Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Japan

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.

The British Council has launched - for the nineth year globally - its prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world.

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.  

How to apply 

The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK. For eligibility criteria, please see Who is eligible on the Study UK Alumni Awards website.

There are four award categories:

  • Science and Sustainability Award - Recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Culture and Creativity Award - Recognising alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture. We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate their artistic ingenuity, influence and creativity.
  • Social Action Award - Recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.
  • Business and Innovation Award - Recognising alumni who are active in initiating and contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities, that have the potential for growth.

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Raise your international profile through global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • Win a professional networking visit to the UK
  • Awards’ winners will be recognised as the best achievers and will be supported with professional development opportunities 


  Applications closed
November - December 2022 Shortlisting of applications
February 2023 Alumni Awards winners' announcement national ceremony
March to August 2023 Global Alumni Awards finalists announced and cemebrated via social media 
September 2023 Global Alumni Awards announced