There are several scholarships, mentorship programs, and paper competitions for students pursuing graduate degrees in aviation. Click on the images to learn more about these opportunities.

Graduate research award – $12,000. DEADLINE: MAY 15.

The ACRP (Airport Cooperative Research Program) Graduate Research Award (GRA) annually offers about 10 scholarships to graduate students in aviation who have an interest in airport-related topics.  As part of this program, students receive a stipend of $12,000 and have the opportunity to be mentored by experts in aviation over a 12-month period as they write a paper and conduct research on an aviation topic. Students also have the opportunity to present at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting following completion of their paper, and the potential to publish that paper in the Transportation Research Record.

At least ten Georgia Tech students have received this award since its inception in 2008 and Dr. Garrow has served as faculty advisor for six of these students. More information about the program is available here.

Anna Valicek paper competition – $2,500 prize + travel to symposium. DEADLINE: JUNE 1.

AGIFORS is a professional society dedicated to the advancement and application of operational research within the airline industry. The Anna Valicek award is a student paper competition that recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. Up to two finalists will be selected and will receive air transportation, accommodations, and registration fees to attend the AGIFORS Annual Symposium, to present their work. The winner will be awarded a silver medal and a U.S. $2,500 prize. The other finalist will be awarded a bronze medal and a U.S. $1,000 prize.  More information about this award is available here.

Ken Wang mentorship program  – $1,000 prize + travel to symposium. DEADLINE:  JUNE 1.

AGIFORS recently initiated the Ken Wang Scholars program to mentor doctoral students who are in the early stages of their graduate program and engaged in airline operations research. Ken Wang Scholars have the opportunity to interact with aviation experts and receive feedback on their proposed dissertation topics by attending the Annual Symposium and interacting with AGIFORS members, former Anna Valicek winners, and Ken Wang Scholars. Applicants from universities that have historically not participated in AGIFORS are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about the Ken Wang Scholars program is available here.