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Beneficiary criteria

Please ensure you read this information and our application advice section before making an application


All applications for gifts, grants and loans from the Chemical Engineers Benevolent fund must be made by the person who is or has followed the profession of chemical engineer or one of their dependents. Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world and are not dependant upon membership of any particular professional institution although such membership assists with the initial screening process.


The Chemical Engineers Benevolent Fund was set up exclusively to support chemical engineers and cannot support scientists or engineers who have not practiced chemical engineering. The simplest method of meeting the criteria is to demonstrate membership of a relevant professional institution, e.g. Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), at a recognised grade or the submission of a recognised chemical engineering degree certificate. Alternatively, references from a recognised employer or academic institution may suffice. Please note that it is not automatically assumed that working in a process or chemical engineering environment qualifies an applicant as a chemical engineer. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are/were actively engaged in chemical engineering.


Where an application is made by a dependent, evidence will be required to prove that the individual on whom the application is based is or was a chemical engineer using the criteria noted above. Dependents are defined as close relatives of the chemical engineer named in the application e.g. wife, or husband, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister. Please check our FAQ section or email info@benevolentface.org for specific advice.

Examples of applicants who cannot be supported

  • People who cannot prove that they are of the chemical engineering profession as defined above.
  • Siblings, uncles/aunts, cousins, grandparents/children or other family members who have not been financially dependent upon the chemical engineer.
  • Dependents who are in employment although in exceptional cases this rule may be waived.
  • Students seeking support with living expenses or tuition fees unless there has been an unavoidable change of circumstance.

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