British Council UK Alumni Awards 2023

The UK government is keen on education. In a bid to keep the flag flying, it recognizes the efforts and contributions to the society of alumni of UK universities.

Currently, the British Council is receiving applications for its UK Alumni Award from eligible alumni. If you studied in the UK, this could be a great chance to share your success story with the world.

To stand a chance of winning this year’s alumni award, you need to have all information at your disposal. And, this article compiles the eligibility criteria, the application procedure alongside the application deadline.

Kindly take a glance at the Table of Contents below. This will reveal a series of questions about this award duly answered in this article.

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About Study UK Alumni Awards

The British government understands the power of education. To checkmate the affairs of individuals who were trained in the British territory, the Study UK Alumni Awards was launched.

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education.

Only individuals who use their experience as students in the UK to make positive contributions to their communities, profession, and countries emerge as winners and finalists in this Alumni Award.

The objective of this award scheme is to encourage graduates of UK universities to showcase the impact of UK higher education.

Winners of the British Council Alumni Award gain press opportunities, international audiences, and more importantly, become a part of networking and professional development opportunities in the UK.

UK Alumni Award is no scholarship. Here are the top UK scholarships for international students.

Why Should I Apply for Study UK Alumni Awards?

Applying for Study UK Alumni Award is the bedrock towards becoming a winner. And, winners of this award scheme accrue so many benefits including increased PR.

You should apply to the UK Alumni Award as being a participant helps you raise your international profile. Also, you get an opportunity to build professional networks and business connections.

Who Should Apply for British Council Study UK Alumni Award?

The British Council will only consider applications from eligible candidates. And, this call for applications is open to only UK alumni living outside of the UK only.

By implication, applications from UK alumni residents in the United Kingdom will not be put into consideration let alone make it to the finalist stage.

Also, applicants who are not global award winners may re-apply if they meet the eligibility criteria below.

To become a finalist, an applicant must have:

  • studied within the last 15 years (i.e. 2006 – 2023)
  • been enrolled at an officially recognized UK higher education institution at a degree level or above
  • studied 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 recognized or listed UK HEI, outside the UK.

Host Nationality

British Government

Eligible Nationality

All nationalities who attended a British Higher Institution

What Will UK Alumni Awardees 2023 Benefit?

Winners of this Alumni Award are bound to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Opportunities to connect with people of influence at award ceremonies, and afterward: Alumni Award winners in India met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen’s birthday party celebrations in Delhi
  • Press and PR opportunities and increased national/regional/global profile: Alumni Award winners have been featured in national newspapers of participating countries, for example, the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, and the Daily Graphic in Ghana 
  • Professional contacts and connections
  • Reconnecting with UK universities and the UK
  • Having a platform to be able to share experiences of UK education/career with others (particularly young people).

How To Apply For the UK Alumni Awards 2023

To apply for the UK Alumni Awards, applicants are required to fill out an online form.

Part A of the online application form requires the personal details of the applicants. Information relevant to this page includes the following:

  • Title
  • Name
  • Previous name
  • Date of birth
  • Current address
  • Country of Alumni Awards entry
  • Region
  • Nationality
  • Email
  • Telephone number

In part B of the form, applicants are expected to fill out their UK education. Details required for this form include: university attended, degree type, course name, and year of graduation.

Applicants must upload supporting documents on the Part C page of this form. Also, they are to indicate which category they are applying for.

The empty boxes are to be filled with well-written essays answering each question. To complete your application, fill out your work history.

Part D of the online application form demands applicants to fill out their voluntary and professional work experience. Click the button below to begin your application immediately.


How to Choose a Category

In filling out the application form, alumni must choose a category. Here is a simple guide to choosing a category:

This category recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry.

Also, it recognizes alumni who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.

This category recognizes 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.

This UK alumni award recognizes alumni who have made an exceptional contributions and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

What are the Judging Criteria for Study UK Alumni Awards?

Upon reception of applications, entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

UK Alumni Award judges will need evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.

Your application must show evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence on your success and impact.

Applicants must show in their applications the extent to which their success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in their country of entry, or beyond (global media).

Judges will consider the extent to which (including capacity and willingness) you and your story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in your country of entry to choose the UK as their study destination.

The quality of your application is put into consideration in determining who gets to the finalist stage and who doesn’t.

When Is the Application Deadline for the UK Alumni Awards 2023?

Applications for all categories begin on 2nd September and end on 30th October 2023. All applications sent later than this will not be valid. Below is a table showing important dates for this journey.

March to August  2023 Global Alumni Awards finalists (2023) announced and celebrated via social media
September 2023 Global Alumni Awards 2023 winners announced
2 September 2023 Applications open to all countries 
30 October 2023 Applications close at 16.00 (BST) for all countries
October & November 2023 Shortlisting of applications
December 2021/January 2023 Announcement of finalists in national-level awards (in selected countries – see the full list in T&Cs
January to March 2023 National Alumni Award ceremonies (in selected countries – see T&Cs)
March to August  2023 Global Alumni Awards finalists are announced and celebrated via social media
September 2023 Global Alumni Awards winners announced

British Council Study UK Alumni Awards FAQS

Who are the Judges for UK Alumni Awards?

Maddalena Ansell; Director Education, British Council, Claire Pimm; Director, GREAT Britain, and Northern Ireland campaign, Department for International Trade (DIT), Cathy Walsh OBE; CEO, ACE*E Leadership Services, Vivienne Stern; Director, Universities UK International (UUKi) and Zamila Bunglawala; Director, International Education Directorate, UK Department for Education is some of the judges for the Study in UK Alumni Award 2023.

Who get shortlisted for the UK Alumni Awards?

The top 30 applications in each region will be shortlisted from all eligible applicants through several stages of judging.

When is the best time to apply for UK Alumni Awards?

You can apply for your chosen category between 2 September to 30 October 2023.

Can I apply more than once?

No, you may only apply for Alumni Award Category each year.


The UK government believes that studying in the UK should have a great impact on your career and lifestyle. As a way of encouraging UK Alumni to look deeper to discover how to help their communities with their study experience in the UK, the Alumni Award was born.

If you have been putting into good use all you learned while studying in the UK, here is a chance to raise your international profile.

Follow the instruction in this piece to apply to get all the benefits of becoming an Alumni Award winner.


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