The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), founded in 1904, is the world’s motor sport governing body and an advocate of safe, sustainable and accessible mobility for all road users across the world. With members in 146 countries, the FIA is committed to promoting greater diversity and inclusion.

Motorsport is a powerful tech laboratory for the future. All its technological advances, particularly in terms of safety and environment, benefit the general public.

The FIA partnered with Cranfield University are offering an engineering scholarship for academic year 2024-2025. Cranfield has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The Cranfield Impact Centre is a FIA-approved test centre, and Cranfield Simulation (AXSIM) is at the forefront of driver-in-loop race driving simulation. With strong links to industry through the Cranfield Motorsport MSc Steering Committee, graduates can anticipate career opportunities ranging from design roles to working trackside with teams.

Having recognised that engineering talent often faces multiple barriers for entry into motorsport, the FIA has put in place a scholarship to assist one outstanding candidate to overcome them.

The FIA are looking for an engineer with exceptional personal qualities, has high academic merit and who is passionate about motorsport, yet not able to afford to study at Cranfield. The successful candidate will benefit from a 1-year scholarship, covering tuition fees for an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering and a contribution towards associated living costs in the UK.

At a glance

  • Funding valueFull scholarship covering tuition fees (GBP 27,910 for oversees students), and a contribution towards flights and living allowance
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU, Rest of world
  • Deadline01 Apr 2024
  • Funding provider(s)FIA

What it covers

The FIA motorsport engineering scholarship covers:

  • Payment of tuition fees for the MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University (2024/25 academic year).
  • One roundtrip economy flight from the country of residence to the UK.
  • A stipend paid quarterly to cover a contribution towards accommodation and personal living expenses in the UK (total equivalent to approximately EUR 15,000 depending on exchange rates at the time of payment). You may require additional personal funding to complete your studies.
  • The total value of the scholarship shall not exceed EUR 50,000 (course fee, flights and contribution to cost of living).

Who can apply

To be eligible for the FIA scholarship you must:

  • Meet the entry requirements for the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc.
  • Please note, competition for places on the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc is very strong, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate high academic ability, a demonstrable passion for motorsport and present a strong case regarding the need to overcome the barriers to entry to both study at Cranfield and to achieve a future career in motorsport.
  • Potential to support the FIA and Cranfield University as a student ambassador.

Further information

For more information please visit FIA website and contact an FIA Member organization in your country before contacting Cranfield University.

How to apply

  • Contact an FIA Member organization in your country to determine your eligibility and to receive additional information about the FIA and the scholarship:
  • Complete an application for the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc by the 1st April 2024.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for the FIA Motorsport Engineering Scholarship should indicate their interest on the course application form including a short personal statement of why they should be considered.
  • Applications will be processed and following standard admissions practice for the course you may be selected for a Cranfield University course admission interview.
  • During your interview you will be asked questions around your motivation and need for the FIA Motorsport Engineering Scholarship.
  • Following the Cranfield interview a short-list of candidates will be interviewed by the FIA in May 2024.
  • Announcement of successful scholar in June 2024