Williams Foundation


Air Power Scholar Program


The Air Power Scholars program is a cooperative endeavour between the Sir Richard Williams Foundation and the Air Power Development Centre.  It aims to develop a small group of Air Force Officers with intellectual skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience.


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The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC launched the Air Power Scholar program as part of the 2016 Air Power Conference in Canberra.

The Williams Foundation will award a scholarship of up to $20,000 each year of the program to the candidate undertaking the full-time study. This payment will assist the scholars with expenses associated with their academic program and will contribute to consultancy fees for a program mentor, initially Dr. Alan Stephens.

This five year pilot program will support the five selected Air Force officers to undertake PhD studies. The agreement with the Air Force enables the Foundation to formally support scholars in their further education and strengthen the level of debate on military aviation issues.

The selected candidates, known as Sir Richard Williams Foundation Scholars are: 

WGCDR Jarrod Pendlebury
The Dawn Horizon: Constructing an Air Force Identity at the Australian Defence Force Academy
University of Sydney
Anticipate completion in December 2018

GPCAPT Steve Edgeley
Title TBA
Subject: That recent changes in the operational environment have required the RAAF to focus on the application of joint effects, this change in operational focus has led to cultural and organisational changes that make it an imperative to embrace jointness.
University of New South Wales
Anticipate completion in December 2019

SQNLDR Travis Hallen
The gatekeepers: The development of Royal Australian Air Force maritime patrol during the Cold War
Australian National University
Anticipate completion in December 2021

GPCAPT Phillip Champion
Title TBA
Subject: That the Western experience of protracted land campaigns in the Middle East since 1991 has led to a new model of air/land warfare.
 University application underway
Anticipate completion mid-2018.

WGCDR Jason Begley
Soft Options for a Hard Issue
Subject: assess the degree to which Air Force effectively projects soft power and whether there are viable opportunities for it to improve.
University of New South Wales
Anticipate completion in December 2019




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