Air Pilots Scholarship

If you are in your second or third year of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) program, are intent on becoming a commercial pilot, and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this scholarship could provide assistance with your studies.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides $3000 as a one-off payment.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled full-time in your second or third year in one of the following programs:
    • the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) (BP070)
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)/Bachelor of Business (Management) (BP284) in 2017
  • have completed no less than 96 credit points (for second year students) and no less than 192 credit points (for third year students)
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government-tested low income benefit
    • having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be a student pilot, completing either a licence or endorsement prior to flying commercially
  • be able to demonstrate intent to continue commercial pilot training and have consistently demonstrated the highest qualities of airpersonship, leadership and respect for peers

How to apply

Complete the online application by the close date.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Documents must be in one of the following formats; PDF, DOC, JPG, PNG, GIF.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete.

Once you have completed a question, you cannot go back and modify your response(s).

The main application questions are listed below to allow you to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Describe your academic performance and any relevant industry experience; in particular discuss any achievements or significant results?
  • Describe your engagement and commitment to community participation, i.e. volunteering, club memberships, industry activities.
  • Provide an example of when you have demonstrated leadership potential in your working and/or personal life.
  • Discuss your personal attributes, i.e. persistence, assertiveness, communication, respect for peers, teamwork, organisation, decision-making.
  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how it will assist you to achieve academic success?

Open date

Applications now open.

Close date

Applications close 4pm, Friday 2 June 2017.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Conditions (PDF 450kb, 26p)

Further info

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) is a professional association and industrial organisation representing commercial pilots in Australia. Australian Federation of Air Pilots representation covers pilot members in industrial, technical and operational matters in the Australian commercial aviation industry.

The Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund (entity name Austair Pilots Pty Ltd) (MBF) is Australia’s premier provider of loss of licence protection for commercial pilots. The Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund provides financial support to pilots and their families throughout the most difficult time in their careers.

The Federation and the Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund have a proud history of supporting aviation education through a university scholarship program in co-operation with a number of academic aviation institutions in Australia. Together AFAP and MBF would like to extend this program to RMIT, by offering scholarships to assist aviation students in their pursuit of becoming a professional pilot.


Coursework Scholarships Office

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer by 30 July 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.