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Awards, bursaries and grants

Awards, bursaries and grants

WES Awards
WES awards two main prizes for women engineers annually.

  • The WES Prize is for the best young engineer
  • WES MedalThe Karen Burt Award is for the best newly qualified chartered engineer.
  • The Gillian Skinner Award recognises "behind the scenes" contributions to WES by volunteers.
  • The Isabel Hardwich Medal is presented to WES members who have made an outstanding contribution above the call of duty to the Society over a sustained period.



1. Where to get funding to study engineering at undergraduate and post graduate level - other than WES Awards?

Postgraduate Scholarships
The IET have some postgraduate scholarships worth up to £10,000.  Students must have started their course prior to submitting an application. More info

Aero MSc Bursary Scheme for aerospace engineering. Government scheme co-ordinated by Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Aeronautical Society. Details here.

Undergraduate Scholarships:
The IET offers a range of scholarships of up to £3,000 p.a. for undegraduates in the UK or Ireland. More info

Institution of Civil Engineers Scholarships for civil engineering undergraduates. Further information here.

Other sources:

  • IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships - Up to 50 scholarships of at least £1,000 per year are available to students commencing their studies on an IET accredited course in Autumn 2016
  • Ford Scholarship Programme - Ford is providing sponsorship of £10,000 per student over a three-year period for 100 undergraduates on a selection of engineering, science, manufacturing and technology courses at leading UK universities. These universities are: Bath, Bradford, Brunel, Cardiff, East Anglia, Imperial College London, Loughborough, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde, Surrey and Warwick.
  • All Engineering Institutions have grants - most are untapped every year. List of Institutions etc. Engineering Council UK - http://www.engc.org.uk/
  • Daphne Jackson Trust. The Daphne Jackson Trust is an independent charity which offers flexible, part-time, paid fellowships to scientists, engineers and technologists who have taken a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. More info
  • The Sir Robert Malpas Bursary administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering has been established by Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng - patron of WES - to enable outstanding graduate engineers to study for a full time MSc course in creative engineering at a UK university.
  • The Panasonic Trust which is administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering aims to encourage and support the professional development and retraining of engineers in the UK. It achieves this objective by providing funding for individuals to study courses which are designed to develop or update their knowledge and skills in new or emerging technologies and the various fields of engineering, manufacturing, materials science, environmental technology and IT.  More info
  • The Royal Society have a number of bursaries and grants available for engineers including the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to support candidates in their early career.  More info
  • The Arkwright Trust awards scholarships to high calibre Year 11 students to support them throughout their studies in Years 12 and 13.
  • Money To Learn - 14-19 year olds.  This is administered by the Government.  The website has lots of useful information.  More info
  • The Worshipful Company of Engineers. This Company works to promote and develop all aspects of the science, art and practice of engineering within a social and charitable ethos which is at the core of the Livery movement. One-off grants are made on behalf of the Charitable Trust Fund by the Worshipful Company of Engineers Charity and Grants Committee. More info
  • HEA UK Travel Fund The UK Travel Grants scheme is designed to promote the sharing of good and innovative practice in the sector. It provides funds for staff and students to engage in activities that will support the development of teaching and learning practice by contributing to travel, accommodation, subsistence and event fees that will be incurred.
  • Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers
  • Baroness Platt of Writtle Award for outstanding Incorporated Engineers
  • The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust The Trust offers an opportunity to increase your knowledge and experience through overseas travel in order to benefit others within your community. Applications are invited from a wide spectrum of interests, such as Science, Engineering & Enterprise.

2. How do I find work placements?

3. How do I decide which is the most suitable university to go to?

4. What about Travel Awards?

  • If you would like to broaden your professional experience through undertaking a study tour, working in industry or attending a conference, the IET has some travel awards.  You must be a member of the IET to apply.  More info

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