Around 10 Studentships are offered each year for outstanding engineering or science graduates who wish to develop their capabilities in industrial design and who aspire to becoming leading designers in British industry. The scheme is open to applicants resident in the UK who are intending to make a career in British Industry.

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The aim of the scheme is to stimulate industrial design capability among the country’s most able science and engineering graduates. In the Commissioners’ view, industrial design cannot be dissociated from a clear understanding of the underlying engineering science of the product and it is for this reason that first degrees in science or engineering are prescribed. These are complementary, not alternative disciplines. For products to succeed they must not only be fit for purpose, but they must also look good and represent value for money.

At a glance

  • Funding valueAll tuition fees plus stipend of £12,000 plus £850 for materials
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK
  • Deadline25 Apr 2019
  • Funding provider(s)Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851




What it covers

  • All tuition fees, up to the normal UK course level for UK students.
  •  Stipend of £12,000 pa. 
  •  Allowance of £850 pa for materials. 
  •  Some travel expenses may be paid. 
Duration is one year. A second year will be supported if the course demands it and the first year has been satisfactorily completed.

Who can apply

• Resident in the UK.
• Intending to make a career in British Industry.
• Good first degree, normally in engineering/science but other degrees may be considered.
• Candidates will be expected to demonstrate precise analytical thinking, creativity and open-mindedness that will result in benefit to British industry.
• Must have obtained admission to a suitable postgraduate course, normally in the UK, in industrial design or in engineering if wishing to complement a design-oriented first degree.
• Normally recently graduated.

Applicable Courses

Further information

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in June 2019. Fellowships must commence in the year of award, normally at the beginning of October.

How to apply

All applications much be submitted by email on the downloadable application form and must be accompanied by a full CV, which gives details of past work experience; a statement and evidence of interest and expectations in industrial design, including the intention to make a career in British Industry and evidence of acceptance for the intended course.