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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 £1,000 for individuals and £3,000 for groups to fund a trip to 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 since the December prior to your application)
  • 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

Regrettably, applications for the QUEST Kenneth Watson Travel Award are suspended due to Covid-19. This will be kept under review and we hope to re-open the application process later in the year.

How are the winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest will receive a financial award of up to £1,000 for individuals and up to £3,000 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.

QUEST Anniversary publication

In 2017, QUEST celebrated 40 successful years of funding civil engineering students and projects. We have put together a publication with some highlights so be sure to download your free copy.

Previous recipients

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.

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.