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

Applications are open   Local students   Current students

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) and the Australian Air Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund (AAPMBF) 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 AAPMBF 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 a current student studying 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
    • be in the second or third year of their degree in Semester 1, 2020
    • 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 achieved a minimum of a credit average, with no fails, in their course
  • provide evidence of financial hardship (Centrelink statement, payslips. Bank statements can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement)
  • submit a personal statement of no more than 750 words addressing:
    • 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 a character reference from a person competent to supply a character reference such as a current or past employer outlining your 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

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form and all supporting documentation by Wednesday 18 March 2020.

For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.



All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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