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The International Centre for Brewing & Distilling

A unique teaching & research facility meeting the needs of the brewing, distilling & malting industries worldwide

Scholarships and Prizes

Four Prizes/Scholarships are currently available at the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling:

 

The Diageo Development Awards

Diageo is committed to the future of the brewing and distilling industry and has created an awards programme to support personal and professional development activities that will better prepare ICBD students for employment in the distilling, brewing, malting and related sectors after graduation.

Award

Awards may be awarded up to a maximum of £1,000 and a minimum of £250.

Eligibility

The Awards are open to applications from 2nd, 3rd and 4th undergraduates studying for a BSc /BSc (Hons) in Brewing & Distilling at ICBD, MSc students studying at ICBD and PhD students in ICBD.

Criteria

Successful candidates will be selected on the strength of the case made in their application’s supporting statement (approximately 500 words) that the proposed activity to be undertaken will enhance their career prospects.

Examples of activities that may be supported include attending and/or presenting at high profile conferences, international field and laboratory work, facilitating industrial internships with strong career prospects, and other initiatives that are in the spirit of pursuing a strong career.

Applying

Eligible applicants should complete the application form found here and submit it by email to d.l.maskell@hw.ac.uk

There is no deadline and applications will be treated on a first come first served basis.

Notification of Award

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of receipt of application.

 

For further information please contact D.L.Maskell@hw.ac.uk

 

 


 

The Brewers’ Company Scholarship for Brewing Excellence

Established in 1438, The Brewers’ Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London and has remained close to its trade. The Company is actively involved in supporting the brewing industry and education in brewing, supporting ICBD for many years.

The Scholarship for Brewing Excellence aims to support one MSc student who submits the most innovative brewing-related proposal for their 3-month research project. The project’s outcomes must have the potential to have a tangible impact on the brewing industry.

Award

The scholarship of £1,000 is tenable for the duration of the programme of study. Funding is encouraged to be used on any elements of the 3-month project that requires financial support.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to applications from MSc students studying at ICBD who are about to undertake their 3-month research project.

Criteria

The scholarship is competitive and awarded on the basis of the strength of the case made in the applicant’s project summary (approximately 500 words) that the proposed research project is innovative and has the capacity to make a positive impact on the brewing industry. Semester one marks will also be taken into consideration.

Applying

Eligible applicants should complete the application form found here and submit it by email to d.l.maskell@hw.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is February 3rd 2017.

Notification of Award

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in late February 2017.

 

For further information please contact D.L.Maskell@hw.ac.uk

 


 

Dr Chris Greig Prize for Distilling Excellence

Dr Chris Greig was Chief Executive of Invergordon Distillers Limited and played a crucial role in the establishment of the ICBD.

Chris believed that “the future for whisky lies not in its spectacular volume but in its quality” and this prize has been generously supported by his family as part of his legacy to ICBD.

The prize is awarded to the top performing Scottish MSc student on the Distilling and Maturation element of the MSc in Brewing & Distilling.

Award

The prize award total is £2,000.

Eligibility

The prize is open to all Scottish students studying their MSc in Brewing & Distilling at ICBD.

Criteria

The prize is awarded to the Scottish student with the best results in the Distilling and Maturation element of the MSc in Brewing & Distilling.

Notification of Award

Award Winners will be notified of the outcome in May 2017.

 

For further information please contact j.h.bryce@hw.ac.uk

 

 


 

 

The Worshipful Company of Coopers of London and the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow Scholarships for MSc Projects

The Worshipful Company of Coopers of London dates back to the 11th Century. The modern Company has evolved into a social and charitable enterprise that retains a focus on the ancient craft of cask making whilst working to further education and opportunities for young people.

The Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow charts its history back to 1569. Today, the Incorporation maintains its interest in the art of cooperage whilst supporting the advancement of education and young people.

The two groups have come together to offer scholarships to support two MSc students at Heriot-Watt University undertaking projects with a focus on cooperage. The Scholarships will be awarded to the recipients who submit the most appropriate project proposal in response to one of the abstracts below:

  1. 1.Measuring evaporation through wood
    During maturation, casks in Scotland lose approximately 2% of the volume of ethanol every year. However, this is an average value and the rate of loss varies widely between different casks.  Cask size is an important factor but there is also substantial variation in losses for the same size of casks. Part of this variation is due to flaws in the makeup of the cask or wood giving rise to liquid leaks, but these do not always explain the difference in losses between casks. The development of a reliable method for measuring the rate at which ethanol evaporates through wood could help explain the difference in losses between casks and advance our understanding of losses during maturation.
  1. 2.Spirit penetration into wood during maturation
    This is a key step in the maturation of whisky. For the maturing spirit to extract colour and wood components, free liquid must penetrate within the wood to allow diffusion out into the body of the liquid.  When used staves are cut across there is often a visible “tide” mark that is thought to demarcate the limit of spirit penetration. This limit has been found to vary widely between and within staves and little is known about the factors that govern penetration into the wood. There has been no comprehensive study of the factors that influence spirit penetration and this project aims to redress this, focusing on two that are thought to have a significant impact: alcohol strength and wood growth rate (Singleton, 1995).
    Singleton, V. L. (1995). "Maturation of Wines and Spirits:  Comparisons, Facts and Hypotheses." American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 46(1): 98-115.

Award
Each scholarship is worth £1,500 and tenable for the duration of the programme of study. In addition, £500 will be held by the recipient’s supervisor in ICBD to cover consumables in relation to the recipient's studies, research and employability opportunities. The recipients will also be given access to the expertise and knowledge of the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and the support of the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt.

Eligibility
The scholarship is open to applications from MSc students studying at ICBD who are about to undertake their 3-month research project.

Criteria
The scholarships are competitive and awarded on the strength of the applicant’s project proposal (approximately 500 words), semester one marks and an interview performance. Two scholarships will be awarded, one for each project.
Applicants may submit project proposals in relation to one or both abstracts for consideration.

Applying

Eligible applicants should complete the application form found here and submit it by email to d.l.maskell@hw.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 3rd February 2017.

Notification of Award

Applicants will be notified of the outcome at the end of February 2017.

For further information please contact D.L.Maskell@hw.ac.uk