CAE Women in Flight Scholarship Program

Encouraging women to pursue their dreams as professional pilots

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Applications closed on July 30th, 2019 for applicants of the American Airlines Cadet Academy.

The CAE Women in Flight scholarship program encourages exceptional women to become professional pilots. Every year, CAE will award up to five full paid scholarships to aspiring female pilots, across its global training network. The scholarship recipients will become role models; tasked with the mission to inspire more women to join them in the flight deck!   

How does the scholarship work? A scholarship + a pilot job.

Five candidates will each receive a fully paid scholarship to cover the entire cost of their cadet pilot training, including accommodation and travel, applicable to one of CAE’s participating airline-mentored cadet training programs. Upon successful completion of training, the selected candidates will either commence or have the opportunity to secure their first pilot job* and fly with one of the participating airlines.

Five cadet training programs have been selected for this first edition of the CAE Women in Flight scholarship, and one scholarship will be granted per program.

Applications are currently only open for applicants of the American Airlines Cadet Academy, and will close on July 30th, 2019.

* subject to meeting airlines' conditions 

Who are the participating airlines?

The airlines participating in this first edition of the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program are:

  • Aeromexico: Applications are now closed for this year (closed on April 1st, 2019)
  • American Airlines: Applications are now closed for this year (closed on July 30th, 2019)
  • AirAsia: Applications are now closed for this year (closed on April 1st, 2019)
  • CityJet: Applications are now closed for this year (closed on April 1st, 2019)
  • easyJet: Applications are now closed for this year (closed on April 1st, 2019)

Click to visit the webpage of the cadet training program associated to each participating airline.

Why do we need more women in the flight deck?

CAE is committed like no other training organization to the advancement of women in aviation to broaden the civil aviation talent pool. Today, women make up only 5% of professional pilots worldwide. The same is true of cadets in training. Unlike many other traditionally male-dominated professions, the aviation industry is still not attracting enough women. The CAE Women in Flight scholarship program thus aims to develop the industry’s future women pilot ambassadors.

Interesting read: CAE's Airline Pilot Demand Outlook, a 10-year view is available at www.cae.com/pilotdemand

What does it mean to be a CAE Woman in Flight?

Scholarship recipients will become ambassadors and role models, entrusted to share their passion for aviation to inspire the next generation of women pilots. CAE will follow the scholarship recipients throughout their journey to the flight deck and their first few years as a professional pilot; providing regular updates through social media, and sharing their experience at aerospace and women in aviation events.

What does it take to become a CAE Woman in Flight?

This one-of-a-kind program is competitive, and we are looking for women who demonstrate leadership, passion, involvement in their communities, team-work abilities, communication skills, perseverance, and who love the thought of being at the command of an aircraft!

Are you a future #CAEpilot? Are you interested in the #CAEWomeninFlight scholarship program? Apply today!

How do I apply?
Phase 1: Apply to a CAE airline-mentored cadet pilot training program

Before you can submit your CAE Women in Flight scholarship application, you must first apply to a cadet pilot training program open to applications. Only eligible candidates are invited to apply.

Step 1: Read the eligibility requirements

Read the eligibility requirements of the CAE airline-mentored cadet training program of your choice to validate if you are eligible to apply. Please note that you cannot apply to the scholarship if your profile doesn’t match the requirements of one of the cadet training programs listed below.

American Airlines Cadet Academy (Closed to applications)

Visit the program page: www.cae.com/americanairlines

  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be 21 years old by the completion of the approximately three year program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (college degree preferred).
  • Be able to obtain an FAA Physical (first class medical).
  • Be able to obtain a valid passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Pass a background check.
Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme (Closed to applications)

Visit the program page: www.cae.com/easyjet

  • Be aged 18 or over to commence training (by course start date)
  • The right to live and work with unrestricted access across United Kingdom (UK), European Economic Area (EEA), European Union (EU) or Switzerland
  • Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) Grade C or above including Maths, English & Science
  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • Minimum height 5’ 2” (157cm) with maximum commensurate with Airbus flight deck requirements
  • Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 medical

Please note, you are only able to sit one Generation EasyJet assessment at one Flight Training School within a 6 month period.

CityJet Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme (Closed to applications)

Visit the program page: www.cae.com/cityjet

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Entitled to reside and work in the European Union
  • Free from any criminal record
  • No piercings or tattoos
  • You must have no more than a PPL license or 100 hours of flying experience
  • Must obtain a UK CAA issued EASA Class 1 Medical Certificate prior to commencement*
  • Able to fund the full cost of the initial CAE training course
  • Fluent in the English language with the potential to qualify at ICAO level 6
  • In possession of the following minimum educational qualifications:

Ireland:

  • School Leaving Certificate with 6 subjects including mathematics, English and a science subject, with a minimum of D1 in higher mathematics, or B3 in Ordinary math’s, with a C3 or higher in 3 honour subjects.

Or

  • An Honour Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher award in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.

United Kingdom:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science (single or double award), excluding General Studies.
  • Either 3 A-Levels at Grades BCC or above, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking.

Or

  • An Honours Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.

Other Countries:

Candidates must demonstrate that they can meet the equivalent of the minimum educational standard required of Irish educated candidates.

* Applicants who already possess a Class 1 Medical Certificate from an EASA member state besides the UK may start the course, but must move their Medical Records to the UK CAA before course completion. This is because their license will be issued by the UK CAA and EASA regulations require a pilot’s Medical Certificate and Medical Examination Records to be held by the same member state that issues the pilot’s license.

Please note: CityJet will be involved in the assessment process.

Aeromexico Cadet Program (Closed to applications)

Visit the program page: www.cae.com/aeromexico here and discover more about this program here: https://aeromexicoformacion.com/carrera-de-piloto/

  • Must be born in Mexico and hold a Mexican citizenship
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a valid passport
  • Be able to obtain a valid American tourist visa
  • Level of English: Intermediate
AirAsia Cadet Pilot Program (Closed to applications)

Visit the program page

  • Malaysian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Age above 17 years at the time of applications with the maximum age of 28
  • Minimum height of 163cm (5ft 4in)
  • Must have the following academic qualifications:
    • Secondary or High School graduate pre-requisites:
      • A grade of any “A” in English
      • A grade of any “A” in Mathematics
      • A grade of any “B” in Physics or any “A” in General Science
      • A grade of any “B" in any other two subjects;
  • OR
    • Diploma or Degree in Engineering/Science related discipline, pre-requisites:
      • GPA 3.0 and above;
      • SPM with a grade of “C” in any subjects, of which must include Mathematics, Science, and English and
      • A pass in Bahasa Malaysia.
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Distant visual acuity with or without visual correction shall be 6/9 or better in each eye separately, and binocular visual acuity shall be 6/6 or better. Refractive error of not more that 4.5 diopters. Astigmatism of not more than 125D. Not colour blind. Final approval subject to Aviation Medical Doctor and Ophthalmologist assigned by AirAsia
  • Good command in English and Bahasa Malaysia both written and spoken
  • No criminal/accident record
Step 2: Apply to a cadet pilot training program

Are you eligible to apply to one of the cadet pilot training programs mentioned above? If you are, please follow the links below to apply. Once you have submitted your application, you must save the application number or the training request number in your files. You will be required to provide this number when you apply for the CAE Women in Flight scholarship.

American Airlines Cadet Academy (Closed to applications)

American Airlines: Visit the webpage to read more information about this program and click on “apply now”. You will then be redirected to the American Airlines Cadet Academy website to go submit your application.

Generation easyJet Pilot Training Program (Closed to applications)
  • Register/create a profile: https://cae.force.com/mycaetraining/ppregister . You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Login to the application portal and select “Generation easyJet” in the “please select a program” dropdown menu.
  • To begin your application, please select the “Create a new training request” link on the top right corner of the page.
  • Follow the steps and submit your application.
  • SAVE/REMEMBER your application/training request number. You will need this for the scholarship application.
CityJet Climb High Mentored Cadet Program (Closed to applications)
  • Register/create a profile: https://cae.force.com/mycaetraining/ppregister . You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Login to the application portal and select “CityJet” in the “please select a program” dropdown menu.
  • To begin your application, please select the “Create a new training request” link on the top right corner of the page.
  • Follow the steps and submit your application.
  • SAVE/REMEMBER your application/training request number. You will need this for the scholarship application.
Aeromexico Cadet Program (Closed to applications)

Please visit this page for more details about the program and how to apply: https://aeromexicoformacion.com/carrera-de-piloto/

AirAsia Cadet Pilot Program (Closed to applications)

Applications are currently closed for this program. Please visit our program page to subscribe to our program updates and be notified when applications will open next.

Phase 2: Apply to the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program

Applications are currently closed. Please subscribe to receive our program updates and be notified when the next edition opens.

Video submission

We want to get to know you better! Please submit a 10 minutes maximum video of yourself.   

Guidelines

  • Answer all following questions available here.
  • Ask a friend/family member to film you or record yourself. You can use your phone or any camera.
  • Please make sure that you are filming in a well-light area so that we can see you well.
  • Be audible. We need to hear you well!
  • Answer all questions. Please read the questions out loud or edit them as text in your frame before answering each one of them. You don’t need to answer them in the order provided in the document, you can switch it up, so long as you answer all questions.
  • Your video can last up to 10 minutes maximum or be shorter.
  • Be natural and be yourself. You can feel free to tell us more about yourself and talk about anything you’d like. You will not be rated negatively should you choose not to share more information. 
  •  You are allowed to edit your video and be creative with the format/presentation but it is not a criteria that will have an impact on your application. 
  • Upload your video to youtube as an unlisted link.
  • Copy your video’s URL (link to your video) and paste in the “your video” field in your CAE Women in Flight scholarship application
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q.    Is there a CAE Women in Flight scholarship application fee? If yes, how can I pay for it? 

You are required to pay the application fees associated to applying to the CAE Women in Flight scholarship participating airline-mentored cadet training program of your choice. 

Q.    What are the costs covered by the CAE Women in Flight scholarship? What’s included/not included?

Your full tuition and accommodations and travel fees are covered.

Q.    I’m not able to create a log in to apply, I’m having difficulties. Who can I contact? 

Please e-mail [email protected] and include your full name, the airline-mentored cadet training program you are applying to, and a general description of the problem. 

Q.   What supporting documents should I submit while applying?

Program specific document instructions are provided within the online application system and on the website of the airline cadet training program you are applying for. 

While applying to CAE Women in Flight Scholarship program, you must also submit your YouTube video. Instructions on how to apply for the scholarship are available on our website at www.cae.com/womeninflight. Please contact [email protected] should you have any additional questions.

Q.    When will the airline cadet training program begin? 

Program start dates are set by the airline-mentored cadet training programs, and not by CAE Women in Flight. Contact the airline-mentored cadet training program representative to know about the program start dates.

Q.    When are applications closing for the scholarship?

Application submission deadline is July 30th, 2019 for the American Airlines Cadet Academy program. Applications have already closed for the other 4 programs for this year's edition of the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program. 

Q.    I might miss the application deadline; can I have an extension?

Deadline extensions will not be permitted.

Q.    I made a mistake on my submitted application. Can I edit the information?

Only very limited edits can be made to your online application after it has been submitted. If you need to update other information, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

For changes to personal information login to your MYCAETRAININGPORTAL, select the training requests tab and proceed with your edits.

Q.    What is the status of my cadet training program application?

Many airline cadet training programs take several weeks to evaluate applications. The status of your application will be updated once the results of your assessments have been successful.

Q.    What is the status of my CAE Women in Flight scholarship application?

The status of your CAE Women in Flight scholarship application will be updated once your application to the cadet program has been assessed. If your application has been selected, CAE’s Women in Flight scholarship selection committee will contact you to advise on the next steps. 

To be noted – if you received an email advising that your application to the cadet training program is unsuccessful, your application to the CAE Women in Flight scholarship will no longer be considered.

Q.    I uploaded my video. Can you confirm that you have received it?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your application has been successfully submitted.

Q.    My address has changed since I submitted my application. Can I change update it?

Only very limited edits can be made to your online application after it has been submitted. You can edit your personal profile by logging in to your MyCAETrainingPortal and by selecting the profile tab.

Q.    I no longer wish to apply. Can I retract my application?

Yes, you may retract your application by e-mailing [email protected] to permanently delete your records.

Q.    How long is the selection process? 

The selection process will vary based on the airline-mentored cadet training program that you have applied to. Many programs take several weeks (approximately 3-6 months) to evaluate applications. A training advisor will notify you about the next available assessment dates once your application is deemed complete.

Q.   How and when will I know if I got selected as a CAE Women in Flight scholarship recipient?

 The CAE Women in Flight scholarship committee will contact you via e-mail or by telephone. The selection process can take several weeks (approximately 3-6 months). If you don’t receive an e-mail and you are still undergoing the assessment process of the CAE airline-mentored cadet training program to which you applied, you can assume that your CAE Women in Flight application is still being considered.

Q.   If my application is active with one of the programs, can I now apply to CAE Women in Flight?

Yes, you may apply to the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program. Read all the information on how to apply at www.cae.com/womeninflight and make sure you have your training request number/application number on hand.

Q.    Will this program be open next year?

The CAE Women in Flight scholarship program is currently available for these five participating airlines (easyJet, CityJet, AeroMexico, AirAsia and American Airlines). 
Further announcement regarding next year’s participating airlines will be communicated in the future. You can subscribe to receive program updates to learn more about next year’s initiative at www.cae.com/womeninflight

Q.    How do I upload my video?

In order to upload your video in your application, you must upload your video as an “unlisted video” on YouTube and copy paste the link in the “video submission” field on the portal. 
 

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