Application Information


Airbus, the global leader in aeronautics, space and related services and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the international organization for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering, invite you to enter the fifth GEDC Airbus Award for Diversity in Engineering Education.

The award will be presented at the GEDC Conference, held in Niagara Falls, Canada from 10 to 13 October 2017. This award aims to shine a light on successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Together, Airbus and the GEDC want to recognize good practice around the world and inspire others to replicate successful initiatives in their own institutions. The long-term aim of the award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, and the wide-ranging work that engineers do.

The Award

In a change from previous editions, for the 2017 award we are looking for submissions for specific projects that have delivered tangible results in encouraging diversity in engineering education among students and/or graduates, rather than nominations for individuals working in the field.

The award will be given to the project which:

  1. Has had the most impact – relative to the resources available – to encourage more diverse students to study and succeed in engineering;
  2. Has led to a measurable increase in the diversity of the engineering student or graduate body;
  3. Has the potential to become a mechanism for ongoing and scalable change. A project which has not yet generated measurable results would not be eligible.

Based on The American Society for Engineering Education definition, diversity is the inclusion of individuals that represent variations in gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences resulting in an environment rich in intellectual variety and respect for the individual, and optimally suited to address the technological, business and societal needs of the future. Projects addressing any kind/s of diversity are welcome.

What is the Required Project Time Frame?

The project should have run for long enough to have provided measurable results. The project can be ongoing, but if it has already ended, some activity should have taken place in the 2016/17 academic year.

Who Can Apply?

  • Award entries can be made by individuals or teams working with or in an engineering faculty, or a school or college of engineering. Entries can come from outside academia, if the project has involved working in collaboration with an institution; however, students are not eligible to make award entries.
  • Where a team has worked on the project, one person should act as our main point of contact, and complete their details within the application as ‘Project Representative’. The application form provides space to mention additional team members working on the project. The Project Representative will be contacted to provide the supporting letter and referees if needed. If the entry is selected as one of three finalists the Project Representative will be invited to join the GEDC Conference to present to the Jury, and attend the Award Ceremony, or nominate a replacement to do so.
  • A Dean can be part of a project team mentioned in an application form, or can submit the application form as Project Representative on behalf of a team.
  • If a project is selected for the shortlist, a supporting letter will be requested from a Dean of engineering. See GEDC website/bylaw III for description of ‘Engineering Dean’. This information is not required until projects are shortlisted, however, entrants may choose to name a supporting Dean or institutional representative at the time of application. No preference will be given to candidates providing this information in advance. Note, if the Engineering Dean is part of the project team, or has submitted the application as Project Representative, we would like the supporting letter to come from a senior representative of the institution involved (e.g., Provost, President, Vice Chancellor or Rector). Entrants will have at least 2 weeks to provide the supporting letter. The same Dean or senior representative can support more than one project.
  • When completing the application form please keep in mind that the aim of the award is to recognize specific successful initiatives rather than a history or career of work in this field, however admirable.
  • Projects submitted for the award should not have been previously recognized at an international level.
  • If the project submitted for the award was part of a previous entry, the application form should state what is different in the 2017 entry. 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award finalists should wait at least one year before submitting an entry.

How to Enter?

  • Applications should be submitted by 12 noon GMT on Monday 10 July 2017 online at
  • If for any reason, you are not able to complete the online form, a word version can be obtained by emailing
  • Applications can include a maximum of 2 appendices containing no more than 4 pages of written text in font size 11 altogether (other formats, e.g. photo or video are also encouraged).
  • The appendices should provide supporting evidence for any claims within the application; please ensure that their relevance is clearly stated within the application form.
  • Brief resume details for the Project Representative should be included in the space allowed within the application form, rather than as an attachment.
  • Two referees should be included in the application form, who may be contacted if the project is shortlisted. The referees should include at least one person who can validate the material provided about the project and another who should be a character reference for the Project Representative.

Evaluation Criteria

We encourage potential entrants to review the application form to fully understand what the Award Committee is looking for. This includes:

  • Description of the initiative(s), including the origin, approach, implementation and stakeholder involvement.
  • Documented evidence of what was actually done.
  • Clear explanation of the roles of the Project Representative and any team members.
  • Impact of the project, relative to the resources available with qualitative and quantitative examples of how the impact has been measured.
  • Transferability, including how the project could be leveraged for greater scope or reach, or transferred for use in another environment.
  • Evidence of the potential to continue and develop the work further.

Previous Applications

To find out more about the shortlisted candidates, finalists, and the 2013/2014/2015/2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recipients, please visit

Selection Process and Recognition

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon GMT on Monday 10 July 2017.

  • Following the deadline, up to ten entries will be shortlisted by an Award Committee made up of representatives from Airbus and the GEDC from around the world based on the evaluation criteria mentioned above.
  • The Project Representative for each shortlisted project will be asked to provide a letter of support for the project, and referees may be contacted.
  • Three projects will be selected from the shortlist as finalists and the Project Representative (or a replacement nominated by them) will be invited to attend the GEDC Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, from 10 to 13 October 2017, as a guest of the GEDC and Airbus.
  • All entrants will be informed of the status of their application by 30 August 2017 and any additional preparation required prior to attending the conference will be communicated at that time. Arrangements for attending the conference in Canada will be initiated in August. All three finalist Project Representatives will be invited guests for the conference, with the related costs covered by the funding provided by Airbus. Other team members will be welcome to attend at their own cost.
  • At the conference, the projects will be presented by their representatives to a distinguished jury who will make the final selection.
  • During a gala evening celebrating diversity in engineering education at the conference, the winning project will be announced, with a prize of 10,000 USD going to the project team to support their work further. The two runner-up projects will receive 1,500 USD each to support further communication about the initiative.
  • The finalists may be asked to provide a very short video to help communicate their project (this is not part of the evaluation process and guidance on content and form can be provided if needed).
  • Following the award announcement, several visibility and dissemination activities will be arranged, with the participation and consent of all finalists, to share good practice and encourage other initiatives for diversity in engineering education.

Summary of Timing

  • Call for candidates will be open until 10 July 2017.
  • All candidates to be informed of their status by 30 August 2017.
  • Presentations, Q&A with the Jury and the Award Ceremony will take place at the GEDC Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, between 10 and 13 October 2017.
  • Completed application forms and all supporting material must be received by the organizers, either via the application platform or via email to by 12 noon GMT on 10 July 2017. A confirmation email of receipt will be sent.
  • Contact with any questions, we endeavour to respond in less than 24 hours.