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The RFS is committed to supporting individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge in the UK and abroad.

For more details, including how to apply, click on the heading for the relevant fund.


RFS Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we are able to provide a wide range of bursaries. Over the years, our funding has helped many people acquire new information about forestry and share their expertise with others. 

Bursary Purpose Eligibility Amount
The Spencer Bursary  Enable RFS student members to attend RFS events

RFS Student Members who are current students or recent graduates (within the last 2 years) of forestry/arboriculture degrees (or courses with a high forestry content).

Up to £150 to pay for entry to the event plus travel and expenses.
The Randle Travel Fund Enable RFS members of all ages to travel independently to enhance and share their forestry knowledge

Current RFS members or people who work full-time for a RFS corporate member. 

The trip must be either:

  • RFS Overseas Study Tours, either organised by the RFS Head Office or local RFS Division.
  • Individual trips abroad organised specifically enhance your forestry knowledge
Up to four awards of £300 each.
 The Yorkshire Bursary Enable study or research for an independent or collaborative forestry project. 

Applicants must be born or live in Yorkshire or be studying a forestry issue which specifically affects Yorkshire.

Students must be 18 years or older. 

 Up to £600 for travel and subsistence
The Viking Bursary  Enable independent, self-directed study or research which benefits the practical management or resilience of woodlands, principally in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Full- and part-time students enrolled on a forestry or closely related course, such as arboriculture, geography, rural land management, or environmental science.  The bursary fund has a maximum annual value of £2,000 which can be awarded to an individual or divided between applicants to the discretion of the committee.
The North-West Midlands Bursary  Enable school and early years staff to undertake Outdoor Learning training.

Staff employed in a state funded setting in Derbyshire, Staffordshire or Shropshire who will be attending an RFS Outdoor Learning training course.




Bursaries from other organisations


 Commonwealth Forestry Association Young Forester Award

The CFA is committed to supporting the professional development of young foresters. The Young Forester Award is designed to support the professional development of foresters below 35 years of age through the provision of a short-term work placement in a country other than their own and consists of a designated placement combined with a bursary of between £1000 and £1500 to cover a stay of around three months with an established and renowned forestry organisation in order to meet their professional interest. The hosts share the desire to support the development of the next generation of foresters.

Partner organisations are all committed to sustainable forest management to help secure the future for our forests for people and the environment.


Forest Industries Education and Provident Fund 

The Education Fund makes awards to applicants for technical and professional courses such as chainsaw competency, but also for educational trips and activities, for example attending conferences that can help you to develop as a professional. The Trustees limit awards for the Education Fund to £750 per application.

The Provident Fund is available in cases of hardship, for example long-term illness, personal injury or death. It has more flexibility and all applications are treated in confidence by the Trustees.


Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust 

Nuffield is an organisation that awards individuals with life changing opportunities that span their personal and professional lives, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future. The trust has funding available to sponsor overseas travel and assist with a period of study, and is always looking to attract new candidates. The trust supports people working in farming, or work in an industry associated to agriculture and rural industry. 


Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the Canadian Insittute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada. Award winners are offered summer employment opportunities in Canada, in addition to a bursary of C$12,000 total (C$6,000 sponsored by TD Bank Group and C$6,000 from employer) to help cover travel and living expenses.


Scottish Forestry Trust

The Scottish Forestry Trust was established in 1983 by a gift of share capital, and its role is to provide funds by way of grants, to support research, education and training throughout the UK.  Since its establishment, the SFT has provided nearly £2.5m to fund over 160 projects ranging from supporting post graduate industry applied research, social and environmental forestry, policy formulation and broader public education and awareness. 


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. Thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership,gave generously so that a living memorial to him could benefit future generations of British people. 

As Sir Winston's national memorial, the trust carries forward his legacy by funding British citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of the current challenges facing the UK. Successful applicants are known as Churchill Fellows for life. No qualifications are required, just a project and the desire and motivation to improve their community, profession or field.