The Undergraduate Awards is a prestigious and international academic awards program, which is wholly pan-discipline. It aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognizing their best coursework and projects.
The deadline for submissions is late May of each year
What is it?
The Undergraduate Awards are open to all juniors, seniors, and those who graduated within the past academic year. Two academic awards programmes are operated by UA – one that is open to all third-level institutes on the island of Ireland; and the other that is open to the top universities in the world. Students are chosen for their innovative approach to their subject area – creating world-class research to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. Each participant can submit up to three pieces of research or project work. All winners are published in the Undergraduate Journal, which is circulated internationally. Winners are also brought to Dublin, Ireland for a three-day summit where they will have the opportunity to mix with a truly international group of similarly minded, high-potential scholars.
Step 1: Check if you are eligible.
- Class of 2019, 2020 or 2021?
- Have a piece of individual coursework that received an A grade or equivalent?
If you answered yes to both questions then Congratulations! You are eligible to submit to The Undergraduate Awards 2020 Program.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, find out if you can submit.
If you are unsure if your work is right for the competition, find out what you can submit.
What can I submit?
Students who will not receive their grade before the deadline may still submit if they received a 4.0 GPA for their most recently completed semester.
The word count for written work must be between 1750-5000 words, with the exception of the following categories, which can be up to 12,000 words long:
- Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Computer Science & Information Technology
- Earth & Environmental Sciences
- Engineering & Mechanical Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Mathematics & Physics
- Medical Sciences
Word count excludes bibliography, appendix and abstract, but includes footnotes.
Eligible submissions are drawn from corrected coursework across all academic disciplines, which:
- Has achieved a grade of A- or above
- Represents the highest standard of intellectual and scholarly achievement
- Embodies a piece of independent and original work
- Takes the form of a text-based essay/project, with images/graphics where relevant
- Takes the form of a critical/analytical discourse
Step 2: Choose your category
The Undergraduate Awards has 25 different categories that entrants can submit to, each with their own submission criteria.
Before you submit, make sure to choose your category carefully, noting the maximum word count. You can submit to several different categories, but you can only submit each individual paper or project to one.
Step 3: Prepare your work
There are just several small tasks you need to do to ensure your work makes it through our screening process and gets seen by the judges.
a. Write your abstract
Abstracts should be between 100-300 words long and give a brief overview of your work. Advice on writing an abstract
b. Make your work anonymous
All work must be anonymous. To avoid disqualification, search your work for:
- Your Name/Student Number, Your Institution’s Name, Your Lecturer’s Name, Your Module or Course Name
- Your Course/Module Code etc.
Then delete this information or replace it with an X. Check if your work has been properly anonymized
c. Ensure your work meets the word count requirements
Minimum word count for all categories except Visual Arts and Architecture & Design is 2,500. Maximum word count differs by category with a 10% leeway on the upper and lower limit. Ensure that your work meets the word count.
Step 4: Submit
Submissions for the 2020 program are not open yet. Check back soon!
Submit today to have your undergraduate work recognized on a global stage, and for a chance to win a free trip to Dublin, Ireland, for The Global Undergraduate Summit 2020. See our categories, criteria, and FAQs for more information. Deadline for 2020 TBD.