Marsh Trust Award

Studying a Horticultural Science PhD? With the Marsh Trust Award, you could receive £1,000 to go towards your career development

What is the Marsh Trust Award?

Established in 2005, the Marsh Trust Award is made possible thanks to a generous annual donation by the Marsh Charitable Trust.

The aim of the Award is to enable students to do something, not necessarily connected with their research project, that will enhance their career development. We see the awards as vital to encourage and support students in the UK who are pursuing horticultural science as a career.

Each year an Award is made to a winner, and another to a second applicant who is highly commended. The winner receives a sum of £1000 to go towards the career development activity identified by the successful applicant. The applicant who is chosen as highly commended receives a sum of £500.

How the Award is decided

The Award is made to the two students at the RHS’ annual PhD Symposium who, in the judgement of a panel made up of members of the RHS Science Committee, have given the best presentation in terms of the impact and quality of their research.

Those chosen will be invited to provide a synopsis of their research for Mr Marsh to review. He will then make a final decision on the winner and highly commended awards.

What happens next?

The decision as to the winner and highly commended awards will be shared with the students when Mr Marsh’s decision is known. The awards will be presented at the John MacLeod Annual Lecture in November.

Get in touch

If you have a question about the Marsh Trust Award or any queries about your application, please email Dr John David at [email protected].

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  • John MacLeod Annual Lecture: Held every autumn, this influential lecture invites prominent speakers to explore issues in horticultural science
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  • Science teams: Meet our teams, which include horticultural scientists, horticultural advisors and information specialists


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