The Sir Sydney Camm Scholarship

Application for the Coachmaker Sir Sydney Camm Scholarship

The Sir Sydney Camm scholarship was established in 2012 in memory of the outstanding designer Sir Sydney Camm CBE Hon FRAeS who, over his lifetime, designed more than 50 aircraft types – from the Hawker Hart of the 1930s, through the iconic Hurricane and Hunter fighters, to his vision for the VTOL Harrier. The award has its roots in an initiative by the Sir Sydney Camm Commemorative Society in Windsor, where Camm was born, went to school and lived almost his entire life. A full-scale replica Hurricane was erected as a memorial in Alexandra Gardens, a public recreation area in Windsor, and the residue of funds were presented to the Coachmakers’ Charitable Fund. Kingston University London is located very close to the old Hawker Factory at Kingston upon Thames and has named its Aerospace Engineering Library after Sir Sydney Camm. The award is open to applicants from the following universities:

  1. Imperial College London
  2. City, University of London
  3. Kingston University, London
  4. Brunel University London
  5. Queen Mary University of London
  6. University of East London

The award is for up to £5,000, for applicants who will be under the age of 35, with nationality and residency i.a.w. the Coachmakers standard terms and conditions, wishing to complete the degree studies in aeronautical engineering and be recommended by the university as having the academic ability to do so. This scholarship is also open to students who have completed a foundation degree, or equivalent, and have demonstrated a sound potential and desire to study for a BSc in Aerospace Engineering but would like some support to be able to do so. The award may be to assist studies, assist living or travel expenses related to study or courses, provide materials or assist with an additional research project which will enhance their degree studies. The applicant should describe the purpose for which they would like the award, make a case for the granting of the award and state the sum requested, noting that the Coachmakers likes to support constructive project work.

Those selected for the short list will be expected to make their case for the grant of the award, including how the award would be spent. No presentation or submissions are required, but the applicant may submit a short presentation to accompany their application if they wish to do so, other than the university recommendation accompanied by a short personal statement which then forms the basis of an interview process.

The winner of the scholarship will also be invited to, and expected to attend, the Coachmakers’ Aerospace Industry Dinner held annually in November at a prestigious location in London. At this event the winner will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement in the presence of several senior executives from the UK and European Aerospace Industries. The dinner is a black tie event, the cost of which will be borne by the Coachmakers. However, any travel and accommodation expenses incurred must be borne by individual winner.

Not only does this award offer opportunities and financial assistance in the short term, association with the Coachmakers is potentially long-term and offers exciting networking opportunities. Our website gives more information on how industry and military affiliations have evolved from our historic roots in the coachmaking and coach harness making trades.

Applications for this award open on the 1st September 2023 and close at midnight on the 31st January 2024. Selection interviews are expected to be held during early March..

Candidates should complete the online application form here.

Any question or queries may be addressed by email to the Aerospace Awards Committee Chairman, Steward Neil Sheath MRAeS.