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.

  • targetjobs: Maths, Physics and Economics Undergraduate of the Year - chance to win an eight-week paid summer internship with Glencore, plus access to unlimited online learning material about the commodities market. The winner will also receive 1-2-1 mentoring and lunch with senior members of Glencore’s oil division leadership team. Open to undergraduates in their penultimate or final year on a Maths, Physics or Economics related degree and be on track for a 2.1. Applications opened in October and will close at noon on 30 January 2023. 
  • 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.
  • 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. Watch and read the winning entries from 2022. Applications will open again in 2023.
  • 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. Applications opened in March and closed on 24 April 2022. 
  • YES Competitions - business plan competition for postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Check website for deadlines.