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RFS - Spencer Bursary




Bursary Information

This RFS 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.

In 2018 the RFS awarded five £150 bursaries to help students attend the joint CAAV and RFS conference, "The Future for English Woodlands" at the National Memorial Arboretum. Details of all recipients can be found here 


In 2017 the recipients attended Agroforestry 2017 hosted by the Royal Foresty Society, The Soil Association and the Woodland Trust.

Meet the 2017 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).



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

  • You must be an undergraduate, or those studying for higher degrees – who are undertaking or have obtained a forestry degree/degree with a major forestry content 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 on the day of the event.
  • Ensure your application is emailed to RFS by the deadline: 13th May 2019
  • Successful applicants should register for a place at the conference (places will be reserved for bursary recipients) and will be presented with a cheque for the Spencer Bursary at the conference. 

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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