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.

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.

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.


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


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.

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!


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.


 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 

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.

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.

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.

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