Driving the Electric Revolution Undergraduate Award

The Driving the Electric Revolution Undergraduate Award supports foundation year and first year (second year for Scottish universities) EEE degree course students at UKESF partner universities, who have an interest in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD).

PEMD are technologies that enable the control and delivery of electrical energy. These technology sectors are growing fast as they are vital in allowing the world to reach net zero. PEMD technologies are used across many sectors including transportation, energy generation and distribution, industrial machines and robotics.

The Award is run by the UKESF in partnership with the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI creates knowledge with impact by investing over £8bn a year in research and innovation through the UK’s nine leading funding councils.

We will be aiming for gender parity when selecting students to receive the Award.

Keep reading to find out more, or take a look at the Award flyer.

What you get

  • A one-off bursary of £1,000
  • A paid summer work placement (min. 6 weeks) with an employer in the PEMD sector at the end of the current year of study
  • Opportunities to learn more about PEMD, for instance by attending events such as the Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) Annual Conference
  • Female Award holders will also receive paid-for student membership of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) for the duration of their degree course

Driving the Electric Revolution Award Eligibility

You must:

  • Be a UK National
  • Have started an Electronics, or related Engineering, undergraduate course (UCAS codes H6XX) in 2021/2022 (second year for Scottish universities), OR be studying on a foundation degree course with the intention of pursuing study in Electronics or Electrical Engineering
  • Be studying at one of the UKESF’s partner universities
  • Have an expressed interest in PEMD

What happens when

  • The application window is January to February 2022
  • Interviews will take place during April 2022
  • Successful candidates will be notified during May 2022
  • Bursaries will be paid in Summer 2022
  • Work placements are arranged for summer 2022

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.


Please note that recipients of the Driving the Electric Revolution Undergraduate Award are not eligible for UKESF Scholarships during their first year of study, but may apply for a Scholarship for the second year onwards as long as they meet all of the eligibility criteria.