Competitions & Sponsorship Opportunities

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) ​

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering. Founded in 1922 as a professional institution for chemical and process engineers, IChemE has grown to its current status of approaching 40,000 members across 120 countries, and is the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status.

YINI students applying for/studying chemical, biochemical or process engineering could qualify for free IChemE membership, for more information please email



The EE Scholarship for Female Students
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The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) is offering Scholarships up to £2,000 to female students commencing their first year of undergraduate studies with us in 2016. Women are currently under represented in Engineering generally and our aim is to redress this imbalance in EEE. Our commitment to this can be measured by the award of an Athena Swan Bronze Award to the Department.

To be eligible for a one-off payment of £2,000, a female student must:

Attain A-level grades of AAA or above, including Maths and Physics/ Chemistry/ Electronics, (equivalent performance in an alternative qualification may be considered)

Have made The University of Sheffield, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, your first (firm) choice in the UCAS application process

Commence your first year undergraduate studies in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2016

To be eligible for a one-off payment of £1,000, a female student must:

Attain A-level grades of AAB, including Maths and Physics/Chemistry/Electronics, (equivalent performance in an alternative qualification may be considered)

Have made The University of Sheffield, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, your first (firm) choice in the UCAS application process

Commence your first year undergraduate studies in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2016

The awards will be paid in October 2016 and are in addition to other scholarships currently advertised for Home, EU and Overseas students for 2016 entry.

For more information, please contact; Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Manager - Ms Alison Bertie


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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The awards will be paid in October 2016 and are in addition to other scholarships currently advertised for Home, EU and Overseas students for 2016 entry.

IEEE offers a variety of competitions, locally, regionally, and globally, to IEEE Student members and Graduate Student members. Competitions offer students the opportunity to develop professionally and technically. Many IEEE competitions provide a way for Student members to connect to the global IEEE community and impact humanity through the creative application of technology and engineering.

Get involved, have fun, and take the challenge. You might just win some prizes and recognition from your peers around the world.

For more information go to;



EEF Photography Competition

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There are three categories for entry in to this year's EEF PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION:

  • Best photograph by a professional photographer
  • Best photograph by an amateur photographer
  • Best photograph by a 14-19 year old photographer

Your photograph should represent one or a combination of the following areas:

  • Product or component
  • Processes

What our judges will be looking for in your images

Overall, the judges will be looking for strong images that raise questions in people’s minds. Does the image provoke surprise or admiration? Will people look at it and say: “I didn’t realise that was part of our UK manufacturing base”? Will it make people wish they had taken the picture and captured this message?

Because we want to find a new set of iconic images which portray the boldness and creativity of UK manufacturing, the quality of its output – products, components and processes - we want your images to reflect a new and contemporary identity which truly showcases the UK manufacturing industry.


Win a share of the £5000 prize fund to help you buy the very latest, high-end equipment. This year’s winner will receive £1000 worth of Canon equipment.

To Enter

  • It is Free to enter, and you are not limited on the number of images you can submit.
  • The Competition opens April/May 2016.
  • You can register your interest in the competition now to stay updated on competition opening and closing dates.

For more information, contact Stuart Biddle on 020 7654 1501, or email


Student Awards and Scholarships


Our awards and scholarships go to students who are at various stages of their education. As well as showcasing your skills and ability, they're a good way to impress potential employers. Plus the cash prizes could come in very handy for the rest of your course.

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

AS a QUEST undergraduate scholar, you’d get:

  • £2,500 for every year of study (up to a maximum of four years, or five in Scotland)
  • Paid work placements every summer
  • A full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
  • Experience and knowledge that are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

Each scholarship is funded jointly by QUEST and a company.

Find out more / apply

The next opportunity to apply will be April 2016, for courses starting in autumn 2016.

If you’ve got any questions we’re here to help. Please contact the Quest Coordinator:

E: / t: +44 (0)20 7665 2193


Mechanical Engineering Scholarships and Awards for Undergraduates and Apprentices

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is committed to supporting the educational and development needs of today’s undergraduates.

The undergraduate scholarships and awards offer assistance to students who are about to start or have already started on mechanical engineering degrees accredited by the Institution.

With mechanical engineering very much an international discipline, the Institution is committed to helping undergraduates gain experience of working and studying in a different country. To this end, the awards include scholarships and grants for academic and industrial placements abroad.

The Institution enjoys excellent associations with some of the biggest names in the engineering industry. The current Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme includes awards sponsored by AMEC, Eaton and Land Rover who as part of the scholarship are offering a scholarship/award to a student to assist them with their accredited degree-level programmes.

The scholarships offer between £8,000 to £9,000 towards your studies. Closing dates are the 30th June every year.

There are also Group project and Overseas Study awards – applications are considered all year round.

For more information:


Schemes for Undergraduates - Engineering Leadership  Advanced Award Scheme

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The Royal Academy of Engineering provides leadership and promotes excellence across all fields of engineering, to the benefit of society.The Academy’s activities are shaped, led and delivered by its exceptional Fellowship, which represents the nation’s best practising engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs, often in leading roles across business and academia.

Aim of the awards

Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards help ambitious and inspiring engineering undergruadates to become leadership role models for the next generation of engineers and undertake an accelerated personal development programme.

What do awardees receive?

Over 3 years, they receive £5,000 funding for personal development and experience mentorship to offer advice on their personal development and career options. They also attend an annual training and networking event at which all the currently active award holders from the different year groups are brought together along with Fellos of the Academy, Sainsbury Management Fellows, and previous alumni of the scheme.

To Apply

All applications must be submitted through the Academy’s new online grant management system.

It is likely the next round will be launched in November 2016. The application criteria is likely to be similar to last year, which you can access by clicking this link.

All questions should be sent to Jacqueline Clay, Programme Manager – Research and University Programmes.


The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship

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The Range Rover Evoque WISE scholarship is supporting more young women in the UK to access the opportunity to enjoy the rewards of an engineering career.

This is the third year of an exciting collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover and WISE offering sponsorship to women who are starting an engineering degree course* at a UK University or starting an engineering apprenticeship.

Jaguar Land Rover were so impressed by the quality of the applications for the 2013 scholarship that they decided to offer two scholarships in 2014 and 2015. 

The undergraduate scholarship winners receive £1000 per year for three years of their studies, the offer of a mentor from Jaguar Land Rover and a mentor from WISE and the offer of a summer placement at Jaguar Land Rover.

The apprentice scholarship winners will receive £1000 per year, a mentor from WISE (with approval of your organisation) and various opportunities to inspire more girls to take on apprenticeships in STEM. 

As well as evidence of commitment to a career in engineering, the judges will be looking for young women who will inspire the next generation of girls to follow in their footsteps.

Find out more at



Tomorrow's Water - CIWEM's Youth Water Prize Competition, The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)

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For 16 years, the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize has congregated the world’s most imaginative young minds for an outstanding competition in the capital of Sweden, encouraging their continued interest in water and sustainability issues.

Each year, thousands of participants in over 30 countries all around the globe join national competitions in hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week in Stockholm.

The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The projects range from local or regional to national or global topics.

More information on how to register will be available in April 2016.




Institution of Engineering and Technology - Engineering Scholarships

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The IET Awards programme includes awards to reward and celebrate individual excellence and innovation, undergraduate and postgraduate engineering scholarships.  

Achievement Awards Celebrating individual excellence in engineering and technology.

Scholarships A range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and prizes.

Innovation Awards

Spanning 15 categories, these free to enter international awards are open to individuals and organisations in both industry and academia.  Judged by engineering experts, the Innovation Awards recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology.

Power Academy scholarships

Scholarships and work placements available to undergraduate students interested in a career in power engineering.

Present around the World Competition

The IET presentation competition for students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18 to 26, on a subject related to engineering and technology.

Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award seeks to reward the very best female engineers that the UK has to offer, highlight the achievements of women in engineering and encourage others to enter the profession.

For more information on all these awards, please take a look at their website:   



The Kingsbury Scholarship

The Kingsbury Scholarship is a highly prestigious engineering scholarship and one of the most valuable available to Home/UK students anywhere in the UK. This scholarship is aimed at bright and dynamic students who intend to ultimately seek employment as a graduate in a UK engineering industry. As such, the applicants must complete work experience in the engineering sector either before or during their course.


The Kingsbury Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding candidate each year who has not undertaken undergraduate study before.  Eligible candidates must agree one or more internship or placement working in a UK engineering industry, either before their start at Imperial, as part of their course or in two or more summer breaks. 

To be eligible, candidates must have attained the conditions below by 19 May 2016;

  • have an offer to study a 4-year MEng or MSci course in Imperial’s Faculty of Engineering excluding MEng Design Engineering;
  • be a Home/UK student who has been assessed for financial support through Student Finance England (SFE) (or equivalent funding authority), with a SFE verified household income of less than £60,000 per annum;
  • agree to one of the industry placements or internships listed in the ‘Working in industry’ section;
  • Submit a statement explaining how and why you intend to seek employment in a UK engineering industry upon graduation (see Application by clicking the link below).

Please note that this scholarship is not applicable for courses which include a year abroad.

Working in industry

To be eligible for the Kingsbury Scholarship candidates must fulfil at least one of the three following work commitments:

  1. Undertake at least nine months of paid work in a UK engineering industry before starting their course. We recommend The Year in Industry (YINI) organisation, but other internships will also be considered. If you are unsure of what constitutes a UK engineering industry please contact
  2. Undertake two summer placements in a UK engineering industry, each of at least eight weeks, after the second and third years of a 4-year MEng/MSci course
  3. Hold a firm offer for one of the courses in the table below that includes credit-bearing work placements or internships as options or requirements. If the placement is less than a full academic year there will be an additional internship requirement

For more information click here



 Sponsorship Opportunities

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Sponsorship is available but it might take quite a lot of your time and effort to be successful.  The earlier you start, the better!

Think about the type of companies you want to apply to:

  • Research local employers and companies; try speculative approaches to companies who do not necessarily advertise sponsorship / internship schemes.  They employ the 'lie low' or 'wait and see' technique. They do not plan to sponsor students, but if a motivated and bright person contacts them, they may consider it.
  • Companies will also want to know why they should sponsor you, remember as a YINI student you are career focused, eager to earn and learn whilst possessing real work experience, a certificate from the Chartered Management Institute, Loughborough Maths course.  Convince them that you possess the necessary abilities and skills that they require, ‘sell yourself’!
  • Consult your prospective university – course administrators can tell you of any employers or schemes they know of that are interested in sponsoring the course they represent.

Check the application procedure:  Many companies have a standard application procedure and will often refuse to consider a CV and covering letter, so check the website!

You can also contact the careers service/teacher at your old school to get hold of the IMechE/IET booklet on sponsorship, which lists engineering sponsorships. 

Useful websites and publications:

You can now download the EngineeringUK’s engineering report, and other useful information by visiting their website:

There are many books and publications that give possible sponsorship information.  Your local Careers Office or the Careers section of your local university library often hold copies for reference. 

Examples of titles available include:

  • The Educational Grants Directory Published by Directory of Social Change
  • University Scholarships & Awards Brian Heap. Published by Trotman & Co. Ltd, 2 The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1PL
  • Sponsorship and Funding Directory Springboard. Published annually by Hobsons, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LZ
  • Engineering Opportunities for Students and Graduates Published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Available free from The Schools Liaison Service, IMechE, Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk IP32 6BN.
  • Students' Money matters Gwenda Thomas. Published by Trotman & Co. Ltd, 2 The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1PL
  • Sponsorship & Donations Yearbook Published by Hollis
  • The Which? Guide to Sponsorship in HE Alan Jamieson, London Consumers Association
  • The Educational Grants Directory Sarah Harland & Dave Griffiths.

Other useful websites: