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 2019 Challenge champions. 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

The Young Scientist Competition is an annual competition offering undergraduate/postgraduate students based in the UK the opportunity to present their current/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 there will be a national final (TBC) to crown the “Young Scientist” at the end of June.

Winners from each regional will receive £250 + 1-year membership to IFST.

Entries to the competition will open in Spring 2019.

For more information, please contact Kiu Sum, Education and Careers Coordinator at