Apply for the Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship

Background

The Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship has been established by ex-wartime Spitfire pilots and ground crew, the Australian Spitfire Association and leading private and corporate supporters to create a lasting and dynamic memorial to the important contribution of the Spitfire and its Squadrons during World War II. The Fellowship Fund provides for the award of an annual Fellowship, which is administered through the University of New South Wales. 

The Award in 2024

The Fellowship has a value of up to $60,000. The project for which the award is made must be completed by the end of 2024.

Purpose

The Fellowship will provide encouragement for the development of advanced knowledge and expertise which will aid the defence of Australia by providing financial support and public recognition for the undertaking of programs of study or research at appropriate organisations which meet the criteria set out below.

Eligibility

The Fellowship is open to Australian citizens who are suitably qualified graduates or who have significant relevant work experience. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in advancing the available knowledge and expertise which will lead to an improvement in our defence-related sovereign capability, by developing a proposal to undertake a program of study or research at appropriate organisations.

The Proposed Project

The proposed project should make an identifiable and measurable step-change difference to Australia, including the defence of Australia, and focus on Australian sovereign capability and industry. The proposal must have a short to medium term impact (1-5 years) and may have medium to long term impacts.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Sustained academic achievement or significant and relevant work experience
  • A detailed description of and rationale for the proposed program of research or area of study including the proposed output
  • Demonstrated interest in the defence of Australia

Please note the below:

  • The Fellowship cannot be used to cover salary 
  • Attention will be paid by the Selection Committee to the quality of the project proposed and the potential outcomes.

Fellow Reporting Arrangements

At the conclusion of the study or research program, a Fellow will be required to submit a written report to the Rector, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and the President, Spitfire Association. A report template will be provided.

Application Process

Applications should include:

  • a complete online application form which includes a detailed description of the proposed project and proposed output and outcomes
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • the names and contact details of four referees qualified to assess the proposed program of research or area of study
  • a detailed description of the proposed project and proposed output, 
  • a detailed justified budget for consideration and evaluation (note - the selection committee reserves the right to adjust the budget upwards or downwards following discussion with the prospective candidate)
  • proof of Australian citizenship
  • a covering letter addressing the selection criteria

Applications close COB Friday 30 June 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Apply Here

Applications must be submitted by completing the Spitfire Fellowship Application Form.

If you wish to discuss the application process please reach out on: spitfire@unsw.edu.au.

No award shall be made in any year in which, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no applicant of sufficient merit.