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RFS - Spencer Bursary


The Spencer Bursary is made possible thanks to a generous bequest by the late John Anthony Spencer with the purpose of providing current students or recent graduates of forestry (and related courses) with the opportunity to attend RFS events.

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

Meet past recipients here

Applications must be submitted by email on the appropriate form (see download, right) but please also read the rules and instructions for applicants (below).

Apply now for a bursary to attend Treescapes2020, 1-2 July, Birmingham, a major conference that brings together doctoral research students and forestry practitioners from across the UK to exchange knowledge and ideas.




To be eligible for the Spencer Bursary please consider the following criteria: 

  • You must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student undertaking a forestry or forestry-related degree at a British university.You need to be a RFS student member at the time of your application.

  • You need to fill in and return by email the application form and supporting documents.
  • All documents emailed to RFS should be saved/submitted in PDF format. 
  • In your application email, please explain why you are applying and what you hope to learn from the conference. (2-3 sentences maximum.) 
  • We will let everyone know if they have been awarded a bursary within a week of the deadline.
  • Each bursary is worth £150.00, to be collected as a cheque or BACS transfer on the day of the event.
  • Ensure your application is emailed to RFS by the deadline: Friday 29 May 2020
  • Successful applicants should register for a place at the conference (places will be reserved for bursary recipients). 

To apply, please complete the application form (see download, above right). You can register for the conference after you have heard whether you have been successful.

Please send the application form and supporting document to the RFS at:


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