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We are committed to offering financial support to outstanding mechanical engineers, who typically have at least two years hands on training in mechanical engineering, to undertake a foundation degree with the intention of gaining a university degree for the purpose of obtaining Chartered Engineer status.

The awards will go to outstanding mechanical engineers, who have, typically, two years hands on training in mechanical engineering.

The grants are to encourage outstanding mechanical engineers, who will have excellent academic and practical skills and the qualities needed to succeed in industry.

On completion of the Foundation Degree students will be eligible to apply for a Whitworth Scholarship Award.


  • Applicants must be a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen.
  • Applicants must have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three consecutive years prior to undertaking study in the UK at a College of FE/HE or university.

Award criteria

Applicants must have pursued a vocational route in an engineering discipline typically for at least two years after having left full-time education and before entering a foundation level degree that permits entry to an undergraduate mechanical engineering course.

Submissions for the award will be reviewed and if deemed appropriate applicants will be called to interview. Interviews are mandatory for all shortlisted candidates. 

These requirements are consistent with the Whitworth Awards.

Value of award

For those studying

  • full time the award will be a grant of £2,000
  • For those studying part time the award will be a grant of £1,000.

Application process

Closing date: 11 September 2022.

  • The submission must be completed by the applicant.
  • Applicants will be considered throughout the year.

Please supply the names and addresses of two persons who are prepared to support your application for this grant. These referees should preferably be:

  • a senior member of staff from your college of further education.
  • a senior representative of the organisation for which you worked while obtaining practical experience of engineering.

Submit completed application form and two reference request forms to:

Karen Frost 
ASK House 
IMechE Prizes and Awards Department 
Northgate Avenue 
Bury St Edmunds 
IP32 6BB 


Have a question?

Contact our Prizes and Awards Team about our awards, scholarships or prizes.