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Centennial Scholarship Scheme 

In 2003, the Royal Aeronautical Society launched the Centennial Scholarship scheme to celebrate 100 years of powered flight and look forward to the next generation of aerospace pioneers. Since its inception the Society has made over £450,000.00 of individual and team awards including:

  • Tuition fee support to Final Year MEng students
  • Tuition fee support to students on aircraft maintenance degrees
  • Tuition fee support to postgraduate students for courses in aerospace engineering, air transport management and space studies
  • Completion of PhD research and studies
  • National programmes to encourage young people into aerospace and aviation

2014 applications closed on 31 May 2014. Applications received after this date will be considered in the 2015 round of applications. The closing date for 2015 applications is 30 May 2015.

Visit to download the application forms and Applicant Guidelines.

British Aviation Group (BAG) Scholarship joins the Centennial Scheme

BAG and the Royal Aeronautical Society are pleased to announce a new air transport scholarship offered through the RAeS Centennial Scholarship fund. The British Aviation Group (BAG) is the leading trade association for UK companies involved in the airport and aviation development sectors and is the only association with a membership that covers the full spectrum of airport development expertise in the UK. BAG currently represents over 180 companies all operating in the airport sector, the portfolio of expertise covers strategic planning, financing, master planning, design, construction, equipping, management and operation of airports. BAG’s main objectives are to help these member companies build their business base in the UK, and to succeed in international airport and aviation projects. BAG is a key sectoral group of ADS Group Limited, the UK’s national Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space trade organisation and Careers in Aerospace website partner, but retains a separate membership, brand and programme of activities.

From April 2013, two scholarships annually of a value of £2000.00 each will be available in 2013 and 2014 as a contribution to tuition fees for students studying courses relating to air transport management and aviation. Applicants should be entering the final year of an undergraduate degree, undertaking a Master’s degree or the final year of a relevant PhD.
Applications for the BAG scholarship are  administered via the same procedures as those for the Centennial Scholarship fund. Applicants should use the Individual Application form and note on the form their wish to be considered for a BAG scholarship. Applicants should also supply the same supporting information which includes two reference letters – to be posted separately and in time for the closing date – and confirmation of their place on the course for which the funding applies (such as an offer letter or confirmation of enrolment letter from the university).
As for all other Centennial applications, 2013 applications are now closed. The closing date for 2014 BAG Scholarship applications is 31 May 2014.

MSc Aerospace Bursary Scheme

Additional financial support now available for ambitious employees and new graduates.

In addition to the Centennial Fund, the Royal Aeronautical Society and Royal Academy of Engineering are helping to distribute a new £6 million bursary fund for 2013 will pay for 500 new graduates and employees to study Masters (MSc) level degrees in aerospace engineering.

As part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, the UK aerospace industry and Government have committed £3 million each over three years to help recruit talented people who want to build careers in aerospace, but need financial backing to study at Masters level. A bursary will be available for students to cover the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,500. 

The scheme will open to both exisiting aerospace employees already qualified to graduate level and working in industry looking to up-skill, and undergraduate students currently studying at university. Those students will be encouraged to make direct links with aerospace businesses to undertake projects to address the challenges faced by industry, and secure opportunities for work experience and future employment.

UK companies sponsoring the scheme are: BAE Systems, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast, EADS/Airbus, Finmeccanica, GKN, MBDA Missile Systems, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Rolls-Royce and Spirit AeroSystems.

For full details visit and for eligible courses:

Other Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries

For funding opportunities across engineering disciplines, visit the following section of the Tomorrow's Engineers website.  


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