The Global Student Prize: A US$50,000 award for extraordinary students

It is not just teachers who create outstanding learning experiences. There are also scores of students, all over the world, who deserve praise for the amounts of effort and determination they put into their studies. The Global Student Prize is a new platform designed to celebrate and reward the efforts of those students.

Launched at the beginning of February, by education firm Chegg and the UK based Varkey Foundation, the Global Student Prize awards US$50,000 to an exceptional student who makes a real impact on learning, their peers, their community and beyond.

Lila Thomas, head of, has stated that the award is a chance to shine a light on student stories and to listen to their voices. She said, “After all, it is their dreams, their insights and their creativity that will help to build the future.”

Applicants for the prize will be judged on everything from their academic achievement, creativity and innovation, to how they operate as global citizens.

The $50,000 award is open to students 16 or over who are enrolled in an academic institution or a training or skills programme, either full-time or part-time.

Why apply for the Global Student Prize?

  • National and international recognition of your achievements – as a top 50 shortlisted candidate, top 10 finalist or the overall winner.
  • The chance to become engaged in national and international discussions on policy and campaigns affecting students and student education. This includes sharing a platform with the winner of the Global Teacher Prize.
  • Membership of the Chegg Changemaker community for the top 50 finalists –a global community of students working together to make life better for their peers and the world they will inherit.
  • The potential to win the Global Student Prize and receive a prize of US$50,000 as well as attend the winning ceremony

You can nominate a student or apply for the Global Student Prize at

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 April 2021.