Which projects can receive funding?

Exploring forests in JapanProjects with a very clear relevance to horticulture are eligible to be considered for a bursary.

They include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational and training courses no longer than two or three days in duration and not leading to a qualification - only available to horticulturists
  • Expeditions for plant exploration and collection
  • Study tours to see plants in their native habitats
  • Voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens
  • Conferences: attendance and participation
  • Traineeship: one year paid traineeship at a garden open to the public
  • Botanical artwork: painting or drawing plants in their natural habitats, or exhibiting at an RHS Show
  • Other: Taxonomy, Research, Educational, or any other with a clear relevance to horticulture

What can a bursary be used for?

students at workFunding obtained via a bursary can be used to cover, or contribute towards the costs of:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Essential equipment costs (where reasonable)
  • Administration (e.g. obtaining health insurance, travel visa, CITES/collecting permits)
  • Other (e.g. costs of a driver, or an interpreter)
  • Obtaining high quality plant labelling
  • Recording collections
  • Supporting the publication (at the Committee’s discretion) of specialist, small circulation horticultural books

Funding cannot be given for the following

  • To cover salaries 
  • Paying of household expenses (e.g. utility bills)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. poly-tunnels, pergolas, buildings)
  • Commercial enterprises
  • Courses which lead to a qualification or accreditation
  • Costs related to undertaking a course (e.g. purchasing of books and materials)

Who can apply?

  • Professional and student gardeners/horticulturists
  • Plant and soil scientists
  • Botanists
  • Arboriculturists
  • Landscapers
  • Botanical artists
  • Other related professionals
  • Serious amateur gardeners
  • British & Irish institutions, colleges, charities and gardens open to the public

Where can the project take place?


  • British & Irish Citizens (i.e. holders of either a British or Irish passport) may undertake a horticultural project anywhere in the world. 
  • Other passport holders, resident or in employment (for a minimum of two years) or students enrolled on a horticulture course of a minimum 2 year duration in Britain or Ireland might also be considered for a bursary to undertake a project anywhere in the world, if their proposal is considered appropriate and advantageous to their horticultural development.
  • All others may apply for funding, but only for horticultural projects undertaken in the United Kingdom or Ireland.


  • British & Irish institutions, charities, and gardens open to the public may apply for funding to undertake a horticultural project anywhere in the world. 
  • All others may apply, but only for horticultural projects undertaken in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Above references to Britain/British encompass: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and the British Overseas Territories.

Further information

RHS Bursaries Manager, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Tel: 01483 479719
Email: bursaries@rhs.org.uk

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