1851 Royal Commission Scholarship Essay

The IET Great  Exhibition Scholarships by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851


Scholarships offered in 2018

10 scholarships of £1,500 per year


Organisation type

Charitable Foundation


Organisation Name

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851






The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was appointed in 1850 with Prince Albert as President to organise the first world trade fair: The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, the ‘Great Exhibition’. In just sixteen months a site was chosen in Hyde Park, the iconic Crystal Palace (the largest covered structure on earth at that time) was designed, manufactured and erected and 100,000 exhibits assembled so that the Great Exhibition opened on time on 1 May 1851. It was visited by 6 million people and made a substantial profit so the Commission was established in perpetuity to manage these funds to extend the influence of art and science on productive industry.

Today the Commission awards Fellowships and Scholarships for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design and supports other awards including IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and RAEng Enterprise Fellowships.


As a Diamond Jubilee Scholar funded by the organisation, what are the benefits/opportunities

Scholarship funding via the IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme of £1,500 per year for up to 4 years and all the additional benefits provided by the IET.

Year Three: Invitation to an event hosted by Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Published on 10/10/2016 

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship to be held at the Institute.

1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year. The awards are for a duration of up to three years, subject to annual review.

Candidates must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience) or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed. The research should be carried out at a different Institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken.

In the first instance applicants should make contact with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of hosting the fellowship within the Institute.

The ultimate submission deadline is 15 February 2018, however we ask that applicants make contact with us at least two weeks before this.




Page last updated: 16 January 2018 at 16:13

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge


Up to £34,000, see scheme notes for further details.

Starting Date: 


Application Deadline Date: 

1 February 2018

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