What happens after my bursary?

If you are awarded a bursary you will be required to produce a written report within three months of completion of your project.

All reports are assessed by a judging panel of RHS staff associated with Botany, the Lindley Library, and RHS Media. A short list of reports is then prepared for final assessment by members of the RHS Bursaries Committee.
Each year two main prizes are awarded. The major prize of £500 is given to the individual whose report is considered to reflect the highest standard of report writing, while the other prize of £250 goes to the person who is judged to have personally gained the most from his/her project.

Read previous reports

RHS Libraries are a great resource of information when preparing your application, researching for your project, or writing up your report. Copies of all RHS bursary reports are kept at Wisley Library.
Reports submitted since 2010 can also be read on-screen at Wisley Garden Library. PDFs of reports may also be requested by email from the Wisley library. Physical copies of bursary reports are kept in off-site storage and must be requested two weeks in advance. 
You can find records of RHS Bursary reports via the library online catalogue, use the search term 'RHS Bursary Reports' in the Subject field. To find shortlisted or prize-winning bursaries – the best examples – use the search term bursary and (short$ or winner$) or see reports from latest winners below.

Recent Bursary Report prize winners

£500 Prize

  • Robert Blackhall-Miles & Ben Ram - A further study of the high altitude Proteaceae in the Western Cape of South Africa, 2018
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  • Alison Smith - Western Australia comes to the Eden Project, 2017 
  • Robert Blackhall-Miles & Ben Ram - Study Of The High Altitude Proteaceae in the Western Cape of South Africa, 2015
  • Dr Grace Barrett – Horticultural Science, a US Perspective, 2015
  • Aimee Beth Browning – An Alpine Garden Society Study Tour to Yunnan, China, 2014
  • Elspeth Mackintosh – Plant collecting expedition to the Altai Republic Russia, 2013

£250 Prize

  • Charlotte Bancroft - Following in Harold Comber’s Footsteps, 2018
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  • Ian Tocher - The annual Euro Trials meeting and associated Garden Tours in Northern Germany, 2017
  • Becky Cross - Orchids of Thailand, 2016
  • Alex Hankey - A journey through the Western Cape, South Africa, 2014
  • Makiko Kuga – A study of cultural practices of chrysanthemums at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo, Japan, 2014
  • Rebecca Bevan – 21st Century Horticulture in the Midwest, 2013

More information

The RHS Bursaries Manager, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Telephone: 01483 479719
Email: Bursaries

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