Encouraging gender diversity in Engineering
The latest round of WiE awards were made in autumn 2020
The Women in Engineering Scholars Programme made its fifth round of awards to first year undergraduates in 2020-21. This programme was originally instigated by the generous support of two donors committed to addressing the shortage of female role models in engineering by supporting the most talented engineering students to develop their careers.
Did you know? Recent independent studies show that:
- The proportion of female engineering professionals in the UK is amongst the lowest in Europe
- Fewer than 30% of girls aged 11-16 are aware of a female in their network (e.g. relative, family friend) in a STEMM-related role (EDF Energy, 2015)
- Only 7% of parents anticipate that a career in engineering would appeal to their daughter (IET ‘Engineer a Better World’ 2015)
We are very proud to offer these scholarships to our first-year undergraduates.
What will successful scholars receive?
- Financial assistance of £2,000 per year for each year of your course*
- Extra support, advice, and mentoring within the University and from Warwick graduates
- Opportunities for career development and other special events organised by School of Engineering and the Engineering Society will also enhance the Warwick experience
How will scholars be selected?
We anticipate that scholars will go on to be leading role models for women in engineering in their chosen field, and we have a responsibility to recruit the most committed students to the programme. Applications are open to students who are, at the time of the application, in the first year of their undergraduate Engineering degree at Warwick.
Scholars will be selected on the basis of, in order of priority: the information given in the supporting statement; outstanding track record of academic performance; and financial need.
The latest round of applications opened in October 2020.
Want to get a head-start on your supporting statement? This will be your brief: "In no more than 500 words, please tell us why you should be selected as a Women in Engineering scholar (including reference to your A-Levels or equivalent qualifications, and Financial Status) and what you would contribute to the programme."
What would I be expected to contribute as a scholar?
This scholarship scheme is funded by the charitable donations of private individuals. As such, there is an expectation that Scholarship recipients will contribute to scholarship scheme progress reports provided by the University to the donors, and that they will attend formal events where there is an opportunity to thank the donors for their significant contributions to the scheme.
What if I am not eligible for this scholarship?
If you are not eligible for the WiE Scholars' Programme, we have a number of other generous scholarship and bursary schemes open to first year undergraduates. For details please see our Warwick Scholarship and Bursary Scheme and Other Funding Opportunities pages.
How will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email. You will then be required to sign an agreement, including the need to produce an annual progress report and to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.
* How will I receive the money?
As long as you continue to do well in your academic studies, your award will be paid for each year of your course, subject to a maximum equivalent to 3 years full-time BEng study, and 4 years full-time MEng study. The WiE scholarship will be paid by the University directly into your bank account in termly instalments.
Please contact us at scholars at warwick dot ac dot uk for any further information about the scholarship.