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IFA/Cranfield John Saull Scholarship

The IFA has funded a scholarship programme 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 2024 IFA/Cranfield John Saull Scholarship

This year, with the added support of Mick Adams, Former CEO, STS Aviation Group Services, Europe. we will be offering three awards to the top three entrants of the competition. 

 

What Can I Win?

The 2024 scholarship will provide three individuals with fantastic awards, some of which are experiences that cannot be purchased.  

The Main award….

-Registration on one of Cranfield University’s award-winning short courses from the list below:
These courses can be taken online or face-to-face and include certain expenses (*see more info).

The Two Runners up….

-6 mentoring sessions with Mick Adams, Former CEO, STS Aviation Services Group, Europe 

-One week’s work experience at STS Newquay MRO facility. This is a hands-on experience, with supervision, exposure to front line and support functions for heavy maintenance plus a 1:2:1 with Ian Bartholomew, EVP & MD STS Europe, to discuss the submitted paper and the challenges to career aspirations the candidate had listed in the competition submission.

*Cranfield short courses available:

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/air-transport-engineering-maintenance-operations

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/airworthiness-fundamentals

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/aviation-safety-investigation

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/crisis-management-and-business-continuity

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/practical-reliability

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/short/transport-systems/aviation-safety-management

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 September 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rules and working of the scholarship are:

  • The scholarship scheme is open to anyone currently working or studying within aviation maintenance, operations, engineering and safety
  • 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 choices.
  • The selected winners will be presented with their certificate and award at the John Saull Memorial Event at Cranfield University.
  • The short course will cover the Cranfield University 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 pocket money.
  • The 6 mentoring sessions with Mick Adams will be arranged with Mr Adams directly, either online or face-to-face depending on the availability and location of the award winner. Travel and expenses if chosen to do face-to-face will be the responsibility of the prize winner.
  • The one week's work experience at STS Newquay MRO facility is a hands-on experience. The award will include the cost of accommodation and food for the duration of the visit, it will not cover travel to and from the location, additional accommodation, food, visa or 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 opportunity and what they gained from the experience.

Latest Scholarship Winner

6 July 2023

2023 – Emily Wilson

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

06Jul

2023 – Emily Wilson

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
28Apr

2021 – Rabindra Ramoutar

12:00 am - 11:59 pm
24Apr

2020 – Solomon Obadimu

12:00 am - 8:50 am
01Aug

2019 – Raphael Rogers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep
05Sep

2017 – Kiran Srinivasan

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2016 – Ms Nerissa Allen

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2015 – Jason Digance

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2013 – Allan Tira

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2012 – Dorian Nicholas

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2011 – Leslie Caruana

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

2010 – Hung Hsun-Yang

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep
05Sep

2008 – Leung Ka Ming

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep
05Sep

2005 – Mustafa D. Hamdou

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep
05Sep

1998-99 – Hayden Cooper

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

1994-95 – C L Hall

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
05Sep

1993-94 – Raymond Lim

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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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