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Financial Support and Bursaries

Forestry Development Support

The forestry sector provides a wide range of support opportunities to help individuals, groups or organisations to further develop their knowledge, skills and experience. On this page you will find a range of links to available funding and support offered by organisations who support those wishing to develop their own forestry knowledge skills and experience.

  •  Arboricultural Association Research Grants – The Arboricultural Association offers a grant to support research into a relevant arboricultural topic on an annual basis. Applications are invited for funding of up to £10,000 for projects based within the UK. The grant will be awarded at the discretion of the Arboricultural Association to support work considered appropriate.

  •  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 (eg attending conferences). The trustees limit awards from the Education Fund to £750 per application. The Provident Fund, which is available in cases of hardship, such as through long term illness, death or injury, has more flexibility and all applications are treated in confidence by the trustees (so no article is required).

  •  ICF Education and Scientific Trust  The ICF’s Educational and Scientific Trust (EST) was established in 1984 as a charity that aims to advance education in all aspects of forestry and arboriculture. The Trust is targeted towards students and persons in the early stage of their forestry or arboriculture career who would benefit most from financial help with their professional development.

  • Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between 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.

  • Royal Forestry Society – Spencer Bursary. The Spencer Bursary was donated to provide current or recently graduated students of forestry related course with the opportunity to attend RFS events. The RFS is offering up to 5 Spencer Bursaries to the value of £150 each. The bursary must be used to pay for entry into any of the RFS events listed below with the rest of the money used on travel and subsistence costs on the day of the event.
  • Royal Forestry Society – Randle Travel Bursary. Through the generosity of the Trustees of the Donald Randle Trust, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is able to offer bursaries to support members to travel overseas to enhance their forestry knowledge.
  • Royal Forestry Society – Yorkshire Bursary. The Yorkshire Bursary is to enable a student to take the opportunity to study or research either an independent or collaborative forestry project.  The bursary can be used to fund all or part of travel and subsistence, both in the UK and abroad.
  • Royal Forestry Society – Viking Bursary. The Viking bursary has been established thanks to a generous bequest by Mrs Sheila Jorgensen, a former RFS Yorkshire Division member, who requested the RFS set up a bursary to be known as the Viking Bursary, for study and travel. The intention is to make one award of £2,000 annually. RFS may make two awards, or none depending on the standard of applications. This bursary is part of the RFS Future Foresters programme.

  •  Woodland Heritage – Garthwaite Travel Bursaries Since 1994 through the inspiration of our late Patron, Peter Garthwaite OBE, we have supported foresters of all ages to travel to many countries to study aspects of forestry, or wood processing outside the UK. Some twenty years on many of these individuals remain in touch and are still putting their experiences to good use. Previous countries include the USA, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, France, Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Austria and Canada.

  • Scotish Forestry Trust – Tree Health Scottish Bursary The Scottish Forestry Trust has partnered with Forestry Commission Scotland to establish the Tree Health Scotland Bursary Scheme supporting up to 5 PhD research projects on tree health issues affecting Scotland.
  •  The Scotish Forestry Trust – General Funding Applications are welcome for general assistance projects which fall outside the scope of the Bursary Award Scheme and which can demonstrate a benefit to the wider UK forestry sector. To assist applicants in preparing the best possible case to the Trust, we have prepared a short guidance note, which indicates the criteria that Trustees are looking for in completed applications. The guidance note is availbele at the Scotish Forestry Trust website.