$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship

Each year IvyPanda awards creative and talented in movie making students with scholarships $1500 total. Scholarships are given to two winners: the winner receives a $1,000 scholarship; the runner-up prize is $500.


We will accept videos from current high school, college, or university students from any country. The winners will be required to send us proof of their academic status or enrollment.

Submission requirements

  • Record an original video on one of the following topics:

    • How COVID-19 Changed My Attitude Towards Self-Study
    • Online Tutoring in the Post-Pandemic World — A Perfect Freelance Job for Students
    • Self-Care Tips the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Me

    Your video must:

    • Contain only copyright-free content
    • Cover one of the topics given above
    • Be in English only
    • Have a creative, catchy title that reflects your ideas
    • Last between 1 – 1:30 minutes
    • Be submitted in one of the following formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI
  • Upload your video to one of these file-hosting services: Dropbox, Google Drive. No video should be set to public access before the Contest.
  • Subscribe to IvyPanda’s first and second YouTube channels; like and share the Contest video-description on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
  • Send us an email at [email protected] with “IvyPanda Video Contest Submission” as the subject line and the following content inside (in this particular order):
    • The direct link to your uploaded video (the share option must be set to "Give access to anyone with the link")
    • The screenshots of your subscriptions to IvyPanda’s YouTube channels
    • The screenshot of the Contest video-description shared on social media
    • The detailed answer to the question: “Where did you find out about the IvyPanda Contest?”

It is allowed to make animated videos as well as film yourself or your friends
Each participant may submit only one video and win just one award.

Evaluation I

Before your video is published on the IvyPanda YouTube channel, our editorial team will evaluate your submission based on the following criteria:

  • Content Usefulness
  • Engagement
  • Creativity
  • Production

The best videos that meet all the criteria will be published on the IvyPanda YouTube channel and opened up for online voting.

Evaluation II

The two videos that receive the most likes on YouTube will be determined as the winners.
Social media shares are allowed and may improve your chances of winning. Our support team will make sure that cheating is not possible.


Winners will be announced on this page as well as on the IvyPanda blog.

To receive their awards, the winners must provide proof of enrollment or study. If they cannot or will not provide this confirmation, the award will be given to the next appropriate participant in line.

Previous scholarships

2020 Video Contest Scholarship
A Student's Guide to Living Cheaply - 6 Quick Tips
1st place winner
Luca Newman
Socializing in College/Uni
2nd place winner
Madhurima Undralla
IvyPanda November 2019 Video Contest Scholarship
My Way of Being Healthy in College
1st place winner
Jessica Truong
Life-Saving Advice To Help You Choose A Major
2nd place winner
Madhurima Undralla
IvyPanda May 2019 Video Contest Scholarship
A Student's Voice From Laos
1st place winner
Yerchang Chongvue
How to Deal with Culture Shock: 5 Tips
2nd place winner
Alice Martino
IvyPanda 2018 Video Contest Scholarship
3 Simple Tips for Study Motivation
1st place winner
Sydney Price
Study with 100% motivation | My personal lifehacks
2nd place winner
Poorva Shukla

Frequently asked questions!

Do the video topics stay the same every contest?
No, we update them every year.
I sent my video but didn't get a response. How can I make sure you received my submission?
If you experience a delay in response to your submission, it is likely due to the large number of submissions we have received. We recommend you wait a few days before emailing us again at [email protected]
I missed the deadline! When can I apply again?!
The Video Contest is annual. Next year's important dates will be updated on this page within a couple of weeks of the announcement of this year's winners. You can also apply to our Annual Essay Contest here: https://ivypanda.com/scholarship-writing. Make sure to follow us on social media so you don't miss any announcements!
I believe one of the participants in the Online Voting stage is cheating! What should I do?
Even though our team works diligently to identify attempts at cheating, we highly recommend you report your suspicions to [email protected] Thank you for helping us keep this competition fair.
Can you provide me with details as to why my video did not make it to the Online Voting stage?
Please check the evaluation criteria Evaluation. You can also email us at [email protected] for more information from our evaluation team.
What is considered proof of academic enrolment?
You can find the list of acceptable documents here: https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/help/proof-of-enrollment
Can I apply again if I participated last year? What about winners of previous contests?
Yes and Yes. You are very welcome to participate again!

Disclaimer: By submitting your application, you confirm that you understand the Contest rules and criteria and agree to accept the decision of the judges as well as the voting results. You agree to allow us to edit, upload for public access, share, and use your video in other ways at our discretion.