Encouraging scientific study, research and education in disciplines related to aeronautics and aerospace technology.

In 1986 Lady (Anita) Smith, widow of Sir Keith Smith, bequeathed her entire estate to the establishment of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund and directed that the income of the Fund be applied in perpetuity for "advancement in the State of South Australia of the science of aeronautics and of education therein".

Lady Smith recognised the need to stimulate local knowledge and innovation in aerospace technology. Her vision encompassed "each and every aspect of all means of human conveyance or transportation through the air and inner and outer space".

Australian Executor Trustees is the Trustee of the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund. A specialist Advisory Committee provides continuing guidance to the Trustee to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are being achieved. The Trustee undertakes exclusive or joint funding of:

  • Appropriate education or research programmes in approved tertiary institutions
  • Scholarships or fellowships for approved research
  • Sponsorship funds for activities which promote aerospace technology and education

Value: The value and tenure of each award is determined by the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Fund Advisory Committee. Awards up to $5,000 per annum for up to three years for PhD students, or up to two years for Masters by Research students.

Applications: Applications for supplementary scholarships are invited half yearly. Applications may be considered by the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Fund Advisory Committee at each of the half yearly meetings. Applications should be received by:

  • the last week of March (for consideration at the June meeting)
  • the last week of September (for consideration at the December meeting)

Please see the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Fund for further details about eligibility and for application forms.