By offering recipients financial support, the Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship provides encouragement for the development of advanced knowledge and expertise which will aid in the defence of Australia.

As new security threats emerge around the world, it remains vital that we continue to support Australian researchers who are keeping our military capabilities at the cutting edge and developing technologies that can save lives, protecting our soldiers and civilians from harm. To help grow the Fellowship into the future, we need to continue to raise money and public awareness today.

The Fellowship is proudly administered through UNSW Canberra. Since its inception in 1998, more 20 Fellowships have been awarded. Several of these recipients have been former Australian Defence Force personnel, and all are distinguished engineers or researchers who have been recognised for their excellent research.