The Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme

Aerospace, Mechanical, Cyber Security, Electrical.

The Defence STEM Undergraduate Scheme (DSUS)
Learn more about the RAF's DSUS Scheme.

Studying for an Engineering or Computer Science degree? Want some help with paying for it as well as a guaranteed job when you graduate?

The RAF will pay you a bursary of £5,000 per academic year and tuition fees currently up to £9,250 and this is paid straight into your bank, you can use this to pay of your students fees, put down a house deposit or buy a new car, the decision is yours. You could also get up to £1,500 to do sports, adventurous training or even flying lessons in your summer break.

What we need from you, is you must be attending any UK university, have your student loan in place, join a UAS near to where you study, and be studying an appropriate Engineering or Computer Science degree.

Suitable Degrees

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Sciences 
  • IT
  • Cyber
  • Cyber Security

You should apply between September and March, but the sooner the better! You will have to pass a few hurdles such as a medical, fitness test and then attend an Officer selection board at RAF Cranwell.

If you are someone who has an interest in Engineering or Computing and wants to work on the latest cutting-edge technology and likes to work as part of a team, then this could be the job for you!

All selected DSUS Bursars will become a member of their local University Air Squadron (UAS); students are encouraged to apply to join a local UAS on arrival at university, as being a UAS member will enable you to be fast-tracked through the RAF Bursary selection process.

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Joining as an RAF Engineer officer will also give you benefits including:

  • Subsidised housing
  • Sporting Opportunities - E-Sports
  • Free Dental & Medical Cover
  • Worldwide Travel
  • Free Pension
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How to Apply

Apply below for sponsorship to start in the next academic year. Applications are open between 1st September and 31st March, but you’re strongly advised to apply by December as this ensures we can get you through the application system and selected in time, ready to receive your sponsorship in time for the start of your course.

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  • Deadline
    July 31st, 2024
  • Starting
    September 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    Bursary of £5,000 per annum and tuition fees up to £9,250 + benefits
  • Degree required
    All grades
  • Duration
  • Location
    Multiple UK Locations
Preferred Disciplines...
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Marine
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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