The Whitworth Award Scheme

Sir Joseph Whitworth was a true visionary, realising the importance of combining both scholarship and engineering practice when he founded the Whitworth Scholarships in 1868. One hundred fifty years later, His scheme continues to grow and support talented engineers to fulfil his vision.

The current iteration of the Awards Scheme began in 1984, and there are opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies and engineering research with his Scholarship Awards.  These scholarships are available to outstanding engineers who have excellent academic and practical skills and the qualities needed to succeed in industry who are wishing to embark/or have already commenced on an engineering programme of any engineering discipline.


  • British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen
  • Resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years before study
  • Pursued a vocational route in an engineering discipline typically for at least 2 years after leaving school and starting a university engineering course.
  • Or served an Apprenticeship!

For the postgraduate research award, the above and:

  • A recent graduate with an engineering degree who has pursued a vocational route in an engineering discipline typically for at least 2 years after having left full-time education and before entering a degree-level engineering course.
  • Admission to, or have already commenced, a postgraduate research degree programme.

The IMechE administers the scholarships, but they are open to all disciplines – for those studying an engineering degree

  • Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of up to £9,000 p.a. for undergraduate study of any engineering discipline.
  • Postgraduate Senior Scholarship Awards of up to £15,000 p.a. for Postgraduate Research leading to a PhD or EngD

Closing date is June 30th 2021.

Further details on applying can be found on Whitworth Scholarships.