QUEST Eloise Plunkett Award

We offer an annual award of £1,500 to a UK-based newly qualified female civil engineer, undertaking travel outside the UK that has a civil engineering focus and that ideally takes an innovative or unusual approach. This award is in memory of Eloise Plunkett, a young civil engineer with a passion for travel and civil engineering, who tragically died in 2002.


1.  Award criteria

All female ICE members who have qualified as a Member (MICE) or Technician (TMICE) through a UK-based Professional Review in 2015 are eligible to apply.

Travel must take place between April 2016 and December 2016.

  1. 2.  Making an application

Applications open once a year and the next opportunity to apply will be in 2016. The application deadline will be in February 2016.
To apply applicants will need to complete an application form and arrange for a referee to complete a reference form. Referees should know applicants well enough to write about them and a reference from an employer is expected.

Please send your application form to and please arrange for your referee to send their reference to

3.  Selection and award conditions

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and representatives from the Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust who choose the winner. Preference is given to projects and activities that have an innovative or unusual approach and demonstrate originality and are fun. Examples might include visiting a civil engineering 'wonder of the world' or finding out at first-hand about a great civil engineering feat overseas, and learning from this to inspire and motivate your future civil engineering career. The award will be made to the candidate whose proposal best fulfils the objectives of the award, the decision will be final and feedback to individuals who are unsuccessful will not be given.

The award winner is required to submit a report that focuses on the engineering aspects as well as the travel and inspirational elements of the trip, of approximately 1000 words when they return.

2015 Applications

QUEST Eloise Plunkett Award

Applications for 2016's award will open in summer 2015. The application form will be availble to download shortly before the opening date.

QUEST Award profile

Read Zoe Moskofoglou’s story about her trip to Central America and how the QUEST Eloise Plunkett award helped her.


QUEST Eloise Plunkett Award

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

t:  +44 (0) 207 665 2193