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.

The Award in 2020

The Fellowship has a value of up to $30,000. The project for which the award is made must be completed by the end of 2020.


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 the University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy or in Sydney), or other appropriate institutions within or outside Australia.


The Fellowship is open to Australian citizens who are suitably qualified graduates or who have significant appropriate work experience. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in advancing the available knowledge and expertise which will lead to an improvement in the defence of Australia, by developing a proposal to undertake a program of study or research at UNSW or another appropriate institution within or outside Australia.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • sustained academic achievement or significant 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

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.

The Rector will, at his/her discretion, arrange the publication of the Fellow’s report in whole or in part as appropriate. The Fellow will be acknowledged as the author and as the holder of the Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship.

Application Process

Applications should include:

  • a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees
  • a detailed description of the proposed project and proposed output
  • a detailed justified budget (note that the Fellowship may not be used to pay a salary). Applicants should demonstrate that the proposed project is not merely supplementary to an established program funded from other sources
  • proof of Australian citizenship
  • a covering letter addressing the selection criteria

Applications are due COB Friday 1 November 2019.

Applications should be forwarded to:

Spitfire Fellowship Award,
c/- The Rector’s Office
UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

If you wish to discuss the application process please contact the Rectors Office, UNSW Canberra, by telephone 0468 608 425, or email:

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