The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions and actively supports women's career development via awards, scholarships, bursaries, events and more

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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 168,000 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.

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

The IET YWE - awarding women engineers

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


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

Details regarding the Awards ceremony here 

Registration is now open for the postponed 2020 YWE ceremony which is taking place on 4 March 2021 virtually. Please join the IET and help celebrate the six talented finalists. As part of the registration, The IET is giving away 500 guest boxes filled with gifts supplied by sponsors to randomly selected registrants. Please check the terms and conditions on the registration page and apply for the box upon registering for the event by 22 February 2021 to be in with a chance of winning.

Applications for YWE 2021 will open Monday 8 March 2021 and all the criteria and details on how to apply can be found on the website.

Find out more about this year’s YWE finalists by watching the programme video below.

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.

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

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 apply: here

The IET Diamond Jubilee scholarships and Engineering Horizons bursaries

These are The IET's two flagship schemes providing financial support to students and apprentices.

Diamond scholarships provide at least £1,000 per year for students about to start an IET accredited undergraduate degree at a UK university, for the duration of their course. They are awarded to students achieving great academic results, and importantly who have a real passion for engineering ... more

Details here

Horizons bursaries provide £1,000 per year for students either about to start or already enrolled on an IET accredited undergraduate degree in the UK, for the duration of their course, OR, apprentices about to start or already on an IET approved apprenticeship scheme in the UK, for the duration of their scheme. They are awarded to individuals who are taking a more vocational route into engineering, are in need of financial assistance, or who may face (or have faced) challenges or personal obstacles ... more

Details 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 since 2013, the IET has helped over 800 student 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) - 8th March every year
  • LGBT/Pride events throughout June 
  • International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 
  • Volunteer’s Week
  • Ada Lovelace Day
  • International Volunteer Day (IVD) 
  • And many 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.

The IET women's network

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