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 program administers a Bursary Scheme for young people.
27 bursaries were offered in 2021 and the lucky recipients were able to start training once Covid-19 restrictions permitted. Bursaries include:
the Pooleys Bursary (up to £750)
The Patron's Scholars (two bursaries each worth up to £750)
The Lord Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000
The Andrew Brownsword Bursary
The Breitling Bursary
The Bramson Bursary
The George Farha Bursary
The John Downer Bursary.
A number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates were also granted. No applications were received in 2021 from balloon pilots and flight simulator pilots who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.
Because of the Pandemic crisis, 19 bursary winners in 2020 successfully applied to have their bursary offers extended to 31 December 2021. Normally, bursaries must be used in the year they are granted.
The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:
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;
Flight Simulator Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
Aeromodelling Bursaries to enable flyers upgrade equipment or to gain further qualifications.
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
Applications for 2022 bursaries will be available for downloading via links on this page from September 2021. Closing dates for applications will be 31 March 2022.