Competitions and Awards

Taking part in competitions is a fantastic way to enhance your CV, network with food professionals and make connections across the sector.

We offer national and regional opportunities for students. Deadlines are staggered throughout the year so be sure to check back regularly for up-to-date information.

IFST Travel Bursary

We provide travel bursaries to support attendance at conferences/meetings for activities related to all areas of food science. We offer bursaries of up to £500 to students interested in attending food sector events around the world. Recent bursaries have funded trips to New Zealand and Rhode Island, USA.

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IFST University Food Challenge

In February 2019, IFST student group will host the first ever IFST University Food Challenge competition. This competition will pit teams of undergraduate students against one another in a food science trivia contest to crown a 2019 Challenge champion. Undergraduate students from any food related course are invited to participate. The competition will cover a wide variety of food-related topics including food safety, food law, manufacture, nutrition and sensory science.

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Ecotrophelia is an EU-wide Dragons' Den style competition rewarding student teams who have developed the best eco-innovative food products. The UK competition is organised jointly by IFST and Campden BRI and is open to teams of students from UK universities. Teams will pitch to our "dragons" for a share of a prize fund worth over £3500 and a year of free IFST membership. The winners of the UK competition will have the opportunity to go forward to the European competition for a chance to win up to 8000 euros.

Visit the Ecotrophelia website

Find out more about the winners and runners up of the UK 2018 competition

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship

You could gain a unique insight into the inner workings of the Parliamentary Offices of Science and Technology (POST) as part of a three month placement open to final year PhD students. You will gain experience of working in the Commons or Lords researching and writing briefing material for MPs and Peers on a scientific subject, usually in the form of one of POST’s well-known POSTnotes.

The competition is now closed.

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Young Scientist Competitions

England, Scotland and Wales

The Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate/postgraduate students based in the UK the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals.  This year the competition was hosted in the following IFST regions: Scotland, North of England and South East. 

It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about IFST and the benefits of being a member and of course a great opportunity to network with fellow students and people who are working in the food industry. The winner receives £250 + 1 years membership to IFST and SCI. Each student making a presentation is awarded £25.

The competition is closed for 2018.

Young Scientist Competition 2018 - North of England Results

Young Scientist Competition 2018 - South East Results

Young Scientist Competition 2018 - Scotland Results

Northern Ireland

IFST's Northern Ireland's Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduates based in the UK the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals.

The competition is open to any undergraduate student (full or part-time) studying for a food degree at CAFRE, UU, QUB or the Open University. All students who are shortlisted will receive a certificate and a complimentary 1 year student membership of IFST. In addition there will be a 1st prize of £1000 and a second prize of £500.

This competition is closed for 2018.

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Young Scientist Competition 2018 - Northern Ireland Results