Apply for IMarEST’s Stanley Gray Fellowship

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) awards a number of Stanley Gray Fellowships every year to selected candidates judged to be of outstanding potential to enable a significant piece of work to be undertaken in an approved marine engineering/science/technology subject to Doctorate (PhD) or post-Doctorate level. 

The award is based upon a written submission and an interview conducted by a number of senior members of the Institute with expertise covering marine engineering, marine science and technology. Stanley Gray was the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the Port Directorate of Basra during the 1950s & 60s.

When he died in 1973, he left half his estate to be held by the Institute in trust to create the Stanley Gray Fund. He expressed the wish that the money should be awarded via a scholarship or prize to wherever the Institute saw distinction in Marine Engineering. This remit has been expanded following due process to include Marine Science and Technology.

The Stanley Gray Series of prestige lectures, launched in 2002, is held to mark his generosity to, and patronage of the Institute.


  • Applicants should normally have obtained a relevant engineering or scientific degree or equivalent
  • The topic of the proposed piece of research must be relevant within the fields of marine engineering, science & technology
  • The applicant must be a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology in an appropriate category of membership


  • Applications must provide details of the research subject, primary and secondary objectives, the scope of work, details of relevant experience.
  • A project plan, in the form of a Gantt Chart, from the applicant outlining when the studies or the research work are to be undertaken and key milestones during the period of study for the Doctorate (PhD) or post-Doctorate award should be included.
  • The application must include a testimonial from the sponsoring organization/university setting out the capabilities, skills and aptitude of the candidate and his/her ability to benefit from the course of study or research to be undertaken.
  • Any technical papers arising from the studies or research are to be offered first to the IMarEST for publication and/or presentation.
  • The winner of the award is allowed to use the title “IMarEST Scholar” and should, over the term of their tenure act as an ambassador, actively promoting the Fellowship and the work of the Institute including working with the IMarEST marketing and communications department.


£6000 (GBP) is available annually to support the Stanley Gray Fellowships.

Entries and Deadlines

Entries Opening Date: 1 March

Deadline: 30 September 

Shortlisting: Early October

Interviews: Mid October (specific date(s) TBC)

Application Process

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