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 Bursaries

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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Closing date for Winter Bursary applications: 31 May 2020

IFST University Food Challenge

In February 2019, IFST Student Group hosted the first ever IFST University Food Challenge competition. This event saw teams of undergraduate students compete in a food science trivia contest to be crowned 2019 Challenge champions. 

This competition is now closed


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 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 have an opportunity to compete in 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 2019 competition

This competition is now open. Please visit our UK Ecotrophelia website for more details on how to enter. 

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.

This competition is now closed


IFST Young Scientist Competition

The Young Scientist Competition is an annual competition offering undergraduate and postgraduate students based in the UK the opportunity to present their current or recently completed food-related project (e.g. food science, food technology, human nutrition as well as other areas that help understand food) in front of an audience and to a panel of food professionals. In addition to the regional rounds, this year we hosted a national final to crown the IFST Young Scientist of the Year. 

The competition is now closed

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Science Communication Competition

Are you passionate about the biggest challenges we face? Do you want the opportunity to communicate your passion for science to the wider community? Do you have a flair for science writing?

This inaugural Science Communication Competition provides undergraduate and postgraduate students based in the UK with an opportunity to write about the theme of this year’s IFST Spring Conference to develop their skills for science communication. 

The winner of the competition will receive £100, 1-year IFST membership and an opportunity to publish the winning article in IFST’s Food Science and Technology Magazine.

This competition is now closed