RHS Bursaries

Which projects can receive funding?

Exploring forests in JapanProjects with a very clear relevance to horticulture are eligible for funding. These  included, but are not limited to:

  • Study tours, which may include seeing plants in their native habitat or visits to gardens, plant nurseries and horticultural institutions
  • Voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens
  • Conferences: attendance and participation
  • Educational and training courses no longer than two or three days in duration and not leading to a qualification - only available to horticulturists
  • Botanical artwork: painting or drawing plants in their natural habitats, or exhibiting at an RHS Show
  • Other: taxonomy, research or any other with a clear relevance to horticulture

What can a bursary be used for?

students at workFunding can be used to cover, or contribute towards the costs of:

  • Travel, accommodation, food
  • Obtaining high quality plant labelling and recording collections
  • Supporting the publication (at the Committee’s discretion) of specialist, small circulation horticultural books

Funding cannot be given for the following

  • To cover salaries 
  • Paying of household expenses (e.g. utility bills)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. poly-tunnels, pergolas, buildings)
  • Commercial enterprises
  • Courses which lead to a qualification or accreditation
  • Costs related to undertaking a course (e.g. purchasing of books and materials)

Who can apply?

  • Professional and student gardeners/horticulturists
  • Plant and soil scientists
  • Botanists
  • Arboriculturists
  • Landscapers
  • Botanical artists
  • Other related professionals
  • Serious amateur gardeners
  • British & Irish institutions, colleges, charities and gardens open to the public

Where can the project take place?

During 2021, projects may only take place within the British Isles.

How are RHS bursaries funded?

Our bursaries are possible thanks to charitable donations and bequests from benefactors wishing to further the interests of horticultural education.

How do I donate to the RHS bursaries fund?

If you would like to support these funds please contact:
The RHS Bursaries Co-ordinator, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB 
Tel: 01483 479719 
Email: bursaries@rhs.org.uk

How do I contact the Bursaries team?

The RHS Bursaries Co-ordinator, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB 
Tel: 01483 479719
Email: bursaries@rhs.org.uk 

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