QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

QUEST offers scholarships of up to £2,500 per year to students about to start an ICE accredited civil engineering degree in the UK. The majority of scholarships are sponsored by civil engineering and construction companies, QUEST scholars are matched with a company, who they work with during the summer holidays, under the expectation that after graduation they’ll join them full time.

The scholarship is well known and respected within the civil engineering industry and offers great opportunities to top civil engineering students including:

  • Financial support of £2,500 each year
  • Paid work placements every summer
  • Potential full time employment with a leading civil engineering or construction company after graduation
  • Gaining knowledge and experience that will give you a head start in becoming a professionally qualified civil engineer
  • Developing skills that enhance your career potential and CV

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Types of scholarship

There are two types of scholarship offered:

► Company sponsored scholarship

Almost all scholarships are sponsored by a leading civil engineering or construction company.

► QUEST only scholarship

A small amount of scholarships that aren’t sponsored by a company are awarded every year. These scholarships are fully funded by QUEST or the C F Lunoe Trust, with scholars expected to organise their own work placements every summer with a civil engineering or construction company.

Company sponsorship

The following companies currently sponsor QUEST scholarships:
AECOM, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Buro Happold, Costain, EM Highway Services, Farrans Construction, Galliford Try, Graham, Interserve Construction, John Sisk & Son, Lagan Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Morgan Sindall Professional Services, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Peter Brett Associates, Skanska, Taylor Woodrow/VINCI Construction, Tony Gee & Partners, Topcon, WSP Group.

Every year some but not all of these companies sponsor scholarships. Applicants who are invited to the QUEST interview day are told which of the companies are offering sponsorship that year.

Scholarship commitment

QUEST scholars are expected to work for a minimum of 8 weeks with their sponsor company each year during the summer holidays. Sponsor companies invest significant amounts of time, money and expertise in scholars, who are expected to join their sponsor company after graduation. scholars who do not join their sponsor company may be required to return some of the sponsorship money.

► Annual Reports

Scholars are required to complete our standard annual report form. The deadline this year is Friday 23 October 2015.

The primary purpose of the report is to ensure the scholar is fulfilling the conditions of the scholarship and that they provide their results from the previous academic year, to be signed off by their personal tutor.

Scholars are required to submit a report after they have graduated, but this does not need to be signed by a personal tutor; instead, they should provide a copy of their degree certificate/results transcript.

Scholars are asked to make contact with their ICE regional support team and participate in a minimum of three activities that promote civil engineering and/or the scholarship. These activities offer scholars the opportunity to encourage awareness and enthusiasm for civil engineering amongst young people.


How to apply

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

Find out more about the ICE QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship and how to make an application.

2015 Timeline

► April
Applications can be sent to us
► 4 June
Application deadline
► Beginning of July
All applicants told whether or not they’ve been invited to the QUEST Interview Day in September. Those invited are also asked to tell us which five companies they’d most like to have an interview with
► 17 August
Applicants asked to confirm their A level or equivalent results and university place
► 11 September
QUEST Interview Day, London
► End of October
Applicants told whether or not they’ve been offered a scholarship

QUEST Scholar Profile

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

Phoebe Bointon, a recent QUEST Scholar, spoke to ICE about how the QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship has helped her


Find out More

If you need to find out more information about the QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship, please contact the QUEST Coordinator:

t:  +44 (0) 207 665 2114

Annual Report documents