The Big Bang Competition Bursary Scheme

The Big Bang Competition is offering £500 bursaries to schools working with young people who are under-represented in the engineering profession. This is to help schools overcome barriers to participating in the Competition. 

What should funding go towards?

The bursary can be used very flexibly, including for: 



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. 


Application process

Teachers may apply for a bursary by completing The Big Bang Competition Bursary Scheme application form

There will be two bursary application deadlines: 

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

As part of receiving the bursary, we will ask you to complete a short impact survey after taking part in the programme. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

Applications must be made by schools rather than parents/guardians or other groups or organisations. Only one application per school can be approved.  


If you have any questions about the bursary process, please get in touch with the Competition team at


The EngineeringUK EDI Bursary Fund is funded by donations from a range of sources, all of which go to schools. Current funders include The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, individual donors and core funding from EngineeringUK.