Record number of QUEST engineering scholarships and bursaries awarded in ICE’s bicentenary year

Press release

A record number of QUEST engineering scholarships and bursaries have been awarded in 2018 by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

A total of 254 awards were made this year, as part of ICE 200th anniversary celebrations, increasing from 186 in 2017.

In another important milestone, over half of this 2018’s undergraduate scholarships were awarded to women, with 43 out of a total 76 awards.

The Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust, or QUEST, was set up to encourage and support education in civil engineering. QUEST offers scholarships and bursaries for students, graduates and professionally-qualified ICE members at all levels to develop their knowledge and skills and help them to fulfil their potential.

Barry Clarke, Chair of the QUEST Committee and ICE Past President said:

“I am delighted that over 200 QUEST awards have been made during ICE’s bicentenary year, helping us to showcase the rewarding and varied careers on offer in civil engineering.

“The latest QUEST graduates are a testament to the passion and creativity of the next generation and I congratulate them all. I look forward to seeing how they have used their QUEST scholarships to further their careers and make their mark on the profession, helping to directly transform lives and safeguard the future for people’s families.”

The scholarship awards include:

  • Kenneth Watson Award – offering up to £1,500 for individuals and £4,500 for groups to fund a trip to help develop civil engineering knowledge and experience
  • Technician Scholarship – for those on a further/higher education course that could lead them to becoming an ICE Technician Member (MICE)
  • Technician Plus Scholarship – a new award for 2018 which offers up to £1500 for technicians or those eligible to become a technician, helping recipients to move on to the next stage in their careers towards IEng
  • Undergraduate Scholarship – awarding up to £8,000 over the course of an individual’s study for those planning to start a civil engineering degree at a UK university on an ICE-accredited course
  • Eloise Plunkett Award – for a newly-qualified female member or technician member, based in the UK, offering up to £2,500 for travel which has a civil engineering focus
  • Travel Award – for graduates or qualified members looking to gain experience abroad by working on a civil engineering project, offering up to £1,500 for individuals or £6,000 for groups
  • Continuing Education Award – offering up to £2,500 to ICE graduate and qualified members who are gaining a new qualification to help their professional development

Clara Bermejo, an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, said:

“Being a QUEST scholar is a seal of approval. If you go for a job and someone else has the same CV, with the same level of qualification, you can say ‘ICE has chosen me’ - it really opens doors.”

Prospective QUEST candidates can view award criteria and information on how and when to apply.