Undergraduate Research Grants

Annual grants by the Institution's Research Fund support research projects undertaken in the last or penultimate year of undergraduate study.

Undergraduate Research Grants help you add value to current projects and present you with an opportunity to make your work stand out.

Topics for study

Applications on our industry focussed research themes are encouraged, but you can cover other topics.



Applications should be made by academic project supervisors on behalf of students. Each supervisor may only make one application per year.

Applications should be made for a project to be carried out in the next academic year.

If you’re a student interested in a grant, please consult your supervisor.

Applications will be assessed based on:

  • Likelihood of scope for further research
  • Extent of innovation
  • Impact on practice
  • Feasibility

Please submit your application in English.

Conditions of the grant


By accepting the grant you agree to:

  • select a suitable student to undertake the project, provide supervision and arrange university resources to support the project’s successful execution
  • submit a portrait A0 size poster highlighting the key features of the project within two months of completion of the research project
  • produce an executive summary of 200 - 300 words within two months of completion of the research project (relating the project outputs to practice or further research required where possible)
  • inform the IStructE technical team of any changes in circumstances that might affect the proposed project at the earliest opportunity
  • allow all project details to appear on istructe.org

Winners of grants who are not already IStructE members will need to join the Institution as a Student Member. Student Membership is free.

Grants are not transferable to other supervisors or projects.

The £800 grant will be paid in two installments: £600 will be paid at beginning of project to the supervisor for project costs including equipment, consumables and software licenses.

£200 is paid to the student on submission of all deliverables.

Poster Prize

The best poster receives a £150 prize and will be displayed at our annual Young Researchers Conference.

More information

For assistance, please contact our technical team.


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