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The Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards recognize the world’s top undergraduate research projects from a variety of academic disciplines spanning the humanities, sciences, and visual arts. Students are invited to submit research essays or special projects completed as part of their coursework that present fresh ideas and new arguments. Assessed by an international panel of academics, winning students will have their work published in the Undergraduate Awards Journal and be invited to attend the UA Summit—a three-day conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Students are eligible to apply in one of 25 categories.

Deadline for submissions is June 2015.


Student Eligibility

  • Final and penultimate year undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in the academic year 2014/2015 (full-time and part-time)
  • Graduates who were final year students enrolled in a degree program in the academic year 2013/2014 (full time and part time)

See Student Eligibility Criteria for more information.

Submission Eligibility

  • Has achieved an A grade
  • 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
  • Has a word count between 1,750 – 5,000 words, with the exception of the following categories which have a word count of 20,000:
    • Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Computer Science & Information Studies
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Engineering and Mechanical Sciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematical & Physical Sciences
    • Medical Sciences

View Submission Eligibility Criteria for more information.


For complete information about the application process, please see the Undergraduate Award Submission Guide.

  1. Register
  2. Review the Student and Submission Eligibility Criteria
  3. Identify the most suitable academic category
  4. Write a 100 – 300 word abstract to accompany your paper/project
  5. Fill out the submission form.

Deadline for submissions is June 2015.