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Engineering Horizons Bursary

A number of bursaries worth up to £4,000 are available to apprentices and undergraduate students. IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries are supported by the IET, charitable foundations and engineering companies.






  • Apprentices who have started an IET approved apprenticeship by 12 September 2019.

  • Apprentices already in any year of an IET approved apprenticeship – the apprenticeship must not end before September 2020.



  • Students about to start, in Autumn 2019, an engineering or technology Bachelor’s or MEng degree in the UK, which has been accredited by the IET.
  • Students already in any year of IET accredited Bachelor’s or MEng degree in Autumn 2019.
  • Open to part-time and full-time students.
  • Our approved apprenticeship schemes offer engineers high quality opportunities. See a list of all the IET approved apprenticeship schemes [PDF, 113KB].

  • If you are an apprentice on an IET accredited Siemens Group scheme, you are also eligible to apply. 









  • The IET accredits programmes across a diverse spectrum, including electrical, electronic, manufacturing, mechanical, systems and software engineering and specialist areas such as bioengineering, nanotechnology and renewable energy. Before making your application, take a look at our currently accredited programmes [XLSX, 794KB] to make sure that your degree course in the UK is accredited by the IET.

  • Applications from students joining university with HNC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma and similar qualifications, or who have just completed a Foundation Year at the University, are especially welcome
Our bursary is aimed at apprentices and students who may face, or have faced, challenges or personal obstacles.
You will have a passion for engineering and be keen to help promote engineering to others.
Our bursary is designed to help you if you’re struggling with money. Examples of how it might be used include going towards buying books, a computer or even transport for your work or education.
You could be doing a Degree Apprenticeship – if the degree is IET accredited, you may apply as student; if your apprenticeship scheme is IET approved, you may apply as an apprentice.
IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries are for UK residents only.
Please note: If you have an IET Engineering Horizons Bursary supported by an engineering company, you cannot hold another company-sponsored scholarship such as IET Power Academy, E3 Academy, UKESF, GCHQ and BP. Please contact us at if you have any questions on a scholarship you hold.





Annual award of £1,000 per year, for the duration of the apprenticeship (up to 4 years).





Annual award of £1,000 per year for the duration of the degree, up to 3 years for Bachelors students and 4 years for MEng students.

Opportunity to be supported by a company donor, with engagement and placement opportunities.

All bursary-holders will receive free Student/Apprentice membership of the IET for the remaining years of their apprenticeship or degree course if not already received through their IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme or as an IET Academic Partner with their university.
All bursary-holders will benefit from advice and information from the IET on Engineering Technician (EngTech) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) registration and also technician professional registration application fee, when ready to apply, as well as support with Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration.
All winners will be supported to become ambassadors for the IET and Engineering profession


How to Apply

  • Before applying, please ensure you have read the relevant criteria above.
  • Complete the online application form by clicking on the button.
  • Changes to your application form can be made at any time up until the deadline.


Submitting your application

Register as a new user on the online submission system

  1. Enter the Engineering Horizons Bursary online submission system.
  2. Register as a new user: fill in the “Create a New Account” field.
  3. Use the details that you have entered whenever returning to the system.

Completing the online entry form

  1. Login to the submission system.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete all fields.
  3. Complete all fields within the application form.
  4. Once all fields are complete, you will be sent a confirmation email containing your submission reference number. Please use this reference number in all future correspondence with the organisers.


Key dates

12 September 2019        Submissions closed
December 2019 All applicants informed of decision
January 2020 First payment to successful applicants



The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme is supported by the IET, charitable foundations and engineering companies. If you are awarded an IET Bursary you will be expected to be an Ambassador for the IET and the engineering profession and to sign Terms and Conditions.



Chemring Group Plc is a global business that specialises in the manufacture of high technology products and the provision of services to the aerospace, defence and security markets. We employ approximately 2,500 people worldwide,  and have production facilities in four countries.  We are delighted to support the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursaries schemes. Read more about us and our careers.

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Read more about us and our careers.

Cundall work across the world, providing engineering consultancy services to help create amazing buildings. Our mission is to provide great opportunities for people, create fantastic built environments, and positively impact communities. We are delighted to support the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursaries schemes. Read more about us and our careers.

National Grid is an international electricity and gas company based in the UK and north-east US. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use. We are delighted to support the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursaries schemes. Read more about us and our careers.

Siemens Plc have over 15,000 people across 25 major offices and 13 manufacturing sites in the UK, and being part of a network of 351,000 people in over 190 countries they are creating innovation every day to help change the future. We are delighted to support the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursaries schemes. Read more about us and our careers.

Spirax-Sarco Engineering Plc has 116 operating units in 47 countries, and a direct sales presence in 62 countries worldwide, we are an organisation with a global reach. They are a multi-national engineering group that has its headquarters in Cheltenham, UK, has strategically located manufacturing plants around the world and employs approximately 7,400 people, of whom over 1,600 are direct sales and service engineers. Read more about us and our careers.


Trusts and Foundations

Dangoor Education

David Family Foundation is a family foundation who enable people experiencing disadvantage to get further in life through artistic culture, education and medical support. The foundation has a particular focus to support people who are struggling to fulfil their potential because of physical or mental ill health, financial disadvantage or prejudice. They do this through grants, bursaries and ongoing relationships with other charities.

The Engineers Trust is the charitable trust of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a London Livery Company. The charity acknowledges excellence in engineering, supports engineering education and research, gives grants and assists in the support of hardship experienced by engineers, particularly whilst in education. The Trust Fund gives annual awards and prizes to support and encourage excellence amongst qualified engineers and those training to be Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and engineering Technicians.

Ruth and Nigel Fine

Janet Firmin Memorial Fund

The Hendy and Pendle Charitable Trust

The Ironmongers' Company supports initiatives that encourage talented young people to study STEM subjects at school and go on to pursue engineering-related further education or vocational training.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.

The Manly Trust's primary objective is to advance the science of engineering by granting financial assistance to organisations that encourage an interest in STEM subjects amongst young people or that promote or provide education in engineering.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its members’ interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media.

Mr & Mrs Tubbs are supporting candidates from ideally one of the following regions: Ebbw Vale, Tredegar or Beaufort and Cwm, Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent, Clydach, Abergavenny in Monmouthshire or other areas of the South Wales Valleys. 



If you have any questions or need any help in completing the application form, please contact