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IETs magnificent awards and opportunities for women

IET's magnificent awards and opportunities for women




This is truly an exciting time for women in engineering and technology, thanks to The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 158,000 members in 150 countries. The IET is also the most multidisciplinary institution, reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. The institution works to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing members, engineers and technicians - and wants female talent to thrive so provides a range of exciting opportunities for women to reach their full potential via awards, scholarships, bursaries, events and more.

Here are some upcoming opportunities available for recognising and celebrating women's achievement, while providing much-deserved visibility and exposure.

IET Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year Awards in association with Where Women Work


IET Young Woman Engineer International Women's Day

These prestigious awards, run in partnership with Where Women Work, honour the very best early career women engineers working in the UK.

The next generation need role models like you. Women make up just 16.5% of the UK engineering workforce, and the IET need your help to change that. 

The IET looks for brilliant women in STEM who are not only passionate about changing their own lives, but also about changing others too. Make your mark by inspiring the next wave of pioneering young women in engineering, and let’s change those statistics for the better.

You’re the inspiration these young girls need. Advance your career and revolutionise the future by applying for the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, and show young girls that they too have a place in the wonderful world of engineering.


  • Young Woman Engineer of the Year
  • WES Prize Winner (Women’s Engineering Society)
  • Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices
  • Gender Diversity Ambassador Award

Register for FREE to attend the prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony held on December 1 in London UK.


In the meantime, watch last year’s virtual ceremony.

IET Future Talent Awards

/IET - Future Talent Awards

2022 marks the introduction of a new generation of awards 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 current needs of society and the engineering sector.

There are two awards available offering £1,500 per year:

  •  Launch Scholarships for undergraduates, degree apprentices and apprentices with a passion for engineering and who can demonstrate a financial need or are overcoming a personal obstacle.
  • Boost Scholarships for undergraduates and degree apprentices in their final two years of study who are not only achieving academically but also demonstrating their commitment to engineering. 

Know someone who could benefit from applying? 

Applications closed - details here.

The IET Achievement Awards

Achievement Medals

The IET Achievement Medals recognise individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, engineering or technology. Depending on the nominations, these can include a variety of IET Achievement Medals including: the Faraday Medal, Mountbatten Medal, J J Thomson Medal for Electronics, Sir Henry Royce Award, IET Volunteer Medal, Paul Fletcher Award, Mike Sargeant Award, and possible others.

Nominations open February 2023 - details here.

Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards

The Apprentice and Technician Awards recognise apprentices or individuals in technical support roles who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to engineering and technology.

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Technician of the Year
  • Armed Forces Technician of the Year

Nominations open February 2023 - details here.

The IET Postgraduate Scholarships and Prizes


For PhD or EngD researchers in their first or second year of research: 

  • Leslie H Paddle Scholarship - £5,000
    To encourage excellence in engineering and technology research, with a preference for electrical, electronic or manufacturing engineering.
  • Hudswell International Research Scholarship - £5,000
    To encourage excellence in engineering and technology research, with a preference for electrical, electronic or manufacturing engineering.

For PhD or EngD researchers in their third or fourth year of research:

  • IET Postgraduate Prize: Up to two awards - £2,500
    To assist with research work leading to the award of a Doctorate, with a preference towards electrical, electronic or manufacturing engineering.

  • IET Postgraduate Scholarship for an Outstanding Researcher - £10,000
    The prize aims to help researchers to share advancing knowledge throughout the global science, engineering and technology community to enhance people’s lives around the world.

Details and applications here.

An exciting programme of events for The IET

The IET - women's events

The IET runs a very exciting and engaging series of events every year and has helped students and apprentice engineers with their studies - even when they faced challenging circumstances.

Details here.

To see a full list of The IET's forthcoming events, visit here

Annual initiatives The IET supports annually

  • International Women’s Day (IWD) - March 8
  • LGBT/Pride events throughout June 
  • International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) - June 23
  • Volunteer’s Week
  • Ada Lovelace Day
  • International Volunteer Day (IVD) 
  • and more

A year of celebration with The IET - so get involved

The IET celebrates women's achievements - and it wants you to be part of it. It's a year of fantastic opportunities, so seize the visibility and recognition you deserve in engineering and technology fields and get involved with The IET's brilliant programme of activity each year.

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