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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

Airbus New Space Challenge 2019

To enter submit a 1 page abstract on any new commercial business idea relating to space.

Examples but not limited to: Constellations, pseudo satellites, traditional satellites, launchers; Applications, services, data collection, mining.

1st Prize £800, 2nd Prize £400

Deadline for entries: 14 February 2019

The best entries will be invited to create a more detailed business plan and give a 30-minute presentation at the Airbus Stevenage site in April. Senior Airbus management will be attending and asking questions regarding your business idea.

The competition will be judged on the idea, innovation, technical and commercial feasibility and the business plan.

This is a group competition (min 2, max 5) open to all students working towards any undergraduate or Master’s degree.

To apply, please email unicom@airbus.com with the subject line ‘Airbus New Space Challenge’ to receive an entrance application form. Then please email the completed application form and a 1 page abstract in PDF format to unicom@airbus.com. Both are required to enter the competition.

For more information about the New Space Challenge 2019, and our T&Cs, please email unicom@airbus.com.

Airbus Student Presentation Competition 2019

To enter submit a 350-word abstract on any space-related topic you have undertaken at university. We are primarily looking for exciting and innovative ideas encountered during your study or research.

1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100

Deadline for entries: 8 February 2019

The best entries will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation on their chosen topic at the National Student Space Conference, being held on 2 March 2019, to a panel of industry experts and an audience of students from across the country. Your presentation will be judged based on the technical merit of the topic, potential for development of the idea and quality of presentation. At the event you will also have the opportunity to meet engineers and graduates working in the company, attend talks by leading members of the space sector and network with other students.

The competition is open to all students working towards an undergraduate or master’s degree and entries must be individual

To apply, please email unicom@airbus.com with the subject line ‘Airbus Presentation Competition 2019’ to receive an entrance application form and the terms & conditions. Then please email the completed application form and a 350 word abstract in PDF format to unicom@airbus.com. Both are required to enter the competition.

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

Hiscox University Challenge

The Hiscox University Challenge is a national competition for students to develop creative solutions for tackling the challenges the insurance industry faces every day.

We’re offering entrants the opportunity to win fast-tracked entry to the Hiscox graduate assessment centre, access to industry experts, networking opportunities and sponsorship for your university society or group.

Why participate?

  • The winner will receive £1,000 for their university society or group
  • Fast-tracked entry to the Hiscox graduate assessment centre
  • The opportunity to pitch ideas to Hiscox executives, innovators and industry leaders
  • Access to professional training including leadership skills and presentation techniques 
  • And much more!

Register your interest today!

We’re looking for a team who show razor-sharp insight, visualise their data effectively and can present their ideas in a persuasive and insightful manner. You'll be expected to dedicate between 8 - 10 hours over a three-month period. 

If you think your team has what it takes or would like to find out more information, fill in our quick online application form here: Hiscox University Challenge. 

If you have trouble finding a team, we'll also consider exceptional individuals. You have until 11 January to register your interest, so get in quick!

Have any questions? Feel free to get in touch at universities@hiscox.com. We look forward to working with you!

ICAEW 100

Do you have a good blend of professional skills? Are you proficient at multi-tasking and prioritising? If so, the ICAEW 100 competition is for you.

ICAEW is inviting you to test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise. Students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes at noon on the 15th April 2019 will be in with a chance of winning exclusive opportunities and prizes.

First prize

The student with the highest overall score will win:

  • £5,000 to be used for personal development towards your future career!
  • A one on one employability skills session with a member of our student recruitment team. You will learn how to improve your interview technique, create an eye-catching CV and increase your commercial awareness amongst other skills.

As well as this, there are a range of prizes up for grabs for students who have excelled in certain areas of the exercises.

For more information, please access the following link: ICAEW 100.

Lalco Residency Scholarship Programme

Lalco Residency is a serviced apartment hotel located in the heart of suburban Mumbai, Andheri – East. Their mission is to provide guests with an affordable alternative to the expensive hotels of India’s largest metropolis while maintaining the comfort, space, and luxury of a private residence with 5-Star amenities. They provide our guests with a convenient and relaxing “home away from home” stay during their business or leisure travels.

Every year Lalco Residency try to figure out new ways to improve their services and add to the value they provide to their guests. Some of their best ideas have come from their newest employees, fresh out of college. From this realization, Lalco Residency’s Annual Scholarship Program was born. This scholarship is open to all students across the globe and will be awarded to one student annually.

Scholarship Value:

A USD $500 cash scholarship will be awarded to 1 student, chosen as winner by LR’s judging panel.

Students are free to use the scholarship amount towards any expense related to his/her educational pursuit.

For more information, visit the following link: Lalco Residency Scholarship Programme.

Merck Innovation Cup

From June 23 - 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup 

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization.

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

To apply, visit Innovation Cup - Merck Group or Innovation Cup - Merck Group (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

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.

PepsiCo Global Student Challenge

This is more than a competition. This is innovation in action. PepsiCo's Global Student Challenge is a unique opportunity to pitch your own big idea. The chance to respond to real, thought-provoking challenges that could make a difference on a global scale and may be your entry point to a rotational Graduate Position in Digital, Marketing Insights, Supply Chain or Human Resources.

The objective of this challenge is to imagine the next big food and beverage trend. This trend might be a new product or flavour—but it could also be something broader, like eco-friendly sourcing, the slow food movement or sustainable packaging.

The winners will fly to NY to meet other winners from across the globe and get the opportunity to present their idea to PepsiCo’s leadership team. All finalists will be offered interviews for spots on the Digital, Insights and Supply Chain PepsiCo Go Graduate programmesTo participate in this challenge, students only need to register on the platform and submit their idea in a 10-slide presentation before March 11th

Find out more and register here: Dare To Do More - Europe.

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.

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.

Siemens Arcade

Students! Welcome to Siemens Arcade.

A competition with amazing prizes to be won. Arcade is designed to test and excite the toughest gamers and business brains. As the UK accelerates towards its fourth industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0, we are calling for top UK university students. We want to show you the advanced technologies you could help create and build a better world. Will you share our vision?

Siemens Arcade Prizes
1st Place
APPLE MacBook Air 13.3” with Retina Display (2018) - 128 GB SSD Space Grey

2nd Place
APPLE iPad mini 4 - 128 GB, Space Grey

3rd Place
£150 Amazon voucher
 
4th Place
£100 Amazon voucher

5th Place
£50 Amazon voucher
 
Find out more and apply here: Siemens Arcade.

 

Student Challenges Competition

The Institute of Global Health Innovation's Student Challenges Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase and develop their ideas to bring about positive change to global health. The competition is open to all university students based in the UK and offers the chance to win funding towards implementing their idea to improve world health.  

Applications are invited for projects that cover any aspect of global health innovation. 

For more information and to apply, visit the following page: Student Challenges Competition.

Studyka

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

See all the current challenges.

The Great Competition

Join the Design Museum for the launch of The Great Competition, a new national design and engineering challenge for undergraduates. The inaugural competition will run over the 2018-2019 academic year and invites undergraduate students to respond to an industry-led live brief on sustainable manufacturing. Inspired by the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, students are challenged to develop innovative solutions to one of today’s most pressing societal, environmental and business problems.

This year, undergraduate students are invited to respond to an industry-led live brief on sustainable manufacturing, inspired by the UK Government’s Industrial Society.

Eligibility

The Great Competition is open to any undergraduate studying design, design engineering, engineering or any related course or discipline anywhere in the United Kingdom. Entries will be accepted from both individuals and teams. Entries do not have to be developed expressly in response to The Great Competition brief, and maybe current coursework, but must be the original work of the entrant(s).

Shortlisted students will have the chance to take part in a masterclass at the Design Museum, with the winner receiving a cash award.

Key Dates

14 January 2019: Online registration and submission open.
16 April 2019: Final registration and submission deadline at 17.00.
May 2019: Judges select short-listed submissions.
30 May 2019: Final Judging and Awards Celebration and Masterclass for shortlisted students.

Register your interest

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.

The Morpheus Prize

The Morpheus Cup is an innovation championship held for University and Graduate School students all over Europe aimed at encouraging student entrepreneurship. Since its first edition in 2015, the Morpheus Cup has been supported by the European Commission as it is aligned with their ambitions to tackle talents’ shortage in Europe.

The fifth edition of The Morpheus Cup will take place in the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg City.

PART 1: The MORPHEUS PRIZE - students can compete individually or by team by submitting an innovative project or start-up idea by 7th April 2019. They can choose up to 3 categories among the following: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Customer Experience, FinTech, HealthTech, E-commerce, HRtech, Virtual & Augmented Reality. The top 3 projects for each category will be invited to join us in Luxembourg on May 22nd 2019 to pitch in front of an international jury composed of representatives from leading brands (see 2018’s jury: www.morpheuscup.com/jury-2018/)

WHY PARTICIPATE:

  • It is the largest European universities & graduate schools' championship providing a one of a kind, invaluable experience.
  • Showcase your skills as you present in front of a renowned international jury.
  • Chance to win different awards and prizes (up to €6000) and gain credibility and awareness for your idea.
  • Opportunity to network with professionals and potential employers.
  • Free Access to International event: ICT Spring.

ELIGIBILITY

The Morpheus Cup is open to all European students and those who have graduated within a year of the competition. Students from any discipline are able to apply either individually or in teams of up to four. Entries do not have to be developed specifically for the Morpheus Prize but must be the students' own work.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST: http://www.morpheuscup.com/

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 Startups.co.uk. 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.

UniCode 2019

UniCode is ShowCode’s flagship student competition! Taking place over 6 months there is a £10,000 prize fund available across the entire competition. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience coding in the real world while having the chance to win real cash prizes. Join the competition today and see if you can be crowned our UniCode 2019 Champion!

Format 

Level 1Quick coding challenge! (language of choice). We record all keystrokes, so keep it original and clean! A score of 60% grants you passage to Level 2!
Level 2: 1-hour coding challenge (language of choice), 2 questions. Top 50% qualify for the big finale!

Final: 1-hour live Coding Challenge. Set at a dedicated time and date.

 TimeLine

 Level 1: 1 September  ­-31 January 2019

Level 2: 1 February - 28 February 2019

Final: March 2019 - Time and Date TBC

Announce UniCode 2019 Winner: March 2019

 

To register your interest 

Venture Catalyst Challenge

The Venture Catalyst Challenge enables Imperial students and alumni, within three years of graduation, to develop an innovative idea for commercialisation.

If you have created something as part of your coursework, have an idea that spins out of your research, or have a project you’ve been messing around with on weekends, then the VCC is for you!

For more information and to apply, please access the following page: Venture Catalyst Challenge

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 competition@simon-kucher.com
  • 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: tiny.cc/SK-UKinternship