CAS Fellowships

CAS Fellowships

CAS has personally endorsed a new series of Fellowships aimed at increasing the intellectual capital of the Air Force. CAS has made it clear that this new system will provide a fantastic opportunity to expand knowledge, reflect on previous experiences and broaden intellect while engaging with some of the best civilian academic institutions in the country.

The Fellowships: There are 7 Fellowships, each with its own selection criteria:

Portal Fellowship.

Students work towards a PhD in an air power related topic on a part-time basis at an appropriate university. All officers are eligible to apply for this Fellowship which takes approx 5 years to complete. Approximately 2 Fellowships will be available each year, with this fellowship not attracting an associated return of service.

Sykes Fellowship.

Students undertake a Masters Degree in a social science/history based subject for one year’s full-time study at an appropriate University. Whilst the topic need not be directly air power related, the student must be able to demonstrate benefit to the Service, and all officers and SNCOs are eligible. There is one sponsored place each year, with an associated 3 year return of service.

Tedder Fellowship.

Students undertake a one year, full-time MPhil in International Relations at Cambridge University. The subject matter for the dissertation will be air power related, and this Fellowship is aimed at wg cdrs/gp capts who have demonstrated the potential to reach air cdre rank. Two places are available each year with an associated 3 year return of service.

Slessor Fellowship.

This Fellowship provides an officer of air cdre rank or above with the opportunity to undertake a period of reflection in an academic environment in order to produce a piece of work that will benefit the Service. There is one place available each year. This fellowship does not attract an associated return of service.

Trenchard Fellowship.

The Trenchard Fellowship is the same as the Slessor Fellowship, but is available for all officers in the rank of gp capt and below. Two places are available each year. This fellowship does not attract an associated return of service.

Dowding Fellowship.

The RAF has partnered with King’s College London to provide a modular, web-based MA course that leads to the award of a Master of Arts degree in ‘War in the Modern World in Air Power Studies’. The Fellowships are available to any service person who can meet the institutions entry requirements. Five fellowships will be available each year, with an associated 3 year return of service.

Probert Bursary.

The Henry Probert Bursary is endowed by the RAF Historical Society (RAFHS) and recognises the contribution made by Air Cdre Henry Probert as a writer of RAF history, a former head of the Air Historical Branch and a founder of the RAF Historical Society. The Bursary contributes towards the academic fees of a student, service or civilian, undertaking post graduate study in air power history. There is one place available each year. This fellowship does not attract an associated return of service.

For all of the Fellowships rank and pay is retained, and seniority will progress as normal. All applications for Fellowship study are assessed and signed off either by CAS or COS Pers, therefore underlining the very positive benefit to both the individual and the Service. In short, selection for one of these Fellowships will be seen as a positive factor.

Where can I find out more?

Further details can be found in AP 3379 Lflt 2460. Annually a DIN will be published entitled ‘RAF CAS’ Fellowships’ the current DIN is numbered 2015DIN07-138. The DIN provides a more detailed breakdown of all the Fellowships and associated application and selection procedures. There is also a CAS Fellowships page on the RAF CAPS Air Power Studies website.

If you have any questions concerning these documents or the CAS’ Fellowships in general please call the Defence Studies (RAF) Training officer on 96161 x4848 or email: enquiries.dds@da.mod.uk

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