Scholarships & funding opportunities

Royal Academy of Engineering Amazon Future Engineer Bursary

The Amazon Future Engineer bursary is a national bursary programme aimed at supporting women A-level and BTEC/OCR (or Scottish equivalent) students from low-income households who wish to study computer science or related engineering courses at UK universities.

Women are still significantly underrepresented in engineering and technology in higher education. UCAS data on university application and acceptance figures for the 2020 cycle highlighted that women represent just 16% and 18% of accepted applications to computing and engineering degrees respectively. At the current rate of progress, parity of women on engineering degrees will not be achieved until 2085. We cannot wait that long.

These bursaries aim to help address underrepresentation and accelerate the rate of progress. They will provide successful women applicants with a financial support package worth £5,000 per year for up to four years of study to cover expenses related to attending university, including tuition fees or accommodation and living costs. 

By removing some of the financial barriers that may impact on university studies and career trajectory, recipients can remain committed to their courses and stand the best possible chance of success.

Awardees will also gain exclusive access to networking groups to meet positive role models, interact with like-minded peers, build long-term relationships, and benefit from collaboration opportunities.

  • Value £5,000 per year up to 4 years - total £20,000
  • Opens 14 April 2022
  • Deadline 6 June 2022
  • Help with Living costs, Travel costs, Equipment and study costs
  • Duration 4 years

Eligibility

To be eligible for an Amazon Future Engineer Bursary you must:

  • be a woman
  • currently be studying: - for at least 1 A level or Scottish Highers in science, technology, engineering, or maths; and/or - a full-time technical course such as computer science or other related computing or engineering courses (such as a BTEC, OCR or the Scottish equivalent) at a further education college
  • have received an offer (conditional or unconditional) to study an eligible computer science or related engineering course listed below, at a university in the UK (including eligible courses with an integrated foundation year)
  • be a UK resident and eligible to pay ‘home’ fee rates for university
  • be enrolling at a UK university and commencing study at the start of the 2022 - 2023 academic year
  • have been eligible for free school meals from the date you started your post-16 studies and/or have at least one parent or guardian in receipt of state benefits (not child benefit if this is the only benefit being received).

Eligible course areas:

  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer games and animation
  • Business computing
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Computational mathematics
  • Computational physics
  • Other course areas such as computing

Number of Scholarships

  • An annual training and networking weekend
  • Access to networking and alumni groups for advice, collaboration and support.

Further Information

The funding is intended to provide financial assistance throughout your course to help with tuition fees or accommodation and living expenses. Note: each grant payment will be released upon condition of you providing continued proof of enrolment at the start of each term. In the first year only, two terms of funding will be released in January.