UPDATE: The closing date for 2024 Bursaries is 31 March 2024. 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, ballooning,  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.

35 bursaries were offered in 2023 and the lucky recipients were able to start training before Easter. Bursaries include:

A number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates were also granted. No applications were received in 2023 from balloon pilots and microlight pilots who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.

Bursaries must be used in the calender year they are granted.

The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:

Application Forms and Terms & Conditions

2024 Application forms and Bursary Terms & Conditions will be available for download on this site from September 2024 with a closing date for Application forms of 31 March 2024. 

2024 Bursary Terms & Conditions

2024 Bursary Advanced Application Form

2024 Bursary Flight Simulation Application Form

2024 Bursary Aero Modelling Application Form

2024 Bursary Flying Application Form

Bursary Winners

2023 bursary winners

2022 bursary winners

2021 bursary winners

2020 bursary winners

2019 bursary winners

2018 bursary winners

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