Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship

Sir Ian Dixon was CIOB’s President from 1989 to 1990 and head of Willmott Dixon. He was an enthusiastic supporter of innovation and education within the industry. The scholarship was established in 1997. It is funded and supported by Sir Ian Dixon Legacy, The Chartered Institute of Building and The Worshipful Company of Constructors.

The Sir Ian Dixon scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for companies to develop the potential of their staff through a research programme.

Each successful scholar will be awarded £3,000 to carry out a research project that will benefit the scholar, their company and the industry. The scholars will continue to work full time during the scholarship year. Their company agrees to provide the scholar with a company mentor and also host a final presentation event. The subject of the research could relate to any area of construction management including forms of contract, processes on site, emerging trends or management practices.


The Application Process

  • The candidate contacts us with their CV and a brief report (approx. 500 words) as to why they have applied and details of their chosen research topic.  
  • At the beginning of the process, the candidate is invited for interview and gives a 10-15 minute PowerPoint presentation to a small panel of representatives from CIOB and the Worshipful Company.  This provides an opportunity for discussion, questions and comment.
  • Once selected, the candidate will then meet with experts every few months to receive support and mentoring, with a presentation, hosted by their company, to share their findings, at the end of the 12-month scholarship period. In addition, the scholar must also produce a report of 8,000-10,000 words, together with an abstract.


Countries available

  • UK only


A copy of the latest scholar's report can be obtained by emailing


Please note

Applications for the 2019/20 scholarships are now being accepted. Please follow the application instructions above.



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