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.


Please note all events are individually priced and if you’re interested in attending our WSM then please email


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.

Please note closing dates for applications are 26th February and successful bursary recipients will be notified by the end of February.

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

Apply Now

Jacob Middleton

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2024

"I applied because I'm interested in working in the forestry sector after graduating from my masters in Environmental Forestry at Bangor. I'm particularly interested in seeing how an award winning broadleaved woodland is managed sustainably.

It means a lot to receive the Spencer Bursary as it has provided me with a great opportunity to learn from experts in the field, which I’m sure will come in handy in my future career path as a forester."

Flynn Scott

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2024

"I applied for the Spencer Bursary to bridge the gap between my academic interests and practical application of low impact silviculture. I'm enrolled on the MSc Environmental Forestry course at Bangor University, with aspirations to work in climate adaptive forestry research, and maybe one day manage a woodland of my own!

Attending the course at Bron Haul will provide valuable insight from expert practitioners, and provide context for my dissertation project on small scale woodland livelihoods."

Leo Usherwood

RFS Spencer Bursary Recipient 2024

"As an MSc Environmental Forestry student at Bangor University, and having worked in forestry and arb in the North Wales area for the last six years, I'm always interested to hear about local woodland creation and management. This is especially true when woodlands are being managed successfully for small-scale local timber production, a key component in a sustainable forestry sector.

Receiving the Spencer Bursary Award from the RFS has greatly facilitated my ability to visit small-woodlands in the area and learn directly from woodland managers and owners."