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Application Criteria and Terms & Conditions

The aim of the scholarship is to offer the chance to a young female candidate with little or no flying experience, and who might otherwise not have the necessary resources, to complete their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).


The application window for the 2021-22 scholarship is now closed and applications are currently being assessed. Flying training for the winning applicant shall take place during the summer of 2022 at Cambridge Aero Club. 


The AMRPS covers all aspects of flying training (up to 45 hours), to the issue of a PPL.  

Applications are invited from young women from all backgrounds, aged between 17 and 24.  


Applications are assessed by a selection committee appointed by the AMRPS Board of Trustees. The scholarship is awarded entirely on merit, and up to five (5) finalists are invited to Cambridge for interview and air-experience flights.


Candidates invited for interview must pass a Class 1 medical, and make their own arrangements to attend the interview in Cambridge in person.  (Finalists may be accompanied by a friend or family member if they wish).




The scholarship covers the full cost of flying training, provision of training materials, examination and the issue of the PPL.


The British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA) who have kindly agreed to provide the sum of £2,500 towards the accommodation, subsistence and travel package for the winning scholarship applicant. The scholarship is therefore the first fully funded initiative of its kind which will provide training to PPL level.


Candidates selected for interview are expected to fund their medical examination and travel to Cambridge for interview.

The BWPA also assists with the vetting of applications and selection of candidates. 


Terms and Conditions


  1. The Scholarship covers only the costs mentioned above. All / any additional costs will be the responsibility of the Scholarship winner.

  2. Candidates short-listed for interview will be responsible for any costs to obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate, and travel for interview.

  3. All information shall be held as confidential to those judging the applications and shall be destroyed after the selection process.

  4. In the event that the winning candidate cannot subsequently meet the requirements of the scholarship, the Board reserves the right to re-offer to another shortlisted candidate, hold another competition, or not make the award.

  5. The Scholarship provides up to 45 hours of flying training.  After 10 hours of tuition an appraisal shall be made to determine that sufficient progress has been achieved to justify continuing tuition. In this unlikely event that satisfactory progress has not been made, the scholarship would be terminated at that point.

  6. The Scholarship is non-transferable to any other organisation.

  7. The winner must read and agree to abide by the rules of Cambridge Aero Club.

  8. The AMRPS Board of Trustees is the final arbiter and decision-maker and will not provide any information as to how any individual candidate has been selected.



The criteria for applications are as follows:


  • Female aged between 17 and 24 (must be at least 17 on 1 June).

  • British citizen and resident in the UK.

  • Demonstrate a serious ambition and ability to pursue an aviation-related career.

  • Availability to undertake and complete the Scholarship during a period to be agreed.

  • Educational achievements: demonstrable knowledge and/or experience in science, mathematics or other aviation related subjects.

  • Ability to satisfy the relevant medical standard to enable issue of a Class 2 Medical Certificate issued in the UK in accordance with Part Med. (The medical is required in advance of interview for those selected).

  • Attend training at the Cambridge Aero Club on dates to be agreed.  

Short-listed candidates are invited to attend an interview in Cambridge on a date to be confirmed.  The interview process shall include an air experience flight, and may include short aptitude and ability tests.  

The interview will be friendly, with adequate time, and the people involved are there to help candidates maximise their opportunity. No decision will be announced on the day.


30-Minute Flight (weather permitting).  We believe that anyone reaching the short-list deserves a flying experience as part of the interview process.  This also lets us to see how comfortable finalist are in an aircraft and allows them to fly some basic first-lesson routines:  The aim is NOT to see who flies the best on the day, as anyone with the correct attitude, enthusiasm and potential can be taught to fly. 


Successful candidates for the 2021-22 scholarship shall be made a conditional offer by the end of May 2022. The offer will be subject to confirmation of medical and all pre-requisite and contractual details.


Time-Line for 2021-22 Scholarship

  • 21 July 2021 – Media Launch

  • 30 September 2021 – Applications Open

  • 15 February 2022 – Applications Closed

  • February-March 2022 – Assessment of Applications

  • March 2022 – Finalists Invited to Interview (subject to successful medical)

  • April 2022 – Finalist Interviews and Air Experience Flights (Cambridge)

  • May 2022 – Successful Candidate Offer and Acceptance

  • May/June 2022 – Successful Candidate Announced

  • July 2022 – Flying Training Commences

  • October 2022 – Award of PPL