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New IET scholarships to make engineering careers accessible to people from diverse backgrounds

Replacing the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Engineering Horizons Bursaries, the IET Future Talent Awards will take forward the best elements of both and will reflect the current needs of society and the engineering sector.

The new-look scholarships include:

  • The Launch Scholarship which recognises students, degree apprentices and apprentices, who have faced financial challenges or personal obstacles and have a passion for engineering. Recipients of this scholarship can be in any year of study and can receive up to £1,500 per year for a maximum of four years.
  • The Boost Scholarships are for students in their final one or two years of an IET accredited degree or degree apprenticeship and who have obtained 70% and above at the end of their 2nd year of university*. Recipients can receive up to £1,500 per year, for up to two years.
  • *Scottish students may apply at the end of their 3rd year.

Sir Julian Young, IET President, said: “We want to help and support people from all backgrounds onto the engineering career ladder and recognise the importance of a strong first start.

We realise every individual has very different experiences and opportunities, and sometimes these can be barriers to pursuing a career in engineering.

We’re really excited to be able to offer these scholarships to all so that more young people can pursue their dreams within our great profession.”

The IET works with partners from industry and the charitable sector to achieve our shared goals and provide vital experience and networking opportunities. 

Applications opened at the beginning of May and will close on 6 October 2022.


Notes to Editor

More about IET Awards

  • 89% of alumni from the IET’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Engineering Horizons Bursaries who graduated between 2017 and 2020 are employed in or have gone on to post-graduate study in engineering and technology.
  • The IET provides a large number of awards, prizes and scholarships each year to celebrate excellence and innovation in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. In 2021, we awarded £894,000 in prizes.

About the IET

  • We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world.
  • We are a diverse home for engineering and technology intelligence throughout the world. This breadth and depth mean we are uniquely placed to help the sector progress society.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and technology to change outdated perceptions and tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • Interview opportunities are available with our spokespeople from a range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and diversity in engineering.
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