Many Faculty of Engineering alumni and supporters have generously donated to scholarships and bursaries at the College over the years, but now our alumni are able to direct a gift specifically to the Faculty through the Dean's Fund.

In order to educate the engineers of the future to the highest standard, we need continued investment in the Faculty. Unrestricted gifts to the Dean’s Fund allow the Faculty the flexibility to meet its most pressing needs as they arise.

These funds make the greatest impact by supporting areas such as:

Student support - scholarships, bursaries and living costs, travel costs for conferences and field trips, unexpected hardship, entrepreneurship and innovation, etc.

Academic excellence - academic posts, frontier research support, prototyping costs, conferences and travel costs, business plan development, etc.

Infrastructure - renovations to existing labs, equipment refurbishment or purchase, unexpected space allocation opportunities.

These funds allow the Dean or Head of Department to say 'yes' in an environment of shrinking government support and flat research funding. Your support can help make the difference between top tier and the best.

Give to the Dean's Fund online

Funding priorities

Unrestricted support

Dean's Fund
Heads of Department Fund

Student support

Endowed PhD scholarships
Bursary / Cost of living
Hardship Funds
Conferences/ UROP

Academic support

Endowed Academic posts
Frontier Research
Conferences / Prof Development

Infrastructure support

New buildings/ Facilities


Find out more about our research in the Faculty

Other ways to give

Support a department


The Department has recently played a central role in UK-wide developments in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, with the creation of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Mechanics and establishment of the National Wind Tunnel Facility. Our new £1.25 million arena for flying the next generation of aerial robotcs will be constructed soon and support research activities across the Department, while a new MEng has also been introduced.

Make a gift to Aeronautics


The Department leads the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing frontiers of our knowledge across biomedical engineering, biological engineering and biomimetics. We're committed to building on this success expanding both our basic and applied bioengineering research, and providing excellent training through our popular undergraduate, MSc, MRes, MD(Res) and PhD programmes.

Make a gift to Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering

One of the oldest and largest chemical engineering departments in the world, we strive to improve the student experience by enhancing our space, exploring growth areas and providing opportunities for students to use world class facilities.

Make a gift to Chemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

As a department we nurture and develop the next generation of globally recognised engineers and researchers and explore opportunities for discovery and engagement. Our goal is to advance the very basic science at the core of civil engineering and its sub-disciplines, including growing research activity in sustainable infrastructure, urban systems engineering, renewable energy and shale gas.

Make a gift to Civil and Environmental Engineering


Focused on devising innovative, correct and optimal solutions to hard problems, we hope to strengthen our work in emerging application areas in computing science, including security, healthcare and urban systems engineering. We invest in improving our student spaces and supporting student activity, and focus on outreach initiatives to inspire future generations.

Make a gift to Computing

Design Engineering

Established in 2014, the Dyson School of Design Engineering has a fast growing population of staff and students. Innovation lies at the heart of what we do, as we pull together the latest breakthroughs in design, engineering, science and technology and showcase our work to the world through community networks, media and regular high tech exhibitions and technology events.

Make a gift to Design Engineering

Earth Science and Engineering

In pursuit of understanding how our planet works, from core to crust to atmosphere, we are a proactive department with consistently high rankings for our teaching and research. We pride ourselves on our high levels of student satisfaction which we hope to sustain and improve.

Make a gift to Earth Science and Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

We embrace the challenge of designing technologies that make things faster, better, cheaper, and more sustainable, and educate the next generation of highly valued engineers. From lectures and laboratory classes to self-led learning and industrial placements, we provide a supportive environment for all our students.

Make a gift to Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Our vision is to maintain and grow a creative and supportive environment where research students receive first-class training, postdoctoral researchers develop independence and all staff realise their full research potential.

Make a gift to Materials

Mechanical Engineering

We have a distinguished tradition of excellence in teaching, research and practice, bringing together internationally leading staff, exceptional students and state-of-the-art facilities. This exciting and exacting environment offers more than 500 high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students the facilities, resources and motivation they need to reach their full potential.

Make a gift to Mechanical Engineering

Support a scholarship

Named scholarships Scholarships

With only one in a hundred Imperial students receiving a scholarship from the College, there has never been a time when the need for philanthropic support for scholarships has been greater.

Imperial awards scholarships to the most academically able young people - those with the potential to make the most of the opportunities we offer and the ambition to forge a successful career in research, industry or business.

We offer two kinds of scholarships. Full scholarships provide tuition fees and a grant for living costs. Maintenance scholarships cover living costs only.

We offer scholarships at undergraduate and doctoral level, and for home and overseas students. All scholarships are offered for the duration of the recipient’s chosen course - usually three or four years.

An increasing proportion of the scholarships we offer are funded through philanthropic support from individuals, alumni and businesses.

The life-changing impact of scholarships

A scholarship offers young people financial freedom - allowing them to fulfil their academic potential, to explore the cultural and social opportunities around them, and to establish a firm foundation for a successful career.

  • For some students, a scholarship offers them the freedom to focus fully on their studies, without needing to take on part-time work during term.
  • For others, a scholarship makes it possible to take on an otherwise unaffordable work placement in London during vacation.
  • For students undertaking doctoral study, a scholarship gives them the freedom to pursue the research that inspires them, without need to compromise their focus in order to fund their course of study.

A scholarship is a significant investment in a young person’s future; its benefits last a lifetime.

Why we are prioritising scholarships

We want the brightest young people to choose to study at Imperial – and to be able to afford to do so. Scholarships play an important role in realising this aim.

Offering financial support in the form of a scholarship helps us to attract the most promising prospective students and young researchers - who might otherwise consider accepting a place at other leading universities.

The offer of a scholarship can also make study at Imperial possible for young people from lower-income families, for overseas students, and for doctoral students whose background or research interests make them ineligible for other funding.

Over the last few years, we've made real progress in increasing the number of scholarships that we're able to offer. But there is a long way to go. Today we are able to offer a scholarship to barely one in a hundred undergraduates. The need for PhD scholarships is even greater.

Recognition and thanks

We are delighted to be able to name scholarships in recognition of the donor - whether that is an individual, a group of alumni or a company. Donors may also choose to name a scholarship in memory or honour of an alumnus or faculty member.

Many donors enjoy making a personal connection with the recipients of their scholarship, and there are opportunities to meet scholars throughout their course, in addition to regular written progress reports. We know that scholars also value this opportunity to say thank you in person, and to share their experience of life at Imperial and their plans for the future.

To discuss gifting a scholarship

To learn more about named scholarships at Imperial, please get in touch.

Give in your will

Leaving a gift in your will is simple and we’re here to help.

Find out more about leaving a gift in your will

Engage your company

We partner with companies of all sizes to advance scholarship, support students, and foster innovative collaborations. The Corporate Partnerships team can work with you to explore a tailored approach to partnering with the University.

Corporate Partnerships team

Dr Rebeca Santamaria-Fernandez

Director of Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation
+44 (0)20 7594 8599