What is an Engineering Leaders Scholarship?

What has happened to the Engineering Leadership Awards?

Who may apply?

What do scholars receive?

What is a Sir Ralph Robins Scholarship?

Personal development plans

How will the funding be paid?

How do I apply for this scholarship?

Opening and closing dates

What is the assessment process?

When is the selection event?

Who is Sir Ralph Robins?

Further information 


What is an Engineering Leaders Scholarship?

Engineering Leaders Scholarships (formerly the Engineering Leadership Awards) help ambitious and inspiring undergraduates to become leadership role models for the next generation of engineers and  to undertake an accelerated personal development programme. Over the course of three years, they receive £5,000 funding for personal development and experienced mentorship to offer advice on their future development and career options. They also attend an annual training and networking event at which all the currently active scholarship holders from the different year groups are brought together along with Fellows of the Academy, Sainsbury Management Fellows, and previous alumni of the scheme.

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What has happened to the Engineering Leadership Awards?

Engineering Leaders Scholarships were formerlyt known as the Engineering Leadership Awards (or the Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards), the only difference being that both MEng and BEng undergraduates may now apply.

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Who may apply?

Undergraduate students studying engineering or related disciplines at a UK Higher Education Institution, including those studying degree apprenticeships 

Undergraduates who have completed their first year (full time equivalent) and who have at least two years left (including the current academic year) until they complete their degree

Undergraduates who are ordinarily resident in the UK and eligilbe to pay UK home fees, those in the UK on short term exchange programmes are not eligible.

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What do scholars receive?

Scholars will receive:

  • Assistance from the Academy to create personal development plans, enabling scholars to plan the use of their scholarship in the short term, and outline their intentions in the medium and long term.
  • £5,000 to enable them to act on their personal development plans over a period of up to three years.
  • An annual training and networking weekend at which all the current scholarship holders from the different year groups are brought together.
  • Access to senior engineers for guidance and support.

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What is a Sir Ralph Robins Scholarship?

The Sir Ralph Robins Scholarships are awarded to individuals who meet additional criteria related to coming from an underrepresented and underprivileged background and who wish to be considered for this prestegious award.  Along with the benefits of the Engineering Leaders Scholarships the Sir Ralph Robins Scholarships provide:

  • an additional £5,000 to be used towards tuition fees
  • a 10 week or 1 year paid internship at Rolls-Royce plc
  • an award produced by Rolls-Royce plc and presented at an annual drinks reception and
  • the names of recipients added to a roll of honour plaque in the Rolls Royce Room at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Personal development plans

Central to the theme of accelerating the professional development of the individual is the need to encourage our scholars to look ahead to where they think their careers are going and to start planning for them. Once a scholarship is confirmed, scholars are expected to finalise their personal development plan to enable their scholarship to start; Academy staff can offer advice with this. This not only stimulates thought about the longer-term career, but provides a structure around which to plan the use of the award funding itself.

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How will the funding be paid?

The initial sum is sent after a personal development plan has been approved and a contract signed. The remaining funding is paid following approval of annual reports and updated personal development plans as needed.

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How do I apply for this scheme?

All prospective applicants must submit an application form via the Academy’s  Grant Management System , together with any supporting documentation. The online application form and guidance notes can be found on the online grant system

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Opening and closing dates

Applications for 2020 close  at 4pm on Monday 13th January 2020  

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What is the assessment process?

A selection panel composed of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sainsbury Management Fellows and alumni of the scheme will review the applications and around 70 shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a selection event. Shortlisted candidates will engage in a 30-minute interview with two selectors, including at least one Fellow, and two group activities where they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their communication and leadership skills.

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When is the selection event?

The selection event will be held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on Friday 27th March 2020. This is the only date available and applicants must be available to attend in person on this date. Applicants who are invited to the Selection Event will be notified in early March 2020.

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Who is Sir Ralph Robins?

Sir Ralph Robins FREng Hon.FRAeS is one of the UK's most distinguished industrialists. During his 48 year career at Rolls-Royce plc he held many senior roles, including Managing Director, Deputy Chairman and then Chairman, serving in the latter post for 11 years. Renowned for his foresight - and unwavering believe in investing for the long-term - Sir Ralph was instrumental in commiting Rolls-Royce to the ground-breaking Trent engine programme. Trent engines continue to power much of the world's civil aviation fleet and are one of the UK's most successful technology exports.

Sir Ralph was born in 1932 and studied at Imperial College. He first joined Rolls-Royce in 1955. Amongst many honours he was nighted in 1988 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering the same year. In 1990 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  During his long career he has also held senior roles at, amongst others, Cable & Wireless plc, Marshall of Cambridge Holdings Ltd and Schroders plc.

 

Further information

All questions should be sent to Jacqueline Clay, University Programmes Manager.