CMI Awards of Excellence

International Student of the Year

Celebrating volunteering excellence amongst the CMI community

What is the International Student of the Year Award?

CMI's International Partners are a crucial part of CMI's community. The new International Student of the Year award has been introduced to celebrate our learners around the world who have shown commitment to their development as future leaders, and their commitment to our vision to create better led and managed organisations.

Students are the managers and leaders of tomorrow. Instilled with an understanding of the value of management and leadership, they are on the path to inspiring and engaging the future workforce. The CMI International Student of the Year award recognises individuals who are already exceptional learners and are destined to make an impact as future leaders.

Nominations Process

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Best in class

Showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of your students.


Motivation and Reward

Being nominated for the awards is a huge achievement, celebrating hard work and positive impact.



Our prestigious judging panel will review and determine who is exemplifying best practice and the highest standards the profession can offer.



The CMI Awards are globally recognised, so look great on a person’s CV or as continuing professional development.

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How to apply

The CMI International Student of the Year is awarded to an individual who is recognised for their outstanding achievements where they are making a positive impact on their course, in the workplace, or other management and leadership settings to advance themselves, their organisation and the community around them. This award is not open for self-nomination.



Nominees should demonstrate: outstanding academic achievement; strong progression on their programme; commitment to personal and professional development; impactful management and leadership capabilities. And you should be actively participating with CMI and its wider membership community.

Nomination Guidance & Criteria

Key Links

Here you’ll find the key pieces of information that you’ll need when submitting your nomination.

Award Process

The Awards process goes through multiple phases to determine our shortlist, longlist and winners. Each stage of the process is supported by our experienced judges against a set criteria.


The CMI Awards receive entries from a diverse range of organisations and individuals across various sectors and fields. To ensure that our judges are able to reflect this diversity, we carefully select individuals who are experts in their respective fields and have a wealth of experience.

Meet the Judges


Nominations open

8th May 2024

Nominations close

5th July 2024

Shortlist announced

19th August 2024

Winner announced

Autumn 2024