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Our Scholarship Programme

At NIE Networks, we believe in establishing strong links between academia and industry. We partner with Queen’s University Belfast to offer a scholarship programme for students studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) or Software and Electronic Systems Engineering (SESE). The programme offers financial support, mentoring and invaluable experience within the power industry.

We are looking for high performing people who can demonstrate drive and determination, and are passionate about working in the power industry.

What are the minimum criteria for becoming an NIE Networks' scholar?

Firstly well done on successfully securing your university spot on either the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) or Software and Electronic Systems Engineering (SESE)

To be considered for a scholarship with NIE Networks you should be:

  • 1st or 2nd year MENG, or 1st year BENG student at Queens University Belfast
  • Studying either Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) or Software and Electronic Systems Engineering (SESE)
  • Prepared to complete a mandatory year in industry
  • Have the right to work in the UK legally

What are the financial rewards and benefits of being a scholar with NIE Networks?

Benefits of the programme include:

  • A bursary of £2,750 per annum towards tuition fees
  • A book allowance £250 per annum
  • Paid summer placements throughout the duration of your studies (10 weeks each summer)
  • One year paid industrial experience at an attractive salary (£18k plus)
  • Access to a company mentor
  • Free IET student membership
  • Following graduation you will be able to apply for the Fast Track Graduate Engineer Programme

What will the future hold for me once the Scholarship programme is complete?

In your final year of university, you can apply for our graduate programme with the view to starting around September after you graduate.

Once you have completed our graduate programme you can, subject to performance and depending upon ability, progress through the company and apply for appropriate positions as and when they become available.

If you have the drive, skills and enthusiasm there are no limits – some of our top managers and directors started with us as graduates!

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  • How long is the programme?

    You will be sponsored for the duration of your studies until you graduate.

  • Where will I be based?

    We are a Northern Ireland (NI) based company with offices and sites across NI.  Each summer and year out placement will vary to allow you the greatest development and exposure to different areas of the business, therefore you should be prepared to travel.

    You will also complete onsite placements and these could potentially be in various locations throughout Northern Ireland.

    To support your training and development it’s essential you can work at any location across Northern Ireland.

  • How many jobs will there be?

    Numbers vary from year to year and will be determined through business requirements and how many individuals reach the appropriate level. 

  • How does the current selection process operate?

    The selection process includes the following key stages:

    Online Application

    Applicants should spend adequate time completing the application providing specific examples that demonstrate how you meet each criteria.  This is the first impression the company gets of you and you want it to be the right one!


    Competency based interviewing assesses future performance based on past behaviour. It can give valuable insights into an individual's preferred style of working and help predict behaviour in future situations.

    Questions will be asked to draw information required to support the key competencies of the role.  Questions may be worded in the format of “Can you give me an example when…?” or “Tell me about a time when you…”

    Responses should be structured to describe a situation or task, the action you took and the end result.

    You may also be provided with a few scenario based questions to see how you would respond in certain situations; often this is as much about your approach and thought process, rather than necessarily getting the “right” answer.

    Find tips and advice on interview preparation to help you achieve interview success.

  • When does the selection process open each year?

    The campaign usually opens near the end of September, start of October each year.  As this is currently only open to Queens University Students, the university will make the students aware of scholarship opportunities, and representatives from NIE Networks will present to students and be there to answer any questions students may have.

  • Do I have to be able to drive?

    As we are NI based it is a requirement that you have a full driving license and access to a vehicle by the time you start your first summer placement (early June).

Careers Booklet

For more infomation about careers at NIE Networks download our Careers Booklet below:

Careers Booklet