Sponsorship Scheme

University Air Squadron Bursary Scheme (UAS BS)


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At the Royal Air Force we offer scholarships and sponsorship to support outstanding candidates like you, to get the education you need for your career to take off.

We can give you a challenge, variety, travel, sport, adventure in addition to responsibility and career development. As a member of the RAF you will be a skilled professional, a leader and a manager and we will give you the opportunity to prove yourself sooner than your contemporaries in civilian jobs. In return we will expect you to use your initiative, make decisions under pressure and lead by example.

Depending on your course, we could sponsor you for three or four years, but the bursary will not exceed £6,000. For future Engineer Officers we provide a bursary of £4,000 per year, and the £6,000 total bursary limit does not apply.

The bursary scheme is open to undergraduates of all years, though first-year students will receive maximum funding and get the most out of the experience.

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In return we expect you to:

  • Join the University Air Squadron, where you will have the opportunity to undertake flying training and adventurous training
  • Join the RAF after you graduate from university on a 12-year initial commission (although you can apply to leave the RAF 3 years after completing professional training if you so wish).
  • Attend Initial Officer Training at RAF College Cranwell followed by your professional training

You do not already have to be a member of a UAS. For sponsorship to start in the next academic year, the very latest date for applications is 31st March 2022, but you are strongly encouraged to apply by the previous Christmas to give you the best chance of completing selection in time.

We will ask for an academic reference and you'll be interviewed at your local AFCO, before attending a medical with a contracted GP in your area and a Fitness Test at a local gym. Selection involves a full day of exercises and interview at the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Your university Air Squadron can offer you excitement, adventure, a great social life and free flying lessons. There's a training session one evening a week and other RAF-led activities so you can familiarise yourself with life as an RAF officer. You won't be expected to wear uniform in your day-to-day life as an undergraduate, but you will need to be able to manage your time to fit in both your academic studies and activities with the squadron.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DTUS HAS NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS. DTUS will be replaced with the Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS) for potential RAF Engineer Officers, with the intent to pay a Bursary of £5,000 and tuition fees of up to £9,250, per year. It is hoped that DSUS will open for new applications in Oct 2022 for those students in their 1st year of study, with selected students starting on the scheme from Sep 2023, at the start of their 2nd year.

All selected DSUS Bursars will become a member of their local University Air Squadron (UAS); you are encouraged to apply to join your local UAS on arrival at University, as being a UAS member will enable you to be fast-tracked through the RAF Bursary selection process. DSUS will be open to applicants studying a suitable Engineering degree (see eligibility criteria under Engineer Officer AeroSystems and Communications/Electronics  on the RAF Careers website) at all UK universities.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 31st, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £4,000 p.a. bursary + training pay + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 1 Year
  • Multiple UK Locations

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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