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 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.

How much are the grants worth?

The Awarding Committee has authority to make grants valued at:

  • Full-time study - £2,000
  • Part-time study - £1,000

Am I eligible?

We welcome applications from anyone who has typically served at least a two-year mechanical engineering apprenticeship before starting a foundation degree-level course. 

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship interviews

  • Mandatory for all shortlisted candidates.
  • Interviews are planned for Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August 2019.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified at the beginning of August if they are required to attend an interview and will be given details of the locations and times of the interviews.
  • Unfortunately, if a candidate is not able to attend on one of the specified dates, then an alternative date cannot be arranged.
  • The Institution is able to normally reimburse up to a total maximum of £100 towards travelling expenses to a candidate who has been invited to attend an interview. Candidates are encouraged to be economical in their claim.

How to apply

  • Applicants will be considered throughout the year.
  • To apply, complete the application form and two reference request forms.

Application form
Reference request 1
Reference request 2

Have a question?

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