Every year, the James Dyson Foundation – Dyson's charitable arm – donates more than £300,000 in bursaries to engineering students at universities across the world.
Undergraduate bursaries help young design engineers fund the prototyping and development of their final year projects. Postgraduate scholarships support tuition fees and maintenance – so that the recipients can focus on their engineering research.
These bursaries help young people realise their engineering potential. But they also give students a window into the world of Dyson, through which they can gain an understanding of not just what it takes to conceive a new idea, but how to develop it into a commercially viable product.
Some of the graduates we help like what they see so much, they decide to join Dyson...
Hannah Jenkins, design engineer
"I used the JDF bursary to help develop my end of year project – a handheld, portable medical camera for taking images of the retina. It helps diagnose diseases like diabetes in a more affordable way so people can have check–ups more often. I collaborated with the university physics department on the project, and they're still continuing the research."
"I applied to Dyson because I wanted a job where I could experience the full design process, from concept through to final manufacture. And of course, I wanted space to use my own creativity. Dyson was the only place that ticked all of those boxes – and it's living up to expectations."
Tom Duvall, design engineer
"I always wanted to work for Dyson. Other companies impose limitations on their design engineers, but Dyson has a great reputation for giving them freedom to pursue their own ideas, and that's exactly what I wanted."
"I actually tailored my entire final year project at Loughborough Design School to increase my chances of getting a job at Dyson. I even gave my idea a Dyson–style name: 'SC01'. It's a handheld cleaner with an oscillating sponge, so it can break up dirt and wipe surfaces clean at the same time. SC01 also has a UV docking station to kill 99.99% of bacteria, replacing unhygienic cloths which are breeding grounds for germs."