Graduate awards and competitions

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Make the most of your ICE graduate membership by applying for awards and competitions. They're a great way of adding to your CPD and helping you to make your mark.

Our awards fund opportunities like travelling abroad and learning a foreign language, which will help you develop and progress in your career. You can also enter an ICE competition to practice your public speaking, writing or teamwork skills and be recognised for your abilities.

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Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award (previously known as the Graduate and Student Papers Competition) is an opportunity for ICE’s top young talent to present their research and innovative work.

The competition is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice. Papers have to be expertly presented and discussed, as well as innovative and well written.

It's an excellent chance to practice your writing and presentation skills – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It'll also raise your profile, help promote your university or employer, and give you the opportunity to have your paper published. Competitors can also win money - £250 in most regions - and there's another cash prize and the the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

Competition heats take place across ICE’s regions and the winning papers are short-listed by the international judging panel. Three top finalists are then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Graduate members can adapt papers from professional development or Professional Review reports.

Student members can adapt a university project or thesis which should preferably be based on your own work.

How to enter

Contact your Regional Support Team to find out about submission dates and prizes for your regional finals.

You can find full competition guidelines on the entry form which you’ll also need to complete and send in with your entry.

What if my ICE region does not run a competition?

If your region doesn’t run a competition, why not set one up? You can find out everything you’ll need to know from our Emerging Engineers Award regional pack:

To find out more about the Emerging Engineers Award please contact awards@ice.org.uk

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Emerging Engineers Award, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

e: awards@ice.org.uk
t: 44 (0)20 7665 2102

Meet a former winner

Samuel Donaldson, 2014 Emerging Engineers winner
Samuel Donaldson, 2014 winner, is congratulated by ICE president David Balmforth

Queen’s University graduate Samuel Donaldson won last year's award with his paper, Bangor Drainage Area Plan Implementation. It detailed his research as designer and manager on a project to construct nine large pumping stations in environmentally sensitive urban areas of Bangor, Co. Down.

Samuel’s work for employer AECOM has also provided development opportunities for staff through a two-year training programme.

Graduate and Student Communications Competition

This team competition promotes the importance of effective communication among ICE's younger members. Competitors need to use all their engineering and inter-personal skills to win over the judges and audience with a public presentation. This is based on an imaginary civil engineering project which will affect a local community.

Teams are made up of 3-5 student or graduate ICE members with no more than seven years' industry experience each (10 years' for student technician members). The competition has three rounds, regional heats, semi finals and a national final held at One Great George Street in London.

If you want to enter you'll need to create a professional presentation about your civil engineering scheme (chosen for you at random by the competition coordinator), and produce promotional leaflets for the project. The audience play the role of local residents in the competition rounds, and as the engineers proposing the scheme, you must tell them about the benefits and persuade them to support it.

Prizes

Winning teams at the regional rounds get a £250 prize.

Prizes for the national final are £500, £300, and £200.

How to enter

Contact your Regional Support Team to find out about submission dates and prizes for your regional finals.

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What if my ICE region does not run a competition?

If your region doesn’t run a competition, why not set one up? You can find out everything you’ll need to know from our competition pack.

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the Communications Competition, then please let us know.

e: anne.qualters@ice.org.uk

Meet a former winner

ICE London team meet former president Geoff French
2014 winners meet then ICE president Geoff French

A team from Transport for London, representing ICE London, won the 2014 Communications Competition with their presentation on the East End tube extension scheme. Chair of the judging panel, Past President, Geoff French, said: "The TfL team particularly impressed me with their ability to communicate the scheme and its impact in a way that would be understood by the public."

QUEST Travel Award

If you’re thinking about getting some professional experience overseas - by helping out on a local engineering project, for example - you might be able to win a QUEST Travel Award.

To stand a chance of winning money, you need to tell us about the activity you’d be taking part in and how the experience will benefit you and others. The selection process is competitive, so your entry must really stand out!

Individuals are awarded a maximum of £1,500 and groups up to £6,000.

Previous winners have worked on projects in developing countries, studied and researched local practice, and attended international conferences. If you’re looking for inspiration, it’s worth taking a look at our international development [internal link - international development page] pages.

To apply for this award, you must:

Only members who meet the criteria can be included on a group application.

How do I apply?

The award is given out twice a year. Application deadlines for 2015 are 23 April and 24 September.

If you're applying to meet the April deadline, you must travel after 31 May. If it's for the September deadline, your travel must be after 31 October. Your trip must take place within six months of the award being made.

Individual applicants must fill out an application form  and ask a referee to complete a reference form.

If you're submitting a group application, you must nominate one member to fill out the application, while all members need to ask a referee to complete a reference form. Your referee should be your employer.

Applications forms must emailed to quest.travel@ice.org.uk and reference forms to quest.reference@ice.org.uk before the deadline.

How are winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest will receive a financial award of up to £1,500 for individuals and up to £6,000 for groups.

Your entry will be assessed on the following:

  • The quality of your application
  • How much the experience will benefit you
  • The aims and merit of the project or activity
  • How the project or activity will benefit others and ICE
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The length of time spent overseas
  • The relevance of the project and activity to civil engineering

If you're selected for an award, you’ll need to send us a report of around 1,000 words on your experiences, within a month of returning from your trip.

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Travel Award, then please let us know.

e: quest.awards@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193

Meet a former winner

Jason le Masurier, recipient of the QUEST Travel Award
Jason le Masurier received an award to go back to New Zealand

"I had a really serious accident in 2007 and was told I’d never walk again after suffering serious brain damage. It only took a few years for me to prove that wrong however (and do a triathlon!).

Winning the travel award allowed me to go back to New Zealand where I’d worked before the accident and follow-up my research into post-disaster procurement models, studying the earthquake rebuilding in Christchurch.

From my visit I’ve had a paper published and made connections for future projects. Above all, it was the first time since my accident that I really felt like me again.

I’m now planning to set up a consultancy."

QUEST Continuing Education Award

If you're an ICE member working in the civil engineering industry, and would like get new qualifications to help your professional development, then this award could provide you with financial support of up to £2,500.

The aim of the award is to support members who are returning to study management or technical subjects. It’s not designed to fund courses that will be used as Further Learning in the ICE membership process.

To apply for this award:

  • You must be an ICE graduate or professionally qualified member 
  • You must have been a member for a minimum of two years
  • You must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in the civil engineering industry
  • Your course must not be an ICE-accredited further learning programme. Find out if your course is accredited
  • You must not have already received more than three ICE QUEST scholarships or awards
  • Your application will only be accepted before the start of your course. Student member or PhD students aren't able to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications for this award will open on 1 June and close on 24 September.

To apply, you need to:

How are winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and those judged to be strongest receive up to £2,500.

Your application will be assessed on the following:

  • The quality of your application
  • How much the course will benefit you and your professional development
  • The academic merit of the course
  • How the course will benefit your employer and ICE
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The duration of the course

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Continuing Education Award, then please let us know.

e: quest.awards@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193

Meet a former recipient

James Latham received an award to help fund his MSc.

" I won the award to help fund an MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management. I applied for the course because I wanted to get a deeper understanding of the interactions between the engineered and natural water environment. I also thought it would be good for developing my research skills, as practice for dealing with complex engineering problems in the future.

Learning doesn’t stop once you’ve finished university – attending professional development activities can really help to make us more efficient and effective engineers.

My confidence is greater now and I’ll be doing more presentations and writing in the future."

QUEST Foreign Language Award

ICE Graduate members who would like to work overseas, or learn a language to help them in their current workplace, could get up to £500 to help them learn a foreign language.

To be considered for the award you need to tell us how the course will help your professional development and benefit you in the future. The aim of this award is to help engineers who are at the start of their career.

To apply for this award you must:

  • Be an ICE graduate member and have been a member for a minimum of two years up to making the application (time as a student member counts)
  • Be a British citizen and a UK resident
  • Have less than seven years’ experience of working in the civil engineering industry
  • Start your course between 28 February 2015 and 31 October 2015
  • Not have already received this award or three other ICE QUEST scholarships or awards

How do I apply?

  • Complete an application form
  • Provide a one-page employment history which lists 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.

You can apply for this award from August 2015.

How is the winner chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest one receives up to £500.

Entries are judged against the following:

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

If you win the award, you will need to submit a report of around 1,000 words on completion of your course.

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Foreign Language Award, then please let us know.

e: quest.awarsd@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193

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