It’s time for a competition round-up!

This terms competition round-up!

Are you looking for some exciting competitions to apply to that would complement your studies and win you some prizes? Want to boast about your skills and let that successful glow shine all over the room and across the way? We’ve picked up details of some great prizes to apply for this summer. Get writing that application!

We’ve got details of:

  • GSA ULTRA – Coding competition
  • Daniel Marks Planning Academy 2018 – Daniel Marks Recruitment
  • Manchester Writing Competition
  • The Cannon Foundation in Europe Research Grants to Japan
  • Women in Business Scholarship – Market Inspector

Just scroll down this post to find details and how to apply!

GSA Ultra – Coding competition

This competition lasts for 6 days, so will close on Wednesday 1st August.

Daniel Marks Planning Academy 2018 – Daniel Marks Recruitment

Daniel Marks is a leader in advertising recruitment and they are keen to help their clients develop and nurture the next generation of strategic thinkers. They recognise that it is incredibly hard for young planners to get a start in the industry. The Daniel Marks Planning Academy represents a unique opportunity to get your foot through the door at some of the best agencies in the world.

They are looking for people who are not afraid to challenge themselves and lend their unique vision to some of the most exciting agencies in London.

Successful applicants will receive mentoring, support and a potential permanent job opportunity as a Junior Planner at a leading Creative Agency in London. Applicants may be recent graduates, junior account handlers or simply have an inquisitive and curious mind looking for a career of influence.

All the applicant needs to do is to submit their response in answering a strategic brief. They present their work for them to a panel of Judges who are all Chief Strategy Officers at top Creative Agencies in London with a view to offering mentorship, paid internships or even a full-time job up to £25K as a Junior Planner.

The Planning and Strategy team at Daniel Marks will review all entries and select the Finalists to have their submissions reviewed by a panel of Judges. The Judges will include Chief Strategy Officers and Heads of Planning from the world’s leading Creative Agencies and held over a Roundtable event in the Daniel Marks West-End London offices.

Their sole aim is to lend a helping hand to assist in a widely recognised industry issue and to launch the careers for a number of Junior Planners to then move up the Strategy career ladder.

How to enter:

Visit the competition link to view the strategic brief and understand more about the scheme, its benefits and what we are looking for. Answer the brief and submit your response to by the closing deadline of 8th September 2018.

Deadline: 8th September 2018


Manchester Writing Competition

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. The Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008 and has awarded more than £155,000 to writers. Each year two £10,000* prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.

Both competitions are open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit!).

The Manchester Poetry Prize:

Poetry Prize: £10,000 for best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined
length: 120 lines).
Entry fee: £17,50
Deadline for Entries: 14th September 2018

Manchester Fiction Prize

Fiction Prize: £10,000 for the best short story of up to 2,500 words.
Entry fee: £17,50
Deadline for Entries: 14th September 2018

Enter online ( ) or download a printable entry form for postal submission via these links: (Poetry prize) and (Fiction prize). For news and updates about the Competition, join the Manchester Writing School mailing list (


The Cannon Foundation in Europe Research Grants to Japan

If you’ve ever dreamt of living in Japan, The Canon Foundation in Europe Research Grant might just be the thing for you.

The Cannon Foundation in Europe Research Grant offers grants for research in Japan and Europe in all research fields. The grant programme was founded in 1987 to enhance cultural and scientific understanding between Japan and Europe, the foundation offers grants for research in all fields, and fellowships are awarded for a minimum of three months to maximum one year.

If you’re European or Japanese citizen having obtained at least your master’s degree within the last ten years, you are eligible to apply to the Cannon Foundation Research Grant to Japan by Saturday 15th September 2018. If you are a non-national, you can still apply given that you have permanent citizenship in either Europe of Japan.

This year’s Canon Foundation in Europe Fellows have a range of different disciplines and backgrounds. Scholars that have completed the programme describe their experience in Japan as unexpected but promising outcome of their research stay, being able to develop enthusiastic passion for what their research aims. In addition to the cultural experience, scholars get to experience a broader understanding of Japan and improving Japanese language in an efficient and joyful way during their stay.

Over to the golden ticket part of this grant; successful applicants can expect to receive grants between €22,500 to €27,500 per year and pro-rata for different periods. Get started on that application! If you’re keen to know more about applications processes and the application form see for more info.

If you know this is something for your but are not sure how to write that application, you can always book a careers consultant meeting with one of our careers consultants at our offices of Careers & Employability (See you there!)

Deadline: 15th September 2018


Women in Business Scholarship – Market Inspector

Women Entrepreneurs around the world are demonstrating their valuable contribution to the world of business. Market Inspector believes that it is extremely important to help empower these women to emerge as the future business leaders of tomorrow.

Market Inspector has therefore announced their decision to offer £1,000 scholarship to female students who have started their own business. They wish to empower women who, along with education, have turned their buswiness idea into a reality.

They have launched a competition especially encouraging women who have been studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, and have started their own company. With this scholarship, Market Inspector hopes to play a small role in helping women success in education and business.

In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must give proof of current enrolment or acceptance at an accredited university or business school at an undergraduate or at a postgraduate level in any of the native English speaking countries.

How to enter: Market Inspector want a essay 1,000 word essay describing the following:

  • Your business and your main product/service offering
  • What makes your business idea innovative?

The essay should include these following points and when you are ready to submit, applicants are also required to indicate their acceptance through the consent form and send it along with their application. Send all the documents and essays via email to Application and supporting documents must be submitted in English. There is also contact information on their website ( together with their phone number if you would have any further questions.

Finally; Write “Scholarship Application + Your Name” in the email subject line.

Deadline: 31st October 2018