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.

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Sustainathon Competition for students to present their solutions to real-life sustainability problems. Form a team of two to six, from any degree discipline/year of study and participate in a two-week sprint to set out your solutions to problems facing the world now. Win sustainable prizes and an opportunity to showcase your idea as part of events taking place around the time of COP26. Last date to Register 11th Oct 2021.
  • SCL (Society for Computers and Law) Student Bytes X 4 Pump Court The Law of Artificial Intelligence Moot Competition! Deadline for submission 15 October.
  • First Ascent International Organised by European tech company Bending Spoons. Exclusive, four-day, all-expenses-paid retreat in May 2022 for twenty impressive Computer Science & Engineering students studying in Europe. Apply by 6 November 2021.
  • Shape the World of Tomorrow Challenge Dassault Systèmes competition to design innovative solutions to build a sustainable tomorrow. Submit your ideas by 31 October 2021.
  • Student positive impact awards. JP Morgan & Rate My Placement - Nominate yourself or a fellow student for a selfless act, a charitable deed or an inspirational achievement. Great prizes event just for nominating.
  • Equal Engineers Climate Challenge Looking for creative and out-of-this-world ideas to help tackle the effects of climate change. Your creations could be for small personal usage, or tackle the largest problems. Be as imaginative as you can. Either individually, or as a team, pitch in with your innovative solutions to help counter the effects of climate change.
  • Findamasters.com scholarship competition If you’re planning to start a Masters degree for 2021/22, you could win a £6,000 scholarship from FindAMasters to fund your studies.
  • Findaphd.com scholarship competition If you’re planning to start your PhD for 2021/22, you could win a £6,000 scholarship from FindAPhD to fund your studies.
  • Bayer Digital Campus Challenge 2021 How can digital technologies can be used in healthcare to improve people’s lives? Choose a category and develop your solution for the opportunity to pitch to Bayer's top management in Germany. Register until 7 November 2021.
  • L'Oreal Brandstorm Competition Annual competition to innovate the next generation of retail.
  • Future Legal Mind Annual law essay competition run by National Accident Helpline to find the UK’s brightest legal prospect. Competition is open to law students and to legal trainees who are within the first two years of their careers.The winner will receive a £2,000 prize fund to support their career development and will take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers from the National Accident Helpline team.
  • DBACE Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs.
  • D&AD New blood awards 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.