GEDC Airbus Diversity Award Inspiring diversity in engineering

The GEDC Airbus Diversity 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. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. For this fifth anniversary edition, the award has been placed under UNESCO patronage.

2017 Award

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Applications are now open for projects that have delivered tangible results in encouraging diversity in engineering education among students and/or graduates. 

A nominated project representative must submit their applications by 10 July 2017, for the chance to present their work to a distinguished international jury and the audience at the GEDC conference in Niagara Falls, Canada between October 11-13. The project will be awarded 10,000USD, with two running-up receiving 1,500USD each to support the communication of their work.

About the Award

The long term goal of the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth.

The GEDC Airbus Diversity 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.

What is the Global Engineering Deans Council?

Airbus is a corporate member of the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council). This is a leading global organisation whose members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities. 

What Do We Mean by Diversity?

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.

Who Can Apply?

We’re looking for projects that have made a measurable difference in increasing inclusion and diversity amongst engineering students. Entries can be made online by any individual or team working with or in an engineering college/faculty, whose project has demonstrated tangible results in bringing more diversity among engineering students and/or graduates. Students are not eligible for this award.

Shortlisted projects will need a Dean of Engineering to support their application.

What Does The Award Recipient Receive?

Three successful finalists will be invited to attend the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, from the 11th -13th October 2017. The recipient of the 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award will receive 10,000USD to help further develop their project and the two runners up will each receive 1,500USD to support the promotion of their project.

Apply now

Have you or your team started an initiative to make engineering schools more diverse and inclusive? If you’re closely involved with a project that’s been successful in increasing representation of all types of diverse people within your institution, then we want to celebrate your achievements and share your work with the world.

Your application

To apply for the 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, you need to:

  • Access the online application system
  • Make sure that your project meets all the criteria for the Award
  • Complete the online application by 12 Midday GMT on Monday 10 July 2017
  • Remember to include all supporting materials within your application


  • Application Information can be found here
  • Terms & Conditions can be found here

Want to know more? If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please email

Evaluation and Criteria

Before submitting your online application for the 2017 Award, here’s where you can find out more about the criteria, process and timeline for candidates.

Evaluation Process

  • Candidates are invited to submit their applications online before 12 Midday GMT on Monday 10 July 2017.
  • After all applications are received, the judging panel will select up to 8 shortlisted candidates. The shortlist will be announced in August 2017. At this stage, and all shortlisted candidates will be required to have their selection formally supported by a Dean of Engineering.
  • Eight candidates will be shortlisted for the 2017 Award. Three finalists will be selected to present their projects to a distinguished jury and the audience at the GEDC Conference, to be held in Niagara Falls, Canada from October 11 - 13.  The finalists will be celebrated at the event as part of a gala evening celebrating diversity in engineering education.

Evaluation Criteria

The Award Committee will be looking for projects that have made an impact with their work with the resources available, that can provide evidence of generating results and show the potential to be replicated elsewhere, or developed on a bigger scale.

We encourage applicants 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 candidate’s/team’s contribution to the initiative and role throughout the project.
  • Impact of the initiative, relative to the resources available to the candidate, with qualitative and quantitative examples of how the impact has been measured.
  • Transferability, including how the initiative(s) 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.

Timeline for the 2017 Award

  • Call for applications to 12 Midday GMT on Monday 10 July 2017
  • Shortlisted candidates announced: August 2017
  • Finalists announced: September 2017
  • Award Ceremony at the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, 11-13 October 2017

Inspiring Initiatives

Get inspired by our previous Award recipients and finalists

& Find out more about their work

Fadi Aloul, 2015 Diversity Award Recipient, Adelaide, Australia

"Diversity and inclusion are real business assets; they boost the innovation mind-set that we need to develop the future of aviation. We want to inspire the next generation to take up engineering.” - Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and member of the Award Jury

“The growing demand for engineers worldwide means we must attract more talented young people to the industry. Our finalists demonstrate remarkable commitment in creating initiatives that made a real difference in attracting a more diverse group of students to study and complete engineering degrees.” - John Beynon, Immediate Past-Chair of the GEDC and Dean of Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia 

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award in the media

Morgan’s Yacob Astatke Recognized for International Achievements in Engineering Education

Congratulations to Morgan State University’s Yacob Astatke, D.Eng., for being selected as the 2016 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recipient by aeronautics firm Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Dr. Astatke, the interim associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Clarence Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, was chosen from among 40 candidates from 17 countries for his work in engineering education and, specifically, his efforts to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa.

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Marita Cheng at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk

Marita Cheng, 2014 Award Recipient spoke at the world’s first in-flight Tech Talk, from Sydney to San Francisco. Marita is the founder of Robogals Global, which inspires girls aged 10-14 to choose engineering and technical careers.

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Renetta Tull at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, India

Renetta Tull, 2015 shortlist candidate took the stage for GEDC and Airbus in India, focusing on diversity in engineering at the Third International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education, January 2016 in Pune, India. 

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