The Royal Aero Club Trust, as part of its Flying for Youth program administers a Bursary Scheme for young people.

50 bursaries were offered in 2016 and the lucky recipients were able to start training in April. Bursaries include The President's Award (two bursaries each worth up to £750), a further bursary worth up to £1,000 (The Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship), the Breitling Bursary also worth up to £750, the MacRobert Trust Bursaries (two bursaries each worth up to £500, and the Bramson Bursary also worth up to £500 as well as a number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates. No applications were received in 2016 from balloon flyers who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.

The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:

  1. Flying Bursaries/Grants for those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level and wish to upgrade their existing qualifications;
  2. FlightSim Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
  3. Aeromodelling Bursaries to enable flyers upgrade equipment or to gain further qualifications.
  4. Follow-on (Advanced) Bursaries to enable well qualified air sports persons enter international or national competitions or other prestigious events or to advance their existing qualifications to a higher level to the benefit of the sport (eg to gain an instructor qualification).

The scheme and the bursaries comprise all types of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, light aircraft and the designing, building and flying model aeroplanes (including multi-rotary wing - eg drones).

Applicants for these grants must hold British Citizenship and be permanently resident in UK and aged 14-21 years (Follow-On (Advanced) Bursary - 24 years).


Applications for 2017 bursaries are now available and can downloaded via links on this page. Closing dates for applications is 31 March 2017