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.

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.

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.