APPLICATIONS are now open for the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) bursary schemes to support members and students to upskill or carry out research in 2021 and for teachers in Derbyshire, Staffordshire or Shropshire to attend an RFS Outdoor Learning training course.

Up to five £150 Spencer Bursaries will be awarded to students to cover the cost of attending any of the one-day in-person RFS training events in 2021 (subject to availability), including travel to the event. Applications close on 28 February 2021.

Up to four £300 Randle Travel Bursaries will be awarded to RFS members who plan independent overseas travel to study any aspect of forestry. Due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants have until May 2022 to complete their trip. Applications close on 30 April.

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The Viking Bursary 2021 will award up to £2,000, to an individual or divided between applicants at the discretion of the RFS Yorkshire Division committee. It aims to support students in higher education to contribute to the study of any aspect of forestry which benefits the practical management and resilience of woodlands.

The Yorkshire Bursary 2021 of £600 is made jointly by the RFS Yorkshire Division and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to a student born or living in Yorkshire or undertaking study or research of a forestry issue which affects Yorkshire.

The North-West Midlands Bursary of £100 supports school and early years staff to undertake Outdoor Learning training.

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