The Amy Johnson Scholarships

To celebrate the achievements of Amy Johnson, we are pleased to announce the Amy Johnson Scholarship. Women are currently under represented in Engineering, generally, and our aim is to redress this imbalance within ACSE.


  • £2,000 for candidates achieving A Level grades of AAA or above (equivalent performance in alternative qualifications will also be considered)
  • £1,000 for candidates achieving A Level grades of AAB (equivalent performance in alternative qualifications will also be considered)


To be eligible for this one off payment a female student must:

  • Commence your first year undergraduate studies in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in September 2020. 
  • Be from the UK or EU (not be classed as an international student for tuition fee purposes)

*This award is offered in addition to the Academic Achievement Scholarships

These scholarships, which aim to encourage more women into a career in Engineering, are named in recognition of Amy Johnson, who began her studies at the University of Sheffield at the age of 19. Her original ambition of becoming a teacher led her to follow a degree in Economics, however a clue to the ultimate direction her career was to take is provided by her regular voluntary attendance at Engineering evening classes. She was the first woman to attend Engineering classes at Sheffield and faced strong opposition from the Engineering Professor at that time.

Amy's interest in all things aeronautical led to her gaining her pilot's license in July 1929 and in 1930 she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia. But her first important achievement, after flying solo, was to qualify as the first British-trained woman ground engineer, the only woman in the world to do so at that time. Amy was determined to prove that women could be as competent as men in a hitherto male dominated field, and from 1935 to 1937 she was the President of the Women's Engineering Society, a professional learned society and networking body for women engineers, scientists and technologists.

The "Amy Johnson Building", housing the department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, was named after her. There is a specially commissioned model of her Gypsy Moth aircraft installed in the foyer of the building in honour of Amy. We would like our female undergraduates to aspire to be like Amy: technically excellent, enterprising, and having the courage of her convictions.

Amy Johnson