Competitions and awards

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

IFST 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.


Apply now to participate in the international student challenge event at IFT18, Chicago, IL, USA, 15-18 July 2018.

After the success of the IFT’s Student Association Global Challenge in 2017 - when two University of Reading students were sponsored by IFST to attended IFT17 in Las Vegas - we are offering the opportunity for two more IFST student members to take part in 2018!

IFT’s Student Association, IFTSA, is again organising the event bringing together students from around the world to participate in a brand new ‘global challenge’ event*.  We are offering up to two IFST student places including:

  • Free accommodation for 4 nights in Chicago
  • Free access to IFT18 in Chicago (15-18 July)
  • Free travel provided by IFT
  • Participation in the Global Challenge event as outlined.

View more (entry has closed for 2018)


IFST travel bursaries aim to support attendance at conferences/meetings for activities related to all areas of food 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, as well as 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 2017 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 second or third 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.

Deadline for applications: 10 May 2018

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Young Scientist Competitions

England, Scotland and Wales

The Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate/postgraduate students (UK) and recent graduates, the opportunity to present current/recently completed food-related project in front of peers and to a panel of food professionals.    

The competition is a great opportunity to network with fellow students from various universities and professionals working in the food industry.  You will also learn more about IFST and the benefits of being a member. The winner will receive £250 + 1 years membeship to IFST and SCI.  Each student making a presentation will be awarded £25

Deadline for entries: 9 April 2018 (Manchester) and 18 April 2018 (London)

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Northern Ireland

IFST's Northern Ireland's Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate (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. Only one submission per person is permitted.  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.

Deadline for entries: 24 April 2018

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