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Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award promotes and rewards excellence in the originality and communication of civil engineering ideas and research.

It does this by creating an opportunity for ICE student and graduate members, as well as apprentices at either of these grades or holding professionally qualified membership as IEng MICE or EngTech MICE and continuing on their apprenticeship, to showcase their knowledge and talent to the wider civil engineering community.

Entering this competition gives members the opportunity to enhance their written and verbal presentation skills, showcase their work and enhance continuing professional development, particularly in support of professional review preparation. The ability to communicate technical concepts in a clear manner to a varied audience is a key skill for civil engineers, and this competition provides opportunity to enhance online and/or in person presentation skills. There is also opportunity to be selected for publication of the winning paper in one of the ICE technical journals.

There are prizes for regional winners and the overall winner receives a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Heats take place across the ICE regions with the final selection of three papers for the overall Emerging Engineers Award final in October each year.

Find out more and apply using the application form. Check the entry dates and contact information for your local region below.

Volunteers running the regional heats can find out more in the guidance document.

UK regions

UK regional heats offer prizes as follows:

  • Regional winner: £250
  • Second place: £150
  • Third place: £100

Deadline for Synopsis (400 words): 01 June 2022

Notification of shortlisted candidates: 08 June 2022

Final Paper submission by: 22 June 2022 

East Midlands Regional Final: 29 June 2022

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

Shortlist notification: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Deadline for submission of full papers: Thursday 03 June 2021

Competition/presentation: Thursday 17 June 2021

Please email your submission to [email protected].

Deadline for Synopsis (400 words): Thursday 15 March 2022

Deadline for Synopsis (400 words): Thursday 15 March 2022

Shortlist notification: Monday 21 March 2022

Deadline for submission of full papers: Monday 18 April 2022

Competition/presentation: Wednesday 18 May 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected].

Deadline for Synopsis (400 words): Tuesday 10 May 2022

Shortlist notification: Friday 20 May 2022

Deadline for submission of full papers: Friday 3 June 2022

Regional heat combined with North East: Thursday 16 June 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected].

Dates to be confirmed

  • Regional heat applications open - 14 January – 28 January
  • Regional finalists notified - 14 February 2022
  • Submission of final papers - 28 February 2022
  • Regional heat held - 14 March 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected]

  • Official Launch - 25 January 2022
  • Closing date for applications - 01 March 2022
  • Inform shortlist - 03 March 2022
  • Papers deadline - 17 March 2022
  • Presentations - 23 March 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected]

Dates to be confirmed

Please email your submission to [email protected]

Kent and East Sussex Branch

Deadline for submission of synopses (400 words): Tuesday 26 April 2022

Shortlisting notification: Tuesday 03 May 2022

Deadline for submission of full papers: Friday 20 May 2022

Competition: Tuesday 24 May 2022 (Online)

South Branch

Deadline for synopses (400 words): Monday 7 March 2022

Shortlisting notification: Friday 18 March 2022

Deadline for full papers: Tuesday 19 April 2022

Competition: Wednesday 4 May 2022

Thames Valley Branch

Deadline for synopses (400 words): Monday 28 March 2022

Shortlisting notification: Monday 4 April 2022

Deadline for full papers: Friday 22 April 2022

Competition: Thursday 05 May 2022

Open for entries: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Deadline for synopses (400 words): Thursday 31 March 2022

Regional finalists notified: Thursday 14 April 2022

Deadline for full papers: Wednesday 4 May 2022

Regional final: Thursday 19 May 2022

Please email [email protected] to apply or for further information.

Regional heat applications open: 21 March - 29 April 2022.

Regional finalists notified: 13 May 2022

Submission of final papers: 30 May 2022

Regional heat held: 20 June 2022

Applications to be emailed to [email protected]

Submission of a 400-word synopsis: Sunday 20 March 2022

Notification of shortlisted candidates: Friday 04 April 2022

Final paper submission (up to 4000 words): Monday 16 May 2022

West Midlands Regional Final: Tuesday 24 May 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected]

Deadline for Synopsis (400 words): Tuesday 10 May 2022

Shortlist notification: Friday 20 May 2022

Deadline for submission of full papers: Friday 03 June 2022

Regional heat combined with North East: Thursday 16 June 2022

Please email your submission to [email protected].

International regions

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for Africa, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for the Americas, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for the Australasia, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

Hong Kong

Submission deadline: 10 October 2021

Regional final: December 2021

Find out more about this year’s award

For enquiries, please email [email protected].

Competitions are regularly held in the following locations:

  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • UAE

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for the Middle East and North Africa, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for the South Asia, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

If you would like to volunteer to run the Emerging Engineers Award heat for South East Asia, please follow the guidance document and confirm dates, prizes and point of contact to [email protected].

Got a question about our awards or competitions?

If you have any questions or are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact the Awards Co-ordinator using the link below.