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Raise your international profile, build your professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK

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, find out how you can apply. Applications close at 23.59 BST (GMT+1) on 16 October 2017.

Why enter?

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. 


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 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

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. Eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following four criteria:


Evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.

UK influence

Evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence in your success and impact.

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).

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.

Shortlisting process and timeline

3 July 2017
Applications open at 12 midday BST (GMT+1)

2 October 2017
Applications close at 23.59 BST (GMT+1)

October & November 2017
Shortlisting of applications for national level Alumni Awards, and announcement of national-level finalists

November 2017 to February 2018
National Alumni Award ceremonies (in selected countries)

March 2018
Regional Alumni Awards

April 2018
Global Alumni Awards 

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