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 2014 are eligible to apply.

Travel must take place between April 2015 and December 2015.

  1. 2.  Making an application

The application process for 2015's award is now open. All forms are available to download. The application deadline is 6th February 2015.

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

The application process for 2015's award is now open. The deadline to submit your application and reference forms is 6th February 2015.

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