The Carspring IMI Female Automotive Scholarship

Participate in a bi-annual scholarship worth £1000 open to any female student or apprentice aspiring to work in the automotive industry.

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About the scholarship

The Carspring IMI Female Automotive Scholarship is designed to foster the next generation of female talent, interested in joining the automotive industry. Successful applicants will benefit from both financial support and work experience. The programme, a collaboration between Carspring and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is designed to aid recipients with their higher education or professional training and gain valuable insights into this fast moving sector.

The financial element of the scholarship will be received as a bursary, with a one-off lump sum of £1000 for each successful applicant. Those who are successful will also be given a minimum of 2 weeks’ work experience in Carspring's London or Berlin office. Here they’ll be immersed in a dynamic company, shaking up the used car market.

Why is the scholarship only open to women?

With figures from showing that only 16% of those employed in the automotive sector are women, there are few industries with such a need for change. We want to do our bit to bring about a better balance. It’s not just about our belief in gender equality. It’s also because we know businesses that reflect their customers are more profitable, more successful and more able to adapt to ever-evolving consumer trends. Many of the key positions at Carspring - from Head of Marketing, to Head of Human Resources, to Head of Product - are held by women. The IMI have also been leading the charge to address gender bias within the industry. It has been their passion and enthusiasm for supporting female talent that inspired this scholarship.

Personal requirements

You can apply regardless of the discipline you’re working in. However, we do ask that all applicants have the following to be considered:

  • You are a female student or apprentice with a clear, unbridled passion for cars;
  • A demonstrable interest in working in the automotive sector;
  • 5 A*-C grades at GCSE;
  • A current or planned undertaking of a relevant Level 2, 3 or 4 Apprenticeship (advanced technician etc.);  
  • Or, a confirmed place at a UK university or college.

Award info

  • Application deadline: Round 1 - 31/08/2017
  • Contact provider for info:
  • Award type: Cash bursary
  • Award coverage: Varies
  • Award level: Level 2, 3 or 4 Apprenticeship, Bachelors, Masters, MPhil, PhD.
  • Subject area: All subjects
  • Number of awards: 2 per year

How do I apply?

You should apply with a CV, including two references. You are also required to include a covering letter of no more than one page of A4. This must demonstrate evidence of your greatest achievements to-date, your interest in pursuing a career in the automotive industry and summarise any existing sponsorships you may already have.

Finally, we ask you to write a 500-1000 word briefing document, on the subject of ‘The Future of Automotive Retail’. Here you should provide a summary of the most pertinent emerging trends within the industry. The quality and relevancy of this piece will be the key consideration in the selection of successful applicants.

Please send all of the above to, with the subject line 'Scholarship Application: Your Name'.

Who are we?

This scholarship is brought to you by Carspring and the IMI. 

Carspring is Europe’s first truly online used car dealership. We exist to make buying a used car as simple as it can possibly be. Street by street, driveway by driveway and garage by garage, we’re on a never-ending mission to enable mobility for the masses. In accomplishing this mission, we recognise that the future of our company will continue to be shaped by young and bright entrepreneurs, aspiring to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

The Insitute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is the professional association of individuals working in the motor industry. The Insitute is the Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail industry. It is the most authoritative source of industry information, standards and qualifications within the sector.