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QUEST Travel Award

An award for graduates or qualified members looking to get experience abroad by working on a civil engineering project.

If you’re thinking about getting some professional experience overseas - by helping out on a local engineering project, for example - you might be able to win a QUEST Travel Award.

Individuals are awarded a maximum of £1,000 and groups up to £3,000.

To apply for this award, you must:

Only members who meet the criteria can be included on a group application.

Apply now?

Applications for 2024 are now open until Thursday 28 March 2024.

We welcome applications from individuals or groups up to 8.

Individual application for the award:

Individual application form

Group application for the award:

Group application form

Each applicant will need to be supported by a referee. Download the reference form.

How are the winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest will receive a financial award of up to £1,000 for individuals and up to £3,000 for groups.

Your entry will be assessed on the following:

  • The quality of your application
  • How much the experience will benefit you
  • The aims and merit of the project or activity
  • How the project or activity will benefit others and ICE
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The length of time spent overseas
  • The relevance of the project and activity to civil engineering

If you're selected for an award, you’ll need to send us a report of around 1,000 words on your experiences, within a month of returning from your trip.

Skye Carter received a QUEST Travel Award to fund her trip to Guatemala

Past winner

Skye Carter

Skye Carter was supported by her ICE QUEST Travel Award to visit Guatemala for four weeks to join Habitat for Humanities, working to improve homes to liveable standards and close the gap on the 1.96+ million homes housing deficit.

Skye spent her time in Central America building a house for a local family as part of a scheme to provide homes for low-income households. The work was physically intense, with no machinery on site apart from a small drill and saw, but the community and engineers on site were invested in collaborating and getting it right. 

Jamie Bradley received a QUEST Travel Award to fund his trip to Tanzania

Past winner

Jamie Bradley

Jamie Bradley, Tunnel Design Engineer, was supported by UnPS and his ICE QUEST Travel Award to visit Tanzania for 8 weeks to manage the final stage of constructing an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre for Raleigh International, a charity helping to deliver infrastructure in poor countries.

Jamie and the team's efforts provided a safe environment for boys and girls to learn and develop. There is now clean running water and a proper toilet block for the children to utilise. The children learn literacy and numeracy and eat a big helping of porridge before going out to water the orange, papaya and mango trees they planted on the school grounds with Jamie and his team.

Got a QUESTion?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Travel Award, then please let us know.