Gliding Scholarships

Gliding Scholarships

Gliding scholarships, alongside the Air League’s other programmes, provide individuals with an opportunity to build a foundation to enhance their journey into the professional disciplines available within aviation, aerospace, and space.

Our tiered approach offers those with zero to little aviation experience an opportunity to gain skill, build an understanding and an insight into the amazing career pathways available.

The Air League can offer you unrivalled support, and looks for those with a flare to succeed and the determination to join our fantastic industries.

what do we offer?

Gliding to solo scholarship

This scholarship provides an introductory gliding to solo course. The course is held over a two week period on pre-selected dates at our approved gliding club, and offers an introduction to gliding combined with ground school theory. This scholarships aim is to create a foundation for a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace, and is held residentially over a two week period.

SLMG conversion scholarship

This scholarship provides an individual who has previous gliding experience with an opportunity to convert to powered flying. This scholarships aim to further a young person's career pathway into aviation and aerospace, and is flown at the scholars pace at their chosen gliding club.

Pre and post solo development scholarship

This scholarship is an intermediate or advanced award that provides an individual with additional support towards going solo, aerobatic, or cross-country training. This scholarships aim to further a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace, and is flown at the scholars pace at their chosen gliding club.

frequently asked questions

Gliding scholarship applications are now open and will close on Sunday 12th June 2022 at 12 noon.

Gliding scholarships are open to anyone aged 16 + who is a UK resident. Please find the full criteria for 2022 here.

For those with disabilities please see the FAQ below.

You must be aged 16 or over on the 1st of May 2022

Gliding to Solo scholarships will be undertaken at London Gliding Club on a residential basis over a two week period.

SLMG, Pre and Post Solo Scholarships will be undertaken at your designated club at your own pace.

Gliding to Solo Scholarships will taken place in July or August 2022.

SLMG, Pre and Post Solo Scholarships must be completed by the 31st of October 2022.

Gliding to Solo Scholarships include full board accommodation for the duration of your gliding scholarship.

SLMG and Pre and Post Solo Scholarships are flown at your own pace and do not cover any other associated fees (like gliding club membership or medical fees).

You will also be invited to our Scholarships Awards Ceremony.

The Scholarship Selection Committee will award gliding scholarships based several factors, for example like the impact it will have on your immediate development, as well as your medium to long-term career aspirations.

For Gliding to Solo Scholarships no previous flying experience is required.

SLMG, Pre and Post solo scholarships require previous experience.

Our scholarships are open to all that meet the legal requirements listed above.

Our vision is to change lives through aviation and believe there should be no educational, financial, or social barriers for those who want to succeed.

We want to make aviation accessible to all. Regardless of your background we will support you if you have the determination, drive and passion to succeed.

No. Gliding scholarships are allocated through a selection process jointly administered by the Air League and the British Gliding Association.

Regardless of any disability you can apply for a gliding scholarship. The purpose of our scholarships is to create a foundation for a young person’s career pathway into aviation and aerospace.

You will be asked to provide additional details so that reasonable adjustments or further assistance can be provided as part of the selection process and the delivery of a scholarship.

We will endeavour to deliver scholarships to those with any disability, however if CAA regulations indicate flight training may not be delivered, we will attempt to provide an alternative scholarship through our other programmes and opportunities.

No. Gliding scholarships are not eligible for travel costs.

Yes. A valid Air League membership is required to apply for scholarships and bursaries. There are a few exceptions (See below).

We support individuals through our scholarships and bursaries. We are unfortunately unable to provide further ad hoc assistance towards your flying training.

No. The gliding scholarships are intended for those yet to achieve a PPL.

  • You will be notified by Friday 17th June 2022 whether your application has been successful.

Although this will be disappointing, we do not want you to give up. Scholarships applications far outnumber the opportunities available.

Regardless of the outcome we encourage you to get involved, volunteer, and attend the Air League’s annual programme of events that aim to help you develop as a professional within aviation and aerospace.

All applicants will also be given the opportunity to register with TalentView Aviation, a platform to find first jobs, graduate roles and other exciting opportunities, it also allows you to develop and to be seen by employers across the UK aviation industry.

Feedback is an important area in your professional development. Feedback will be given to any applicant that requests it through the feedback development form sent to those after the application process.

career pathway options

We’ve teamed up with TalentView Aviation to ensure all our scholarship applicants continue on their career pathways within aviation and aerospace

TalentView is the place for talented individuals to find first jobs, graduate roles and other exciting opportunities and be seen by employers across the UK aviation industry

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