QUEST Foreign Language Award

This award offers financial support of up to £500 to an ICE Graduate member studying to learn a foreign language that will equip them to work overseas. The aim of the award is to support an engineer at the beginning of their career who is planning to work overseas within the civil engineering industry and would like to develop their skills and ability to speak a foreign language.


1. Award Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a current ICE Graduate member and have been a member of ICE for a minimum of two years*
  • Be a British citizen and a UK resident
  • Have less than 7 years’ experience of working within the civil engineering industry
  • Be starting their course between 28 February 2016 and 31 October 2016

*This must include the two years directly prior to application and years of student membership may count towards this.

Candidates who have been awarded three ICE QUEST scholarships or awards or have received this award previously are not eligible to apply.


2. Making an application

Applications open once a year.  The next opportunity to apply is in October 2015.

Eligible candidates must:

1. Complete an application form
2. Provide a one page employment history**

**The employment history must be restricted to one page and you should list your most recent and relevant employment first. For each period of employment please specify the full job title, name of employer, a brief summary of responsibilities, and start and finish dates.


3. Selection and award conditions

One award is made each year and all eligible applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee who decide the winner of the award. The award amount is discretionary in value up to £500. The award will be made to the applicant whose proposal best fulfils the objectives of the award. The decision of the QUEST Committee is final and feedback to anyone who is unsuccessful will not be given.

The Committee consider the following when assessing applications:

  • The quality of the application
  • The quality of the course provider
  • How much the course will benefit the applicant and their professional development
  • The future relevance of the course to the applicant
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The duration of the course and mode of study

Award winners are required to submit a report of approximately 1000 words on completion of their course.

This award was made possible due to the initiative and generous financial support of Mr Simon Thomas CEng.

2016 Applications

Foreign Language Award

The application process for 2016's award opens in October 2015, with a deadline of 5 February 2016.

Applications are now closed for 2015.



Foreign Language Award

If you need to find out more information about this award, please contact the QUEST Coordinator

t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193