UPDATE: The closing date for 2023 Bursaries is 31 March 2023. No applications will be accepted after that date.

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; (Advanced Bursary - 24 years).

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

25 bursaries were offered in 2022 and the lucky recipients were able to start training before Easter. Bursaries include:

  • The Pooleys Flight Equipment Bursary (up to £750)

  • The Lord Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000

  • The Andrew Brownsword Bursary

  • The Bramson Bursary

  • The George Farha Bursary

  • The John Downer Bursary.

  • The Crocker Family Bursary

A number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates were also granted. No applications were received in 2022 from balloon pilots and microlight pilots who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.

Bursaries must be used in the year they are granted.

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. Flight Simulator 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. 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).

Application Forms and Terms & Conditions

2023 Application forms and Bursary Terms & Conditions will be available for download on this site from September 2022 with a closing date for Application forms of 31 March 2023.

2023 Bursary Terms & Conditions

2023 Bursary Advanced Application Form

2023 Bursary Flight Simulation Application Form

2023 Bursary Aero Modelling Application Form

2023 Bursary Flying Application Form

Bursary Winners

2022 bursary winners

2021 bursary winners

2020 bursary winners

2019 bursary winners

2018 bursary winners

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