Australian Federation of Air Pilots and Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund Scholarship

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The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) and the Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund (MBF) 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 have extended this program to Swinburne University of Technology by offering annual scholarships to assist aviation students in their pursuit of becoming a professional pilot.

Courses eligible

Single or double aviation undergraduate degrees.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • be enrolled full-time in Bachelor of Aviation, Bachelor of Aviation/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Aviation/Bachelor of Commerce courses with concurrent active enrolment in the Graduate Certificate of Aviation (Piloting) course at Swinburne University of Technology.
    • be in the second or third year of their degree in Semester 1 in the year the scholarship is awarded.
    • second-year applicants are required to have attained their CASA Private Pilot Licence and at least four CPL theory exam credits
    • third-year applicants are to have obtained all seven CPL theory credits and CASA IREX theory pass and have successfully completed unit AVF80002 Commercial Pilot Licence Practicum 1 
  • have attained a minimum of a credit average, with no fails, in their course
  • provide evidence of financial hardship (documents such as a bank statement, salary slip, Centrelink statement, and/or personal statement)
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 750 words demonstrating the following:
    • social responsibility through engagement in community and industry activities as well as commitment to the industry and striving to achieve prospective career objectives;
    • attributes of airpersonship including leadership, communication, respect for peers and teamwork skills; and
    • personal attributes such as persistence, assertiveness, and decision-making. 
  • provide one character referee report from a current or past employer or a person competent to supply a reference outlining the applicant's suitability for the scholarship.

The applicant’s academic student history, flying training history including lesson reports and instructor’s comments and observations will also be considered.


Two scholarships are available. One for second year and one for third year level of degree, each valued at $3,000.

How to apply

Applications will reopen Monday, 1 October 2018.


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