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Grants for Horticulturists
The Royal Horticultural Society
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Through its bursaries scheme, the RHS provides financial support for a wide range of horticultural projects both abroad and in the UK.  Bursaries generally range between 100 and 3,000.

Bursary Funds

The monies that translate into the bursaries are generated primarily from bequests and donations by benefactors wishing to further the interests of horticulture and horticultural education. On awarding a bursary the Committee will select the most appropriate fund for the proposed project . . .

Blaxall Valentine Bursary Fund

British Clematis Society Bursary Fund

Coke Trust Bursary Fund

Cottage Garden Society Bursary Fund

Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary Fund

E A Bowles Memorial Bursary Fund

Eric Cheseldine Memorial Bursary Fund

Gurney Wilson Bursary Fund

Jimmy Smart Memorial Bursary Fund

Osaka Travel Bursary Fund

RHS President's Bursary Fund

RHS General Bursary Fund

Susan Pearson Bursary Fund

William Rayner Bursary Fund

Which projects can receive a bursary?



Attendance and participation at conferences

Study tours to see plants in their native habitats

Expeditions for plant exploration and collection

Research on classification, physiology or diseases of the Clematis genus

Projects in connection with cottage gardens and/or cottage plants

Projects linked to the work of E A Bowles and his garden at Myddelton House

Projects connected to bulbs, alpines, or orchids

Voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens

One-year paid traineeship at a garden open to the public

Painting or drawing plants in their natural habitats

Exhibiting botanical artwork at an RHS Show

Projects with an educational or historical value

Short courses - only available to horticulturists

Projects linked to in-situ/ex-situ conservation projects (e.g. propagation of threatened plant species prior to their introduction)

Who can apply?

Professional and student horticulturists

Plant scientists




Other related professionals

Serious amateur gardeners

British and Irish institutions, charities and gardens open to the public

How to apply

Completed application forms must be submitted by one of the four closing dates: 15 December, 31 March, 30 June and 30 September and are reviewed by the RHS Bursaries Advisory Committee at the February, May, August and November meetings respectively.  For full details, please contact the Committee's Secretary or refer to the website below.

Contact details
Postal Address      The Secretary
RHS Bursaries Advisory Committee
RHS Garden Wisley
GU23 6QB
Telephone 01483 479719
Web Site http://www.rhs.org.uk/courses/bursaries
This page was last updated on 19 November 2012