UPDATE: The closing date for 2025 Bursaries is 31 March 2025. 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.

45 bursaries were offered in 2024 and the lucky recipients were able to start training shortly after Easter. Bursaries include:

A number of additional bursaries worth up to £500 each to suitable candidates were also granted. No applications were received in 2024 from balloon pilots who are encouraged to apply for future bursaries.

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

The scheme is divided into four categories of Bursaries:

Application Forms and Terms & Conditions

2025 Application forms and Bursary Terms & Conditions are available to download on this site but cannot be submitted until September 2024 with a closing date for Application forms of 31 March 2025. 

2025 Bursary Terms & Conditions

2025 Bursary Advanced Application Form

2025 Bursary Flight Simulation Application Form

2025 Bursary Aero Modelling Application Form

2025 Bursary Flying Application Form

Bursary Winners

2024 Bursary winners

2023 bursary winners

2022 bursary winners

2021 bursary winners

2020 bursary winners

2019 bursary winners

2018 bursary winners

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