RHS Bursaries

    Which projects can receive funding?

    Projects with a very clear relevance to horticulture are eligible to be considered for a bursary. They include, but are not limited to:

    • Expeditions for plant exploration and collection

    • Study tours to see plants in their native habitats

    • Voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens

    • Conferences: attendance and participation

    • Traineeship: one year paid traineeship at a garden open to the public

    • Botanical artwork: painting or drawing plants in their natural habitats, or exhibiting at an RHS Show

    • Educational and training courses no longer than two or three days in duration and not leading to a qualification - only available to horticulturists

    • Other: Taxonomy, Research, Educational, or any other with a clear relevance to horticulture


    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


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    What can a bursary be used for?

    Funding, obtained via a bursary can be used to cover, or contribute towards the costs of:

    • Travel

    • Accommodation

    • Food

    • Essential equipment costs (where reasonable)

    • Administration (e.g. obtaining health insurance, travel visa, CITES/collecting permits)

    • Other (e.g. costs of a driver, or an interpreter)

    • Obtaining high quality plant labelling

    • Recording collections

    • Supporting the publication (at the Committee’s discretion) of specialist, small circulation horticultural books

    Funding is not given for the following:

    • To cover salaries (unless it is a one year traineeship at a garden open to the public applied for via the Susan Pearson Bursary)

    • 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)

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