The Pai Lin Li Travel Award

The Pai Lin Li Travel Award is an unrivalled opportunity for young members to pursue innovative and creative ideas abroad. 

The Institution provides grants of between £1,000 and £3,500 to Members who wish to study current practice or trends outside their own country. Studies of innovative materials and construction techniques are particularly encouraged.

The award provides a fantastic opportunity to spend four to six weeks experiencing the technical, economic, social and political conditions in another country and to examine how these various factors affect the practice of structural engineering. The scheme enables members to broaden their experience and test their ideas with world experts.

Enter now

Deadline 15 February 2019
Eligibility Members of the Institution
Entrants must be 35 years or under on 15 February 2019
Prize Grants of £1,000 - £3,500
Opportunity to give a livestreamed lecture on your findings
Entry format A completed application cover page

A detailed proposal (of around 800-1,200 words) giving the objectives of the study, an itinerary of places and people to be visited (who should have already been contacted), and a statement of expected costs.


Name and contact details of two referees

A supporting statement from your employer

An interview



Previous award winners

2018 Awards

  • Kavinda Isuru Nanayakkara​ for the paper 'Shell Structures from Catalan to Mapungubwe, Lessons from Structural Efficiency for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries'
  • Amy Brander for the paper 'The Next Generation Of Buildings: Wired for Health and Wellbeing'

2017 award winners

  • Charlotte Elizabeth Murphy for 'Bridges for Manufacture and Assembly: Innovative joining technologies of precast concrete elements​'
  • James Matthew Lomas for 'Designing for Change: A New Approach to Residential Construction'

2016 award winners

  • Jacob Borchers for his research proposal ‘Post-Earthquake Assessment of Seismic Resistant Schools and Attitudes to their Design and Construction in Nepal’
  • Victoria Richardson for her research proposal ‘3D printing becomes concrete: Exploring the structural potential of concrete 3D printing'

2015 award winners

  • Daniel Bergsagel for his title ‘Disassembling Detroit’

2014 award winners

  • Ian Hamilton for his research proposal ‘Green Building in Sri Lanka: Understanding the Challenge of Embodied Energy in Tropical Buildings’
  • Marc Easton for his research proposal ‘Biorock as a material for structural use’

2013 award winners

  • Nathan Fieldsend for his research proposal 'The use of prefabrication for low-cost, sustainable housing in developing countries'

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