The Spencer Bursary

The Spencer Bursary provides current students or recent graduates with the opportunity to attend RFS events.

The RFS offers up to 5 Spencer Bursaries each year to the value of £150 each. The bursary must be used to pay for entry into an RFS event, with the rest of the money used for travel and subsistence costs on the day of the event.


You must be:

A student or recent graduate or college leaver with an interest in forestry.

An RFS student member at the time of your application.

All applications will be treated with strictest confidence. A committee will be appointed by RFS to review all applications. No other information will be used to assess each application. Successful bursary recipients will be notified in January.

If you have any questions about making an application, please email

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Dennis Ryan

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2023

"I had a most enjoyable week at the Whole Society Meeting. Being new to the industry, it was really interesting to see woodland management in action and meet so many knowledgeable people in the business. Our hosts for the week put on some excellent visits (not to mention lunches) and I found it particularly interesting to see some of the processes associated with harvested wood; cricket bats, paling fences, charcoal, boiler fuel and even Christmas trees all came with some complexity that I had never considered before. The Spencer Bursary provided some very welcome support during my learning sabbatical; thank you to the RFS and I look forward to renewing many new acquaintances in the future."

Harvey Blowfield

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2023

“Prior to attending the introduction to soil identification for foresters my knowledge of soils was very limited. I now feel confident in using ESC as a positive tool for selecting site specific species, while understanding the reasons that soil types would alter potential species and promote ulterior management techniques. The course was a good mixture of theory based learning and practical soil identification provided in an easily digestible manner by Dr Andy Moffat.”

James Chapman

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2023

"Thank you for organising such a great four days (Whole Society Meeting 2023). The ‘formal’ events were fascinating, conversations between them more than useful and the hosts unbelievably generous."