RHS Bursaries Covid-19 Statement

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the RHS Bursaries scheme has, unfortunately, had to suspend applications for the foreseeable future. Currently, we are unable to provide any information as to when the application process will re-open and would kindly ask that you monitor the website for further updates.
If you have a general enquiry regarding RHS Bursaries please email chrismoncrieff@rhs.org.uk.

Which projects can receive funding?

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

  • Educational and training courses no longer than two or three days in duration and not leading to a qualification - only available to horticulturists
  • 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
  • Other: Taxonomy, Research, Educational, 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
  • 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 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?


  • British & Irish Citizens (i.e. holders of either a British or Irish passport) may undertake a horticultural project anywhere in the world
  • Other passport holders, resident or in employment (for a minimum of two years) or students enrolled on a horticulture course of a minimum 2 year duration in Britain or Ireland might also be considered for a bursary to undertake a project anywhere in the world, if their proposal is considered appropriate and advantageous to their horticultural development
  • All others may apply for funding, but only for horticultural projects undertaken in the United Kingdom or Ireland


  • British & Irish institutions, charities, and gardens open to the public may apply for funding to undertake a horticultural project anywhere in the world
  • All others may apply, but only for horticultural projects undertaken in the United Kingdom or Ireland

Above references to Britain/British encompass: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and the British Overseas Territories.

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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