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Make your CV stand out by entering a competition, award or prize

Competitions, prizes and awards are a great way for you to gain experience for your CV and often some cash or work experience. Many competitions require you to work in a team / produce innovative ideas / work to a brief / write a report, all great skills to put on your CV even if you don't win!

Most recently added competitions at the top. Many run every year check entry and closing dates

  • Postgrad of the year award Nominate your peer, teacher, supervisor, department or institution now to win one of our awards, including a £500 cash prize for student winners.

  • Take part in the Code Life Ventilator challenge

  • MASH - Made in heaven Design a new food or drink brand for millennials but with a difference. Brand and design your pack and brand world. Prizes include a 4 week paid placement.

  • World Asian Case Competition
  • Athena Hack 2020 All-women/non-binary hackathon, for anyone aged 18+ Use your skills to help solve global issues with the power of technology. Travel and accommodation costs paid.
  • DBACE Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs
  • FSE Digital win £500 which can be used towards the cost of course books or living costs and a paid two-week internship in the summer of 2020.
  • ONS Renaissance Prize Economics prize challenges applicants to reflect on the improved measurement of the modern economy. The competition is open to undergraduate students in UK universities. The winning candidate will receive a prize of £500 and the opportunity to present their concept to our economic experts.
  • Care innovation challenge, Hackathon style event Taking on the challenges of the care sector.
  • Siemens NX Global student challenge
  • First Ascent An exclusive, three-day, all-expenses-paid retreat for twenty of Europe’s finest Computer Science & Software Engineering students.
  • Autocar Drivers of Change competition Seeks to promote talent interested in entering three exciting areas of the automotive industry: technology, digital and retail. Winner receives up to £5000
  • Deloitte young women challenge 2020
  • CleanTech Challenge Team challenge, win £10,000 toward developing your business.
  • Engineering for Access 2020 Win prototype of your product made PLUS cash prize
  • Pump Court - tax problem competition First Prize – £750 and a Mini-pupillage.
  • The Mint Formations enterprising entrepreneur award
  • D&Ad New blood awards 2020 Kick start your career in advertising and design with an award for students, graduates, and aspiring creatives.
  • Agorize Various challenges - for students, hackathons and startups.
  • GSA Spark Coding challenge for 1st year undergraduates only.
  • The University of Law @u_law has launched a national Instagram competition giving YOU the chance to win a placement with a reputable large company located near one of their campuses, there are 7 spots, and places are first come first served so act fast!
  • Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany Innovation Cup 2020 win EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.
  • Future legal mind competition win £2,000 and a mentoring session with one of National Accident Helpline’s experienced in-house lawyers‌
  • Majedie Assest Management competition Investing women - next generation investor. An opportunity for up to three teams of women undergraduates to learn the nitty gritty of equity investing, overseen by industry experts.
  • Vision direct competition £25,000 for a winning product design that solves some of the small but meaningful challenges that face contact lens wearers daily.
  • Open innovation challenges Explore the latest industry issues and gather professional experience, work with companies like Bayer, VINCI Construction and Mercedes-Benz.
  • Fidelity International’s 2019 University Competition launches on the 30th September and culminate on the 10th of December with a Pitch Day at the Fidelity offices in London, where the top 5 teams will present to win the grand prize of £1,000 per team member.
  • UniCode 2020 is ShowCode’s flagship student competition! Team prize of £10,000 , individual prize £5,000. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience coding in the real world, while having the chance to win real cash prizes. Opens Oct 19.
  • Amazon UK Campus Challenge £10,000 prize.
  • Deborah Rogers Foundation 2020 Writers Award £10,000 award to a first-time writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who needs financial support to complete their work. Submissions opened on 1st June 2019 and will close on 31st October 2019.
  • China UK Entrepreneurship Competition Prizes include £1,000 Cash, subsidised trip to China, 10 million investment fund with YingDe Group, Six months investment service.
  • FT challenge Participants will compete in teams to solve real business and strategic cases related to the digital and media world.
  • GSA Ultra coding competition 1st PRIZE: £10,000
  • Copernicus Masters challenges Different prize categories tackle global challenges with revolutionary competition entries in the fields of agriculture, energy, health and digital transport – just to name a few.
  • WorldQuant competitions Compete with others, learn about quantitative finance and potentially earn a role as a research consultant.
  • Trendhim Scholarship Ceated to empower and support students that have a passion for business, design, marketing and IT and would like to pursue a career in any of the below fields or start their own business. Prize €2.000
  • Formula student 130 university teams from more than 30 countries across the world compete to design, build and race the best single-seater race car.
  • Autodesk "Design for Industry" Challenges Interested in demonstrating your design skills to industry professionals? Put your skills to use in real-world product design with one of our Autodesk Design for Industry Challenges, and gain access to industry professionals who will review your work and potentially help to mentor you.
  • Undergraduate of the year Various awards for different subject areas & categories.
  • Proto labs design challenge An exciting challenge to showcase your talent by creating the new ‘Design Aid' for Proto Labs, a leading global digital manufacturer. The design aid is a useful engineering tool to show the achievable and limiting features to consider when designing a part for manufacturing.
  • ICAEW is looking for students to be the next generation of business leaders. Win £5000 to be spent on your professional development.
  • Gradsingames competitions. For students who want to work in computer games. 2 competition levels, Masters & Final year or 1st & 2nd year.
  • Project Firefly Do you have fresh insights about contemporary business, economic, political or international affairs? Various competitions available, with Credit Swisse Holt.
  • PWC opportunity challenge competition National general knowledge quiz competition where teams from across the UK’s top universities compete against each other to flaunt their intellectual prowess. We're running 26 heats, regional winners will receive a cash prize of £1,000, with the national final being held at an exclusive event in our More London office to battle it out for the ultimate prize of £5,000. This is a great opportunity for all UK University clubs and societies
  • The Global Student Challenge is introduced by the Supply Chain Finance Community to create awareness on, and stimulate development in the topic of Supply Chain Finance. Compete for up to €20,000 in cash prizes, Win a free trip to The Netherlands, Try the world’s best professional training tool in Supply Chain, start a successful career by exclusive membership in our recruitment platform.
  • Go Green in the City Schneider Electric global business case challenge. Revolutionise energy management and gain unique insight into one of the leading global energy management companies. Open to undergraduate or masters level students studying business or engineering.
  • National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) Categories include best intern, best placement student, best society and more.