Marsh Trust Award

Studying a Horticultural Science PhD? You could receive £1,000 towards your career development

The Marsh Trust Award is possible thanks to  a generous annual donation by the Marsh Trust.

The Award is paid to a PhD student carrying out research in horticultural science, based in the UK, who has made exceptional progress in their studies.

The aim of the Award is to enable the student to undertake an activity which will help with their career development which would otherwise not be possible.

The Award is a sum of £1,000 to go towards the career development activity identified by the successful applicant. There is also a Highly Commended Award of £500 which may be made to an applicant who, in Mr Marsh’s view, deserves recognition.

The final decision on the recipient is made by Mr Marsh, on the recommendation of the RHS Science Committee. Applicants can expect to know the outcome by mid-August. The Award will be presented at the RHS' John MacLeod Annual Lecture.

Nomination process

The nominated student should complete the application form and return to Dr John David.

The student’s lead academic supervisor needs to send a covering letter or email endorsing the student’s nomination.

Applications should be received by 31 July for consideration by Science Committee.

Completing the form

As Mr Marsh reviews the applications recommended by Science Committee, the applicant should provide a summary of their work in layman’s terms in Section 1.

While the Award is not conditional on the use to which the money is put, the applicant should give some indication of how the Award would make a difference to their career development. This should be given in Section 2.

The description of the project may contain more technical information but the applicant needs to emphasise the nature of their achievements to date in the progress of the project. This can be in terms of papers submitted or published; conference presentations; contributions to workshops or seminars; communication of the project to non peer-group audiences, such as through press, radio, TV or online.

Download the application form

Submitting the form

Completed forms and covering letters should be sent to Dr John David


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