Volunteering Award

Members of the Institution, you can apply for financial support to help you volunteer for engineering projects and activities that assist communities and individuals worldwide.

You can also apply for financial support to help you undertake personal development activities that help others through engineering.

Typical activities include:

  • Providing project support for a voluntary project
  • Delivering STEM activities
  • Supporting environmental projects and educational programmes.


  • The award is open to members of the Institution.

Award conditions

After the event has completed the award holder is required to submit a report to the committee. The committee may, at their discretion, ask for a presentation to the committee in lieu of a report.

Successful applicants may not reapply within two years of the date of the award.

Value of award

  • Up to £2,000.

Application process

Closing date: None.

You can apply for a grant at any time during the year.

  • You must provide three references to support your application:
  • Your first reference must be from someone who can vouch for the programme, confirm you have accepted and give a brief outline of the criteria you had to fulfil
  • Your second reference must be from someone who can vouch for your character and suitability for an award
  • Your third reference must be from someone who can explain how an award will benefit your development as an engineer.
  • You must submit your completed application form at least one month before the event. Your application will not be considered until we have received the supporting references from your referees.
  • You cannot submit an application after an event has taken place.

Submit your completed application form and referees forms:

Meet our award winners

  • John Venner

    Mechanical engineering student and Affiliate member, John Venner, was awarded £2,000 to do a volunteer work placement in Bolivia.

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