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Win free registration on Cranfield University Airworthiness Fundamentals Course

IFA/Cranfield John Saull Scholarship

The IFA has funded a scholarship program since 1979; we continue to develop and co-ordinate different opportunities.

With the support of his family, in recognition of his dedication and work as Executive Director of IFA and his long-time role as Chair of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA) we are pleased to announce the launch of the IFA/Cranfield John Saull Scholarship

IFA will support Cranfield in offering a place on the Cranfield University Airworthiness Fundamentals short course.  This week long residential or online course will feature all aspects of airworthiness from the ICAO standards to the EASA and FAA regulations.  The course addresses the key aspects of design, maintenance and operation of aircraft across the wide spectrum of technologies in aerospace.  Link to the Cranfield webpage for more information.


What Can I Win?

The 2023 scholarship will provide an individual with free registration on the Cranfield University Airworthiness Fundamentals training course.  This course can be taken online or in person.

If attending the course in person the accommodation and meals will be funded by a donation from the Saull family.   Transport, visas, vaccinations and covid testing will be at the winner’s expense.

Who Can Apply?

The scholarship will be open to anyone working or studying within aviation engineering and maintenance.   


How Do I Apply?

To apply, complete the online application, attach your current CV and a letter of recommendation from your employer or tutor and answer the following question –

  • What do you feel is a current issue with improving airworthiness?

Ready to apply? Start your application now.

Closing date for applications is 30th May 2023.









The rules and working of the scholarship are:

  • The scholarship scheme is open to anyone currently working or studying within aviation maintenance and engineering
  • Nominations are accepted via the online application form.
  • The applications will be assessed and verified by the IFA Secretariat. Accepted applications will be assessed by a panel of IFA Board members and Cranfield University representatives, a final selection of candidates will be presented to the Saull family who will make the final choice..
  • The selected winner will receive a certificate and will attend either in person or online the offered course.
  • The scholarship will cover the course fees. If attending the course in person then it will also cover the cost of accommodation and food for the duration of the course, it will not cover travel to and from the course, additional accommodation, food, visa or covid testing and pocket money.
  • All winners with the support of IFA will be expected to supply IFA either with a written article, podcast or video chat covering the topic of airworthiness.

Latest Scholarship Winner

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Emily Wilson will be the first person to receive the IFA/Cranfield John Saull scholarship.  Emily is an Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).  She is currently working in the DE&S Airworthiness Team at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the procurement arm of the MOD.

John Vincent, IFA CEO said: “We are extremely pleased to present this award to Emily Wilson. Her enthusiasm for working on engineering and human factors issues came shining through in her application. Congratulations.”

John’s family were delighted to see such a high standard of candidates applying for this scholarship and that it is awarded to Emily such a fitting candidate for the first award.

On accepting this scholarship Emily Wilson said: “I am extremely grateful to be selected to receive the IFA/Cranfield John Saull Scholarship. I’m excited about the opportunity to study at Cranfield University, and would like to thank all those who supported my scholarship application.”

Previous Scholarship Winners

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What they say...

“The course sought to provide an insight into the regulatory framework of aircraft certification and maintenance, as well as the organisations involved in this process and their responsibilities. The lessons highlighted the dynamism of this area of aviation, which is necessary in order to guarantee safety in such a rapidly evolving industry, and both the academic and professional lecturers provided valuable insight from their experiences and various practical scenarios which were extremely instructive.
Airworthiness is also one of the key areas of the Department of Aircraft and Spacecraft in the UPM. It is in this department in which I am currently starting my doctoral studies with Professor Cristina Cuerno-Rejado and seeking to develop a career in aeronautical research.”

Alvaro Gomez Rodriguez
IFA 2018 Scholarship winner

This seminar fueled my aviation subject knowledge and gave me a fruitful learning experience. The concepts taught in this course, cleared the air of doubt on what airworthiness is actually all about and how the airworthiness system was structured.

Kiran Varman Srinivasan
2017 IFA Scholarship winner
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