The Educational Trust Pai Lin Li Travel Award

Excellent opportunity for the professional development of young structural engineers

The Educational Trust’s Pai Lin Li Travel Award makes grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to members of The Institution of Structural Engineers who wish to spend four to six weeks outside their own country studying current practice or trends related to the use of any construction material in the field of structural engineering. The Educational Trust is keen to encourage take-up of the award in relation to innovate materials and construction techniques.
The award provides an unrivalled opportunity to sample the technical, economic, social and political conditions in another country and to examine how these various factors affect the practice of structural engineering. This opportunity not only enables you to broaden your experience, it also provides an excellent PR opportunity for The Institution to promote the work you have undertaken abroad at an Evening Lecture at our International Headquarters in London.

2017 winner

Graduate Member, Charlotte Elizabeth Murphy, for her research proposal ‘Designing Bridges for Manufacture and Assembly: Innovative joining technologies of precast concrete elements’.

Graduate Member, James Matthew Lomas, for his research proposal “Designing for Change: A New Approach to Residential

"The award allowed me to spend six weeks on the road in the Great Lakes of North America, exploring building deconstruction and the reuse of structural timber. For a London-based engineer with an office job, that felt like a miracle.

Receipt of the award provided weight and purpose to what I initially thought was a niche research pursuit, and gave me the confidence and time to really throw myself into the topic. But perhaps the lasting outcome has been the diverse, inspiring and friendly network of people in industry and academia that I met, both while preparing for and when travelling, on the trip; it's a network I plan to keep in touch with for future projects.

While to most people I spoke to the award sounded like an elaborate extended holiday, it entailed an unexpectedly serious amount of work in preparing, meeting, writing and presenting the research. However, I'd apply again in a shot if I thought I could get away with it!”

 Daniel Bergsagel, winner, 2015

"With the Pai Lin Li award money, I was able spend four weeks abroad, researching worldwide practices in the design and construction of stress ribbon bridges. I travelled to Germany, the Czech Republic and Japan, to meet with design engineers and researchers involved in this field which was very inspiring.

Travelling by myself to new countries, writing the paper for The Structural Engineer magazine, and then presenting my work at IStructE HQ really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It gave me invaluable experience in communicating tricky technical concepts in written and spoken, form which has helped me in my daily work, as I often have to report or present my work to the design team or clients on my projects. It was a fantastic experience, I highly recommend it."

Roma Agrawal, winner, 2008

The Board of the Educational Trust will select the shortlisted projects and winners. In 2017, the Board consists of:

Brian Ayling
Darren Byrne
Wayne Lord
Bob McKittrick
Steven Wright
Steve Evans
Claire Lewis
Aengus McGrogan

 Pai Lin Li Travel Award Recipients 

 The Educational Trust has published a compilation of all the reports that have been written by recipients of the Pai Lin Li 
 Travel Award between 2007-2012.


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