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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