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An ICE Northern Ireland member recieves a Quest scholarship

If you're doing an engineering apprenticeship, degree or higher qualification, there's a lot of support you can get while you're studying.

You can start by becoming an ICE student member for free (which is always great news for students).

Once you've become a member you'll be eligible for a number of awards and scholarships, aimed at recognising your achievements and helping you through your studies.

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How can ICE student membership help you?

  • Get career advice - We're here to help and give you all the advice you need. From explaining what's needed to become a professionally qualified engineer or technician, giving you information on the opportunities this can open up, to details about events near you
  • Connect with professionals and meet people like you - Our free events give you the chance to build up a network of contacts, meet potential employers and get advice from experienced civil engineers. Our local groups organise events on everything from the finer points of constructing a tunnel, to pub quizzes and five-aside football tournaments
  • Learn online - We have a huge online database of books, journals, papers and archives for student members to use. We also run interactive webinars, and many of our lectures are recorded so you can watch them when you want
  • Visit us or ask us a question - When you're in London, you can pop into our specialist civil engineering library, the biggest in the world. Or, if you need to find something out quickly, Ask Brunel – we've never received a civil engineering question that was too tough
  • Become eligible for awards and scholarships - Our QUEST scholarships can help you with with the cost of studying (up to £2,500 per year!), whilst our awards recognise outstanding achievements by students across the UK every year

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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.

Use the tabs below to find out what’s available.

ICE Student Prize

Winners get a cash prize of £250 and an ICE certificate of merit, presented at either their graduation ceremony or ICE regional awards event.

Course leaders play a big part in this prize as they put forward potential winners. The prize takes into account:

  • Talent in engineering design
  • Impressive coursework
  • Strong examination performance

Can I be nominated?

To be in with a chance you need to be a current ICE student member doing a JBM-accredited civil engineering degree.

More Information

To find out more please contact the education and learning administrator by either:

t: +44 (0)20 7665 2147

Previous winner

Kuok Hin Chan
Kuok Hin Chan, previous Student Prize winner

I’ve been studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Aberdeen for over three years.

I was awarded the ICE Student Prize for my coursework performing a structural analysis on a temporary office building, and suggesting remedial actions for its repair. I really enjoyed this project as it was a great opportunity to deal with a real-life civil engineering problem.

Winning the prize has meant a lot to me. It recognised my abilities in civil engineering design, has really motivated me in my studies, and has encouraged me to follow this career path when I leave university.

QUEST Technician Scholarship

QUEST scholarships are a sign of excellence. This means you'll be recognised for your abilities and potential, which looks great on your CV, as well as receiving financial support of up to £1500.

To apply you must be:

  • Starting or continuing your studies from autumn 2016
  • Studying a qualification in the UK that could lead to technician membership. This is usually one of the following:
    • A BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma
    • A HNC or HND
    • A foundation degree

You can apply if you're a full or part-time student, an apprentice, or studying on release from an employer.

To be in with a chance of being awarded a QUEST Technician Scholarship, you should be:

  • A good leader
  • A good team player
  • Ambitious
  • Able to think and act independently
  • Determined

Find out more and apply

Don't miss your chance to apply for a QUEST Technician scholarship. The application period for 2016/17 runs from 10 October 2016 to 18 November 2016.

To apply, you'll need to:

  • Download and complete the application form
  • Arrange for a reference form to be completed
  • Submit a proof of enrolment form
  • Email the three completed forms to the appropriate regional email address. Please see table below for the email address for the ICE region you are studying in.
Region Contact
East Midlands
East of England
London and South East
North East
North West
Northern Ireland
South West
West Midlands
Yorkshire and Humber

If you've got any questions we're here to help. You can either:

t: +44 (0)7827 891502

Annual Reports

If you have been awarded a scholarship, as part of the award conditions you will need to provide an annual report and a final report when you finish your course. This year you will need to submit these by 21 October 2016, to the QUEST co-ordinator via email -

Previous recipients

Daniel Nugent, QUEST Technician scholar
Daniel Nugent, QUEST Technician scholar

I’m studying a HND in Civil Engineering part-time at the University of Kent and working at the same time. The experience I get at work gives me a better understanding of the engineering principles in my course.

I enjoy learning so much that I'm going to do another course soon – in bridge inspection at the University of the West of England.

Winning the scholarship was one of the proudest moments of my life. My colleagues and family also think it’s great that I’m featured on a flyer promoting the award. It's even more recognition for my achievement.

QUEST Kenneth Watson Travel Award

This award is funded by the estate of the late Kenneth Tomalin Watson CBE, a former ICE fellow who worked in Nigeria. It offers up to £1,500 to fund a trip which will help you develop your civil engineering knowledge and experience.

To apply for the travel award you must:

  • Be an ICE student member (and have been a member for a year when you apply)
  • Be studying in the UK
  • Be travelling after completing at least one year of your current course and after 1 June (no later than six months after your course end date)
  • Not already have received more than three ICE QUEST awards

Funding can be awarded for IAESTE placements, but not travel directly linked to your course.

Find out more and apply

Applications for 2016 are now closed and will re-open in January 2017.

To find our more, contact the QUEST coordinator:

e: t: +44 (0)20 7665 2193

Start planning your trip now, apply early next year and you might just get the funding you need.

Previous recipients

Peter Donald received a QUEST Kenneth Watson Travel Award to fund his trip to Malawi
Peter Donald received a QUEST Kenneth Watson Travel Award to fund his trip to Malawi

I travelled to the Mulanje region of Malawi with Students for Malawi on their emPower Chisitu project to construct off the grid Hugh Piggott style wind turbines.

Malawi has very limited access to energy and the majority of the country is off-grid. The projects aim was to construct turbines to produce energy so that the locals did not have to burn paraffin to power their homes.

My favourite aspect of the project was the challenge of working somewhere with limited resources, limited access to energy and no guarantee of being able to source the necessary components.

The scholarship provided by the ICE allowed me the opportunity to meet people and work on projects which have impacted me personally. My involvement in these projects has changed the direction of where I see my civil engineering career going and is an experience that every young engineer should go through.

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

As a QUEST undergraduate scholar, you'd get:

  • £10,000 over the course of your study
  • Paid work placements every summer
  • The potential of 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.

There are also some other undergraduate scholarships available that are fully funded by QUEST or the CF Lunoe Trust. However, for these, you'll need to arrange your own work placement.

Find out more

Applications for 2016 are now closed. The 2017 scholarship will re-open in March 2017.

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

t: +44 (0)20 7665 2193

Annual Reports

If you have been awarded a scholarship, as part of the award conditions you will need to provide an annual report and a final report when you finish your course. This year you will need to submit these by 25 October 2016, via email to