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: Computer Science, IT and Physics Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win a summer internship with Skyscanner in either London or Edinburgh, plus a week's experience in their Barcelona office. Open to undergraduates studying computer science, software engineering/development, information systems/technologies, physics or another related degree, who are curious and passionate about the tech industry. Applications opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • 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. Categories include healthcare and innovation. Opened in September - applications this year close on 17 February 2020.
  • 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. Last year's competition opened in January and closed on 15 April 2019. 
  • 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. Last year's deadline was 24 April 2019.
  • SatelLife Challenge - the UK Space Agency is offering young people (from 11 - 22) expert advice for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth. You can enter either as a team or individual for the chance to win a share of the prize fund of £50,000. Last year's competition opened in early January and closed on 3 March 2019.