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

Postdoctoral Programme for Scholars of Excellence

The Postdoctoral Programme for Scholars of Excellence provides exceptional individuals an opportunity to generate an innovative and independent research programme under the instruction of researchers based at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  

The program provides applicants with a generous stipend for three to five years, access to research facilities and support while obtaining rigorous mentorship to foster their early career development as child health researchers.

For more information, please access the following link: Scholars of Excellence Programme.

Zurich Enterprise Challenge

Crack the case! How would you advise a Swiss pharma company to invest in emerging markets? 

Team up and gain access to the exclusive Zurich Risk Room tool to showcase your strategic thinking & risk management skills to industry experts! 

Your team is one phase away from consulting with Zurich Insurance Ltd. and their corporate clients. For more information and to apply, please visit the following link: Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2018.

Deloitte Capture the Flag Competition

The competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate their technical and advisory cyber-skills. This year we are also including a client scenario and presentation so it’s not just about technical know-how! The cyber-recovery scenario will require finalists to present their solution to an Investment Panel, this will offer a real taste for the work we do at Deloitte…and some juicy extra points.

For all finalists, prize money is on offer alongside the chance to be fast-tracked for positions within our Market Leading Cyber Practice.

We are building on the success of last years’ event, which included:

  • 36 students from 8 universities made it to competition, hosted in our London offices.
  • £5,000 in cash prizes.
  • Over 200 slices of pizza and 100 cans of energy drink.
  • A number of the finalists are now working in our cyber team having joined on the graduate scheme in September.

What is the competition?

This competition tests students’ penetration testing, forensics, malware and intrusion analysis skills in a fun and competitive environment. In addition, this year teams will need to develop an approach to recovering a business after a cyber-attack. Teams will need technical, advisory and presentation skills.

The competition is split into two phases: initial qualifying will be hosted remotely followed by the top-scoring universities invited to compete in the all-day final held at the Deloitte offices in Central London at a later date.  

Some key points:

  • Qualification will be held on 31 October, with the final scheduled for the 23 November.
  • As well as cash prizes for the top 3 teams, participants, if they request it, can interview for summer internships or places on our graduate scheme (we’ve included information on what job opportunities are on offer below).
  • Only one team can enter from each university, with a team being made up of a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6.
  • This event is free to enter and travel costs for finalists will be covered by Deloitte.
  • This is predominately a recruitment event, and although any students (from first year to PhD student) are eligible to enter, preference will be given to teams with participants who are looking to enter the workforce (e.g. within the next 12 months, final year students etc.).

How can students enter this competition?

If you are interested in participating in the competition or would like more information then please let us know by getting in touch with the Capture the Flag team. All you need to enter the qualifying round is:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Your University

Project Firefly

Project Firefly is an open merit-based platform for you to compete, achieve, win awards and get hired for your skills. The project runs competitions throughout the year, including the Zurich Enterprise Challenge, the HOLT Valuation Challenge and monthly Current Affairs essay competitions.


Take part in the best student challenges! Mix your skills, win prizes, and be noticed by companies. 

See all the current challenges.

The Mayor's Entrepreneur

Are you a student or a recent graduate? 

Do you have a business idea that can improve the city that we live in?

The Mayor's Entrepreneur has expanded to include not one, not two, but three prizes of £20,000 each!

We are looking for smart business ideas focused on one of the three awards in the Environment, Tech and Creative Industries sectors.

More details here: The Mayor's Entrepreneur.

ICPR 2018 Challenge

ICPR(International Conference on Pattern Recognition)2018 will be an international forum for discussions on recent advances in the fields of Pattern Recognition Machine Learning and Computer Vision, and on applications of these technologies in various fields. There are three tasks of the ICPR 2018 Competition under the topic of robust reading for multi-type web images, but the registration, submission, evaluation and awarding processes of the three tasks are completely independent.

For more information and to apply, please access this link: ICPR 2018 Challenge

The Grantham Art Prize

The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, together with the Department of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (RCA), are delighted to announce this art competition on the theme of Climate Change and the Environment. Run as part of the Grantham Institute's 10th Anniversary celebrations, this competition is designed to create a conversation about climate change and the environment in a visual way and to kick start collaborations between Imperial and RCA students and academics. 

For more information and to participate, please access this link: The Grantham Art Prize 2018.

Huawei AI challenge

The AI Challenge is a programming competition organized by Huawei. You pick your team to work together, and Huawei picks a Challenge in the field of Artificial Intelligence for you to solve. Are you up for the challenge? Click here to find out more: Huawei EU competition


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.

ReaderWriterLounge - short story contest

ReaderWriterLounge is a creative and socially connecting website where writers can showcase their storytelling talent and readers can enjoy their stories and like, follow and share on social media. 

They are organising a short story contest, where entries are invited from all over the globe, in all category and anyone aged 16 or over. All entries to be submitted via their registration page by 31 August 2018. The winners will be announced on their website and social network on 28 September 2018. The Competition judges will be appointed by ReaderWriterLounge and the judges’ decision will be final.

1st Prize - Gold award! - £100 GBP

2nd Prize - Silver award! - £50 GBP

3rd Prize -  Bronze award! - £20 GBP

For more information, please access this link: ReaderWriterLounge

Green Alley Award

You belong to the European startup avantgarde who fights for a sustainable world without waste? Help turn the linear into a circular economy with your green business idea and apply to the Green Alley Award, Europe’s first startup prize promoting digital circular economy solutions, recycling innovations and ideas for waste prevention. Applications including a customized pitch deck must be sent until 1 July 2018 via an online form at Green Alley Award

The offer: At the finals in Berlin, six startups will meet high-ranking expert practitioners in one-on-one mentoring sessions and pitch their idea to a great network of partners in the European circular economy and startup sector. The one and only Green Alley Award winner receives 25,000 euro in cash. Don’t miss out on boosting your green business across Europe!

Call for Code Global Initiative

IBM and partners today launched the Call for Code Global Initiative, the largest and most ambitious effort to bring startup, academic and enterprise developers together to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: preventing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

Through Call for Code, IBM and David Clark Cause are joining forces with the United Nations Human Rights Office and its human rights-based approach to humanitarian action, which focuses on securing the participation of affected groups in preparedness, response and recovery efforts, and bringing attention to the most excluded and marginalized populations.

Challenge Scope =
Build applications that improve disaster preparedness and build resilient communities.

Participants will have access to IBM developer tools, assets from IBM Research labs, free code and training to jump - start their solutions.  Award winners will receive IP protection, have the opportunity to present their solution to leading VCs and receive financial rewards.  In addition, winning solutions will be deployed on the ground by our IBM’s Corporate Service Corps – in communities most in need around the world.  

The Challenge begins 19 June and runs through 21 August.  

Here is the link for the initiative: Call for Code.

Autocar-Courland Next Generation award

Aged between 17 and 25 and want to kick-start your career in the automotive industry?

Come up with a problem-solving idea or innovation that will improve the UK automotive business and you could win £8000 plus a five-month work experience placement at Horiba Mira, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan and Toyota.

Visit the website and enter today: Autocar-Courland Next Generation award.

Terms and conditions apply. See website for details.

Elevating Ideas

Wordlabs is a young London-based startup offering aspiring and established entrepreneurs a platform to access the necessary tools to grow their idea.

To celebrate their launch, they are running a competition that awards £50k to the most innovative idea or startup from any field. The best 10 applicants will have the opportunity to pitch at a large startup conference in October.

To find out more about the competition, please access this link: Elevating Ideas.

What would you pay to be a superhero?

NewProd Ltd have created a range of superpowers, including invisibility, super strength and the ability to fly. They’re great inventors but need help commercialising these.

Our challenge to you: Tell us your pricing strategy for ‘the superpower range’ for a chance to win an internship with Simon-Kucher.

  • Submit your strategy (600 words or less) to
  • We are looking for creative and analytical answers
  • Short-listed entrants will be invited to a presentation and networking day at our London office in February 2019 to expand on their ideas in front of our expert panel of judges
  • Competition closes 28 January 2019
  • Open to all penultimate and final year university students

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global consulting firm specialising in TopLine Power®, which encompasses strategy, marketing, pricing, and sales. Our practice is built on evidence-based, practical strategies for profit improvement via the top line. Simon-Kucher is regarded as the world’s leading pricing advisor and thought leader.

Summer Internship Programme 2019: Unparalleled consulting experience at the world’s leading pricing advisor. Enjoy genuine responsibility from day one, and insights into a career in strategy, pricing and marketing consulting. Find out more:

National Investment Banking Competition

Participation in NIBC will provide hands-on experience and insight into the daily responsibilities of both junior and senior investment bankers. Competitors will utilize and develop skills essential for a successful career in investment banking including:

  • Researching and analyzing financial data
  • Running scenarios in financial models
  • Evaluating structural alternatives against client parameters
  • Creating pitch books
  • Presenting to senior management

The Competition culminates in a live pitch by finalist teams to Managing Directors of leading North American investment banks and an audience of 150 professionals and 350 students at the annual Gala Dinner.  

For more information, please access the following link: National Investment Banking Competition. Please note that there is a registration fee of $140 per team.

Capgemini Invent Consulting Cup Skills Session

Do you want to a career in management consulting? Do you want to work in a variety of markets covering many exciting innovative projects? Come and get involved with the Capgemini Invent Consulting Cup to know more about management consulting and learn new key consulting skills. The annual event involves university students working in small teams on a Capgemini case study, competing against each other to win the Cup and an exciting prize!

Taking part in the Consulting Cup is a great way for you to develop your consulting skills in a practical environment, learn more about a career in consulting and meet a variety of consultants – from those on the Capgemini Invent graduate programme to more senior individuals.

The format of the competition is as follows:

Sign up for the skills session held at Imperial College on 12 November from 18:00-21:00, through this page. It is delivered by Capgemini Invent Consultants who will introduce core consulting skills to you and describe the task involving a very exciting case study. We would love as many teams as we can get from Imperial College to attend, there will also be an opportunity to have a beer (or 2) and food with the Capgemini Invent consulting team.

The competition continues through 2 more rounds:

Round 1 – teams work on the case study and submit their applications to the Capgemini Invent Consulting Cup team and then one team from each university is chosen to proceed to round 2.

Round 2 (the Final) - shortlisted teams are invited to Capgemini Invent's Head Office in Holborn, London and experience a Capgemini account/project tradeshow and networking event. They are then given a new case study to work on before presenting their solution to a panel of judges and a winning team is announced and the prize is given!

Capgemini Invent looks forward to seeing you on 12 November and we wish you all the best of luck with the Consulting Cup!

Grads in Games

Search For A Star is one of the industry’s biggest student game development challenges, designed to help you make the leap from student to professional games developer.

Jobs, internships and mentoring are available for a high achieving final year and Masters students, while personal feedback from industry professionals and impressive portfolio pieces can improve employability tenfold!

The Challenge

We’ve worked with leading studios all over the country to bring you this year’s Search for a Star. Our industry judges have created a number of briefs to challenge and test your skills, giving you the perfect opportunity to show these guys what you’re capable of.

The challenge consists of five categories which you can enter: games programming, 3D character art, 3D environment art, 3D animation, and VFX. Each category has its own briefs and, where applicable, concept art donated by the industry.

The Format

We want to prepare you for what lies ahead; that’s why our challenge has been split into components designed by industry experts to mirror a typical games industry recruitment process.

We’ve got a number of great industry partners with us this year, which means we’re happy to say that all students who register for Search for a Star this year will be able to take part in both the Skills Assessment and the Dev Project! You’ll have even more opportunity to show the judges what you can do!

Stage 1: The Skills Assessment: A HackerRank C++ test for programmers or a portfolio assessment for artists;

Stage 2: The Dev Project: Programmers create their very own game which can be taken in any direction they see fit, while artists create a game-ready asset pack to industry briefs. You can check out what last year’s winners created here;

The Interview: Outstanding students will be invited to our Finals Day Showcase Event to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to a panel of industry experts

What’s in it for you?

  • Winners get the opportunity to have a job interview arranged with leading game development studios
  • Build your portfolio and improve skills with feedback from professionals in your field
  • Win big prizes donated by the industry! Games, tech, 
  • Develop a games project using a real brief and have your work showcased in front of some of the UK’s leading games studios
  • Experience interview panels with judges from the industry, including big names such as Sumo Digital and TT Games

Registration now for Search For A Star 2019