Challenges, Competitions & Conferences

2018 One HEALtH Challenge

Challenges, often sponsored by industry, provide students with the opportunity to compete for funding, scholarships, and other opportunities while gaining hands-on experience in exploratory and applied research. By working with interdisciplinary teams to forward solutions to global issues, students who take up challenges can form networks across disciplines and locations and demonstrate inventiveness – key assets for building careers.

This page is a sampling of challenges, conferences, and competitions. Most challenges are one-time only events, but you can find recurring funding opportunities here. If you happen across a challenge or contest that is not listed, please let us know by email at For more information on how to successfully participate in a challenge, check out our How-To Guide.


CSA Group Academic Challeng: Engaging Students in the World of Standards

This academic challenge connects students across multiple areas of study with the world of standards to discover how standards impact everyday life and how participating in their development can positively impact their careers. In the process, students have the opportunity to bring new perspectives to the standards development community. Deadline to register is April 1, 2019.

Canadian CubeSat Project

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites universities across the country to design, build and launch their own satellite! Teams of professors and students can apply to receive one of 13 $200,000 grants to fund their project. Each group then has 24 months to design their satellite for launch from the International Space Station.


This international art competition, open to anyone over 18, is held in the fall each year and gives young artists a chance to share their work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Open to all fine arts, including 2-D, 3-D, time-based or installation artwork and performance.


Institute of Food Technologists Undergraduate Research Competition

Open to members of the Institute of Food Technologist's Student Association who have completed original research. Finalists present their research at the IFT Annual Meeting each summer. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Canadian Operational Research Society Student Paper Competition

A competition to recognize student papers that have contributed to the field of operational research. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2018

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

An international science fiction/fantasy prose competition with a new winner chosen every 3 months! Rolling submission dates are January 1April 1July 1, and October 1.


2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research 

Are you an undergraduate student eager to share and discuss your research results with peers as well as faculty from around the world? Are you interested in working together on global issues? Present your research at the 2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research, an interdisciplinary congress clustered around six major research themes addressing some of the most significant challenges the global community is facing today. Deadline to apply is October 16, 2018. The conference will be in Germany from May 23-25, 2019

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. The conference will be held at the Treforest Campus of the University of South Wales from April 15-16, 2019. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 20, 2018.

Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference

This conference for undergraduate students is held at Thompson Rivers University from January 17-19, 2019. All students are welcome to submit applications with topics touching on philosophy, history, and politics. Deadline to submit your abstract is November 23, 2018.

Foothills Colloquium

This annual conference for undergraduate history students is held in every spring at Mount Royal University, Calgary and is open to students from across the country.