Piers Fowler Professional Development Initiative Scholarship

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Piers Fowler was an integral part of general and commercial aviation in Australia for over 20 years. Piers combined his love of both aviation and teaching and displayed skill and commitment in all areas of his endeavours. He was a colleague and friend to many at Swinburne. Therefore we are honoured that Piers’ family, through the Piers Fowler Trust, are considering the establishment of a range of initiatives to recognise Piers’ contribution to aviation and his time at Swinburne, first as a student and then a teacher, to continue what he liked to do most – share the skills and learning of aviation with other pilots. This scholarship is to reflect Piers’ own endeavours and achievements in his early aviation career.

The Piers Fowler Professional Development Initiative Scholarship is offered to students who wish to attend one of the professional aviation conferences in Australia, namely The International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAvPA), the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) Seminar, Aviation Law Association of Australian and New Zealand (ALAANZ) Conference, or SafeSkies Australia Conference, to foster engagement in professional aviation activities in the early stages of their career. This will provide students the opportunity to communicate and engage with industry experts and get to know the latest developments of the aviation industry, which in turn will greatly foster the students’ career development.

Courses eligible

Single or double undergraduate Aviation course offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Piers Fowler Professional Development Initiative Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a continuing Swinburne student in third year in Semester 1, 2021
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • have achieved a credit average for all completed units
  3. Submit a 500-word statement explaining why attending a professional aviation conference will benefit their study and future career in the aviation industry. Include details of financial hardship, if applicable. 


The scholarship is valued at $700 (One-off payment). There are 3 scholarships available to be awarded. Each scholarship recipient will be given the opportunity of an industry mentor.

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation by 30 March 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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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