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Alumni Awards 2017-18: apply now

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

If you, or someone you know, studied in the UK and have gone on to achieve exceptional success, click on 'how to enter' below.

Why enter?

Raise your international profile, build your professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK: just some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award.

ENHANCING SUCCESS AND WIDENING NETWORKS

All selected award finalists benefit from increased PR and press opportunities that raise their profile and share their success with international audiences. Winners of the global awards will be celebrated on a global scale and invited to the UK for a networking and professional development opportunity. Following the awards, winners will be invited to join our panel of judges, to participate in the judging of future award competitions.    

Here are just some of the other benefits that award winners and finalists have gained since receiving their award:

  • Opportunities to connect with people of influence at award cerenmonies, and afterwards: Alumni Award winners in India met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen’s 90th birthday party celebrations in Delhi, 2016
  • Press and PR opportunities and increased national/regional/global profile: Alumni Award winners have been featured in national newspapers of participating countries, for example the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, and the Daily Graphic in Ghana 
  • Professional contacts and connections
  • Reconnecting with UK university and the UK
  • Having a platform to be able to share experiences of UK education/career with others (particularly young people).

Who is eligible?

COUNTRY OF ENTRY

The Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK only.

UK STUDY

Alumni must have studied:

  • within the last 15 years (i.e. 2002 or later)
  • enrolled at an officially recognised (160 institutions) or listed (650 institutions) UK higher education institution
  • at degree level* or above
  • either at in the UK, for a minimum of one term or semester, OR awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a recognised or listed UK HEI, in their home country.

*Degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK NARIC band framework

How to apply

Applications for the Alumni Awards are now open.

1. Eligibility

Find out if you are eligible.

You can also read our frequently asked questions for further advice and support at the bottom of the page.

For inspiration, take a look at the profiles  of previous finalists and winners. 

2. Format of the awards

Take a look at the timeline of the shortlisting process and national, regional and global awards.

We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by 1 March 2018 at the latest. Applicants from selected countries hosting national awards will be notified by December 2017 and informed of national award celebrations by the British Council in their country of entry. 

Regional Alumni Award winners will be announced through digital celebrations in March 2018 and entered into the Global Alumni Awards. The three winners of the Global Alumni Awards will be announced and celebrated through a global digital campaign in April 2018 and invited to the UK. 

Prize

Finalists and winners at all levels (national, regional and global) will benefit from their global profile being made more visible through press and publicity opportunities, and building their professional networks. The three Global Alumni Award winners will be invited to the UK for a professional networking opportunity in Summer 2018.

The British Council accepts no responsibility for failure to notify winning participants or failure to deliver the trophy where such failure results from the provision of inaccurate contact details by the applicants or from the acts or omissions of any third party (including, without limitation, any internet or postal service provider) and shall have no liability to any entrant if it is prevented from or delayed in delivering any aspect of the Alumni Awards or the prizes by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond its reasonable control.

Shortlisting process and judging criteria

Entries to all awards will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by the British Council in the applicant's country or region of entry. All finalists’ applications will be verified by their UK higher education institution. 

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following four criteria:

  1. IMPACT: evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.
  2. UK INFLUENCE: evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence in your success and impact.
  3. MEDIA TRACTION: Extent to which your success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in your country of entry, or beyond (global media).
  4. POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE: Extent to which (including capacity and willingness) you and your story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in your country of entry to choose the UK as their study destination.