Alumni awards 2019-20 is closed for application.

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

Please note, this is not a scholarship opportunity.

Award categories

  • Professional Achievement Award – recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial Award – recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions, or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.
  • Social Impact Award – recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Alumni/nominator can select the category they wish to apply/nominate for, however, judging panels may re-assign to a different category during the judging process if more appropriate.


  • Self-nominations, or nominated by someone else; except Lifetime Achievement Award: nominations only
  • The application portal will be accessible through the British Council’s Study UK website. Paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants, or their nominators, must ensure that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria before completing the application or nomination. 

 Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award

  • Raise your international profile through the global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • Win a professional networking visit to the UK

Who is eligible?

Alumni must have studied:

  • Within the last 15 years (i.e. 2003 or later)
  • Enrolled at an officially recognised (160 institutions) or listed (650 institutions) UK higher education institution
  • At degree level* or above
  • Either at a UK university 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, outside the UK.

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


03 July 2019

Applications open

13 October 2019

Deadline for all nominations 

28 October 2019

Applications close at 23.59 (GMT)

October and November 2019

Shortlisting of applications

December 2019 / January 2020

Announcement of finalists in national level awards

March 2020

Global Alumni Awards finalists announced

April / May 2020

Global Alumni Awards winners announced


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