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IETs magnificent 2019 awards & opportunities for women

IET's magnificent 2019 awards & opportunities for women


This is a truly an exciting year for women in engineering and technology, thanks to The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET). They're one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. The IET's also the most multidisciplinary institution, reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. They work to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing members, engineers and technicians - and they want female talent to thrive so they provide a range of exciting opportunities for women to reach their full potential via awards, scholarships, bursaries, events and more.

Here are some fabulous 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

The IET YWE - awarding women engineers

These prestigious awards honour the very best early career female engineers working in the UK.

Entry deadline: Now closed


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

Ceremony: Thursday 5 December 2019 at IET London, Savoy Place

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.

Nomination deadline: Now closed

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

Nomination deadline: Now closed

Ceremony: Thursday, 24 October 2019 at IET London, Savoy Place

Details: here

The IET Postgraduate Scholarships and Prizes

Entry deadline: Now closed


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: 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

Entry deadline: Thursday 12 September 2019

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

Entry deadline: Thursday 12 September 2019

An exciting programme of events for The IET in 2019

The IET - women's events

Engineering a fair future: Why we need to train unbiased AI

Part of the IET Turing EngTalk and BCS Lecture Series

When: Event over
Where: London, Manchester and Belfast
Details: here
Further EngTalks take place throughout the year, normally at IET London: Savoy Place

The IET Annual Dinner

The UK’s leading engineering and technology networking event, with a mission to celebrate the engineering brilliance of today and support the top engineering talent of tomorrow.
Since 2013, we’ve helped over 800 student and apprentice engineers with their studies - even when they faced challenging circumstances. The IET's 2019 Annual Dinner will help to support even more extraordinary careers in engineering.

2019 IET events/initiatives provide a fabulous opportunity to network with key industry figures during what always proves to be an incredible night. Our industry can’t afford to miss out on the talent and passion of the next generation. Every £1,000 The IET raises helps support a young engineer for a full year.

When: Event over
Where: Grosvenor House, London
Details: here

Women in Engineering
When: Event over
Where: IET Birmingham, Austin Court
Details: here

For a full list of upcoming events, visit here

Annual initiatives The IET supports through the year

  • International Women’s Day (IWD) - 8 March 2019
  • LGBT/Pride events throughout June 
  • International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) - 23 June 2019
  • Volunteer’s Week - 1 to 7 June 2019
  • International Volunteer Day (IVD) - 5 December 2019 
  • And more, so watch this space!

A year of celebration with The IET - so get involved

The IET celebrates women's achievements - and they want 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 throughout 2019.

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