Collegiate Inventors Competition

Degree Level: Undergrad, or Post UG, or Graduate

Enrollment Status: Full-time

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

Location: United States

Duration: Short term (less than one year)

Deadlines: June. Please check website below for the specific date.


Since 1990, the Competition has showcased the most advanced student research in science, engineering, mathematics, technology (STEM) and creative invention. The Competition is marketed on over 2,000 colleges and universities and each year receives applications from over 200 of the nation’s top schools, awarding $80,000 in prizes to undergraduate and graduate students and their advisors.

The committee of judges represents various fields, including mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, information technology, materials science, and medicine.

Entries are judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process, or technology. The entry must be complete, workable, and well articulated. Entries are also judged on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the scope of use.

Visit the Collegiate Inventors Competition site.

Award Details


Graduate Division:
Gold: $15,000
Silver: $12,500
Bronze: $10,000

Undergraduate Division:
Gold: $12,500
Silver: $10,000
Bronze: $7,500

Additional Qualifications:
Students must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) full-time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university at least part of the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted. In the case of a team (maximum of four students), at least one member of the team must meet the full-time eligibility criteria. The other team members must have been enrolled on a part-time basis (at a minimum) sometime during the 24-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.