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Celebrating the achievements of alumni in the USA
When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards 2023/24 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.
The British Council has launched the tenth global edition of this prestigious award that celebrates the outstanding achievements of UK international alumni around the world, and it marks the second year of hosting an in-person ceremony in the USA as a part of the Awards celebration for US finalists.
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, industries and countries. The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raise the international profile of UK alumni and their former universities.
The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have within the last 15 years (i.e. 2008 - 2023), enrolled at an officially recognised body or received a recognised award from a UK higher education institution.
Have you studied in the UK and gone on to achieve exceptional success? If so, apply for one of the Awards. Applications are open until 29 October 2023!
If you're applying in the USA, through one application, you have two opportunities to be selected. You can be chosen as a finalist for the national awards taking place in February 2024, and your application will also be forwarded for a chance to a be finalist/winner for the global awards, where you'll be competing with other alumni from around the world.
For applicants in other countries where ceremonies are not hosted, finalists and winners will be celebrated at the global awards in 2024 and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and successes.
Learn more about the Study UK Alumni Award
There are four award categories:
Why enter Alumni Awards?
- Raise your international profile through local/global press and digital coverage.
- Build your professional networks and business connections.
- Win a professional development opportunity at a national (USA) or global (UK) level.
- Run for the Global Award and win a networking visit to the UK.
The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK only.
Alumni must have studied:
- Within the last 15 years (i.e. 2008 - 2023).
- Enrolled at an officially recognised body or received a recognised award from a UK higher education institution.
- At degree level or above (degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK ENIC band framework).
- 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), awarded by a recognised UK HEI, in their home country (Transnational Education - TNE/long distance).
- Professional short courses: alumni are only eligible if the course they studied was at degree level (or above), offered by a recognised UK institution in the UK (and they fulfil the rest of the criteria).
For all details about eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.
- In-country Awards (USA): After the application period, we will run a specific selection process with a local judge panel to select finalists and four national winners. There will be a celebration to announce the winners.
- Global: All eligible finalists are entered into the global Alumni Awards. The selection process and celebration follow its own flow: global judging panel, campaign to share stories, digital awards celebration event. Therefore, nationally the competition for the award is among the local candidates only – a smaller group; the eligible applicants and national winners also have a second chance to be nominated through the global prize – a bigger group.
Study UK Alumni Awards judges
The judging panel for the Study UK Alumni Awards brings together a wealth of international expertise in education, entrepreneurship, and national policy.
Find out more about the US national-level judging panel and their work.
Study UK Alumni Awards ceremony in the USA
Following on success of the 2022/23 Study UK Alumni Awards, this year we will be hosting a celebration ceremony in Washington, D.C. for finalists and awardees at US national level awards in February 2024. More details to be announced.
In addition to running for the Alumni Awards US, all eligible applicants from the US will be put forward for the global Alumni Awards. The finalists and winners of the global Alumni Awards US will be announced in a ceremony in February 2024 and will be celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success.
- 1 September 2023: Applications open
- 29 October: Applications close at 16.00 (BST)
- October-November: Shortlisting of applications
- December 2023 to March 2024: Announcement of finalists for the global Awards
- April to August 2024: Global Alumni Awards finalists announced and digital celebration
- September 2024: Global Alumni Awards winners announced
National alumni winners will be awarded with a professional development opportunity (training, conference or other option of their choice) in addition to a trophy and a certification. Winners of the global awards will be celebrated on a global scale and invited to the UK for a networking and professional development opportunity.
Follow Study UK on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X to discover more about #StudyUKAlumniAwards. We encourage to learn more about last year’s finalist and awardees in the USA on the links below.