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

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.

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.

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.

Student Marketing Competition 2018

The 2018 student competition brief is provided by Royal Mail. Your challenge is to increase direct mail usage amongst a young audience in a b2b capacity.

Entries are open to students at any stage of their course; teams must be between 3-6 people. 

Deadline: 25th May 2018.

Submit your entry now: Student Marketing Competition 2018

The Art of Research

Imperial Innovations, the technology transfer office for Imperial College London, have launched an image competition to celebrate the science being undertaken at Imperial. The Art of Research is a chance for all researchers and students to highlight their work and win some exciting prizes. The finalists will be exhibited at the Imperial Festival in April. You can find more information about the competition in this link: The Art of Research.

Cities for our Future

The Cities for our Future Challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with UNESCO UKNC and the ACU.

Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life. 

For more details and to apply, please access this link: The Cities for our Future Challenge.

A world without waste

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group (YPG) calls on young professionals and students who are residents in the UK to create a blog post exploring how we could make the transition towards zero waste communities for a chance to win up to £300.

This theme of this year’s competition, ‘A world without waste', is a challenge for all of us to join the ongoing discussion on how best we can minimise waste generation and reduce our impact on the planet. This competition fits perfectly with the 2018 ISWA YPG’s theme #WHATHAPPENSTOMYWASTE? which is a global campaign to raise awareness about waste and its diverse impacts on our environment.

For more information, please access this link: A world without waste