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.

Student Resources Competition

Are you a creative student looking to help teach and promote food science to the younger generation? Considering a career teaching science? Know of an interesting experiment or demonstration that would interest secondary school students (11-16) while they are stuck at home?

The inaugural Student Resources Competition gives you the opportunity to inspire and teach the next generation of food scientists by producing a video/worksheet/experiment card/poster either explaining a demonstration or running through an experiment that covers an area of food science. This is an opportunity to be creative and to also impart some of your food science knowledge onto the younger generation!

This competition is now closed, please consider applying next year!

Find out more here 

IFST Travel Bursaries

We provide travel bursaries to support attendance at conferences/meetings for activities related to all areas of food science and technology.  Whether you want to attend an exhibition or conference but can’t afford the travel or ticket, we will provide funding for you to attend! 

Find out more and apply today!

IFST University Food Challenge

IFST's Student Group are bringing back the University Food Challenge in April. This is a chance for students from food-related courses to compete against each other in a food science trivia contest and be crowned an IFST University Food Challenge Champion! 

Teams of four shall compete, they can be made up of Undergraduates, with the addition of one master's student and one PhD student. But you cannot enter a team full of PhD students or Masters students. Only one team per university may enter. Preliminaries were held virtually on the 23 or 24 March 2020. 

If you have any queries, please contact Rob Jones (Education and Careers Coordinator) at

This competition is now closed, please consider applying next year!


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 2020 competition

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

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship

Are you a bright and enthusiastic PhD student working in a food-related area? Do you have an interest in communicating scientific research? Would you like the opportunity to work within parliament?

If so, this opportunity is for you. 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.

Click here for application process and information.

Please send your applications to info@ifst.orgThis deadline for this competition has now been extended until 31 August 2020 at 16:00. 

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.

Find out more


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 open, please submit your article by 30 July 2021. Find out more information here.