Bursaries for The Big Bang Competition

Would a bursary be the difference between your students taking part in The Big Bang Competition this year... and not?

Our new £500 bursaries are designed to support schools with young people from groups that are under-represented in engineering.

We want these bursaries to help schools overcome financial barriers to taking part in the UK's top science and engineering competition.

You get to decide how to spend the bursary. For example, you could use it to buy software or specialist equipment, or to pay for teacher cover.

Only teachers or other school representatives can apply for the bursary, and we can only approve one application per school. We can't accept applications from parents/carers or other groups or organisations.

Applications are now closed.

What can the funding go towards?

The bursary can be used flexibly, including for:

  • Teacher/technician cover
  • To overcome digital poverty through purchase of digital devices or data
  • Materials for project work (including consumables and equipment)
  • Hiring or buying specialist equipment to support activity, this could include software
Which schools are eligible?

The bursaries are available to schools who meet the EngineeringUK EDI Criteria, which take into account free school meal eligibility, the proportion of ethnic minority students, those with special educational needs and rural locations.

Schools that are currently taking part in The Big Bang Competition Mentoring Scheme will not be able to apply for a bursary this year. 

How to apply

Teachers can apply for a bursary by completing the form below.

If you are successful in your application, we will notify you by email and you will receive a payment form to complete.

As part of receiving the bursary, we will ask you to complete a short impact survey after taking part in the Competition.

These bursaries are funded by the EngineeringUK EDI Bursary Fund for schools. Current funders include The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, individual donors and core funding from EngineeringUK.

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