The Spencer Bursary

The Spencer Bursary provides current students or recent graduates of forestry (and related courses) 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.

Applications for 2022 events are now closed. Applications for 2023 events will open in January 2023.


You must be:

An undergraduate or postgraduate student undertaking a forestry or forestry-related degree at a British University.

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. Successful bursary recipients will be notified by mid April.

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

2019 Winners

Emily Warner- Oxford University,  Alan Varker- Harper Adams, Liam O’Keefe- Harper Adams