Recognising and rewarding academic excellence and outstanding achievements

The new revised version of Royal Signals Policy Document 157 (PD157), Edition 3 – January 2017, Royal Signals Institution Prizes and Awards, is now available on-line on the Intranet and on Defence Connect  This document is the authoritative source for criteria and eligibility for all RSI-sponsored awards and prizes and includes some detail on non-RSI awards in a separate annex.

The RSI supports a comprehensive awards programme. The full list of the various RSI Awards is as follows:

• Princess Mary Medal
• RSI Silver Medal
• Master of Signals Award
• RSI Medal for Adventurous Endeavour
• Whistler Trophy
• WCE Royal Signals Operational Engineering Award
• WCIT ‘Through’ Award for Operational Military Signalling
• Master of Signals Commendation
• RSI Gold Medal for Academic Excellence
• RSI Silver Medal for Academic Excellence
• RSI Bronze Medal for Academic Excellence


The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) sponsors prizes for :

  • Best Student on the FOS(IS) course
  • Best Syndicate Presentation at the end of the YOS  course
  • Through Award for Operational Excellence


Prizes and awards are supported by the RSI and Royal Signals Benevolent Fund (RSBF). The RSBF provides Swift and SUre Support for The Corps. 

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Apprentice of The Year

Founded in 2014 The Royal Signals Apprentice of the Year Awards are co-sponsored by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and by the provider of our modern apprenticeship scheme, Wiltshire & Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd.

The Apprentice of The Year Award is presented annually in December. The overall winner receives a cash prize of £1,000.  Five Runner-up prizes of £250 are awarded.  More details are available on request.

Could You Be A Winner?

Elite achievement

A comprehensive guide to the eligibility criteria and the nomination process is contained in each edition of the RSI Journal. The Journal also contains a full list of recent award recipients and a number of citations of these recipients.

Further information is available from the Director of the RSI at

Deane-Drummond Prize Essay Competition

Elucidate and Discuss?

The annual Deane-Drummond Prize Essay Competition is named in honour of the late Maj Gen A J (Tony) Deane-Drummond CB DSO MC*.

Inaugurated primarily to support Commanding Officers in fostering professional development amongst their young officers the competition is nevertheless open to all serving Regular and Reserve Royal Signals officers and soldiers, including QG Signals.

The first prize is £1,000, the second prize is £750 and the third prize is £500. The winning essays are published in the RSI Journal.