Careers Service

Science & health

Science & health

Taking part in competitions can enhance your career opportunities in this sector. You could win a cash prize, an internship or even a chance to travel abroad.

Deadlines are staggered throughout the year, so check each link for up-to-date information.

  • Careers Service: Science & Health - see Life science and Physical Science for a list of scholarships, awards and competitions, including vacation studentships.
  • Society of Biology: Top Student Award - rewards the achievements of outstanding undergraduate biologists by recognising their skills and abilities.
  • Telegraph STEM Awards - opportunity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) undergraduates to get their ideas in front of some of the most influential companies in industry and potentially win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme. Usually opens in September and closes in February each year.
  • Biochemical Society: Science Communication Competition - looks for talented science communicators to take part in their annual competition. You need to submit an original piece of writing or an original video targeted at the general public, on a molecular bioscience topic of your choice. Applications last year closed on 28 May 2020.
  • The Josh Award - recognises and supports up-and-coming talent in science communication. The award is open to anyone involved in science communication in the UK, whether a full or part-time role or practising science communication as part of their job, eg researcher at a University. Opens each year in Spring. Applications usually open in March and close in April.
  • YES Competitions - business plan competition for postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers. YES 21 is open now - first call applications close on 25 August 2021.