International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) Scholarship

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The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) is a non-profit association with members in 38 countries, representing 257 major companies and aviation authorities. IAWA is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Courses eligible

The following Aviation courses offered by Swinburne University of Technology:

  • Bachelor of Aviation 
  • Bachelor of Aviation/Bachelor of Business 
  • Bachelor of Aviation Management 
  • Bachelor of Aviation Management/Bachelor of Business 
  • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Aviation Management 
  • Master of Aviation 

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the International Aviation Womens Association Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • identify as female
    • Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or Australian permanent resident with Humanitarian Visa, or International student
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a commencing or continuing Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2024
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
  3. Submit a personal statement (maximum 2 pages) or short video (between 1 to 3 minutes) outlining:
    • Why IAWA's mission and the organisations's commitment to Connect, Inspire and Lead throughout your career are important to you.
    • Explain your leadership experiences and share what you have learned through your leadership experiences (e.g through your clubs, work, volunteering).
    • Tell us what you expect to gain from being an IAWA scholarship recipient beyond the financial support (you can hear from past recipients in this video and in this podcast for some ideas). 
  4. Provide the following supporting documents
    1. At least one (1) written reference outlining suitability for the scholarship:
      • Academic reference - from a person qualified to comment on academic studies, e.g. lecturer, subject coordinator, school principal, etc., or
      • Character reference - from a person competent to supply a character reference such as a current or past employer, not a family member
      • Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities such as volunteering, sporting association, part-time work etc
    2. A copy of your Academic Transcript (your most recent Unofficial Academic Transcript will suffice).
    3. Samples of your writing, projects or similar works (e.g. previous essays, group project work, recorded speeches or videos) that highlight your technical skills and/or who you are.
    4. Complete the IAWA Scholarship Application form 

Please note: short listed applicants will be required to attend an interview with Swinburne representatives prior to progressing their application.


The scholarship is valued at US$5,000 and a free scholar membership for one year only.

In addition to the scholarship funds received, the successful recipient will also have the opportunity to attend the annual IAWA conference, fully funded by the IAWA. Find out more about the annual IAWA conference.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. 


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


Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration