Viking Bursary

An award for students in higher education for study of any aspect of forestry which benefits the practical management and resilience of woodlands.

In most years we will make one award or more than one award up to a total value of £2,000. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to make awards that total over £2,000, depending on the standard of applications received by the deadline. The maximum amount for an individual award is £2,000. The committee also reserves the right to make no awards in any particular year. 

The bursary will fund all costs directly associated with the project including travel, accommodation and equipment. Candidates are expected to submit travel budgets with their application. Co-funding with other sources of funds is acceptable. Travel insurance, health insurance, access permissions and travel documentation are the responsibility of the award recipient. Successful candidates must comply with RFS Health and Safety policy and that of their educational institution for any field-work being proposed or undertaken. Please note that 85% of the bursary will be paid on award, 15% on successful publication of the final report in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry.


You must be:

Enrolled in full time or part time higher education.

Studying any aspect of forestry which benefits the practical management and resilience of woodlands and which:

  1. is original, independent, self-directed study or research.
  2. has clear study/research objectives, methods, outcomes and timeframe.

The scope includes course-related dissertations and theses.

The area of study is limited to the UK with priority given to projects focused on England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are two formal requirements for dissemination of the results of the project.

  1. Recipients are invited to submit an article that will be published by the RFS online, with an extract and link in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry to share their findings and experiences. An RFS certificate is awarded to the candidate on successful publication of the article in the QJF.
  2. The successful candidate(s) is/are obliged to present their research to the RFS Yorkshire Division at an annual (evening) meeting, if required – travel to/from this event is deemed to be included in the bursary.

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday 30th April at 12pm.  Applications will be reviewed by RFS HQ and then shortlisted by the RFS Yorkshire Division Committee. The committee’s decision will be final.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome.

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

Applications are now closed for 2024.

William Hagan Brown

Viking Bursary Recipient 2023

William is undertaking research at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research-Free-Air Carbon Enrichment (BIFoR-FACE) facility. His study is titled "The Impact of Climate Change on the Forest Canopy Temperatures: from Mechanisms to Implications".