Other Sources of Funding
Several organisations offer bursaries and scholarships to support independent study, personal growth and career development. Several make specific awards for people engaged in forestry or the natural resources sectors.
Funding organisations include:
- Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) Young Forester Award [Funding for overseas work placement]
- Forest Industries Education and Provident Fund [Awards for technical and professional courses, educational trips and other activities related to the forestry sector]
- Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust [Awards for farming and rural sectors]
- Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award [Awards for senior forestry students to undertake a work placement exchange in Canada]
- Scottish Forestry Trust [Awards for forestry research, training and education]
- Winston Churchill Memorial Trust [Awards in some years specific to forestry professionals]
Commonwealth Forestry Association Young Forester Award
The CFA is committed to supporting the professional development of young foresters. The Young Forester Award is designed to support the professional development of foresters below 35 years of age through the provision of a short-term work placement in a country other than their own and consists of a designated placement combined with a bursary of between £1000 and £1500 to cover a stay of around three months with an established and renowned forestry organisation in order to meet their professional interest. The hosts share the desire to support the development of the next generation of foresters.
Partner organisations are all committed to sustainable forest management to help secure the future for our forests for people and the environment.
The Education Fund makes awards to applicants for technical and professional courses such as chainsaw competency, but also for educational trips and activities, for example attending conferences that can help you to develop as a professional. The Trustees limit awards for the Education Fund to £750 per application.
The Provident Fund is available in cases of hardship, for example long-term illness, personal injury or death. It has more flexibility and all applications are treated in confidence by the Trustees.
Nuffield is an organisation that awards individuals with life changing opportunities that span their personal and professional lives, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future. The trust has funding available to sponsor overseas travel and assist with a period of study, and is always looking to attract new candidates. The trust supports people working in farming, or work in an industry associated to agriculture and rural industry.
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Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award
The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the Canadian Insittute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada. Award winners are offered summer employment opportunities in Canada, in addition to a bursary of C$12,000 total (C$6,000 sponsored by TD Bank Group and C$6,000 from employer) to help cover travel and living expenses.
The Scottish Forestry Trust was established in 1983 by a gift of share capital, and its role is to provide funds by way of grants, to support research, education and training throughout the UK. Since its establishment, the SFT has provided nearly £2.5m to fund over 160 projects ranging from supporting post graduate industry applied research, social and environmental forestry, policy formulation and broader public education and awareness. The Trust is a charity registered in Scotland.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. Thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership,gave generously so that a living memorial to him could benefit future generations of British people.
As Sir Winston's national memorial, the trust carries forward his legacy by funding British citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of the current challenges facing the UK. Successful applicants are known as Churchill Fellows for life. No qualifications are required, just a project and the desire and motivation to improve their community, profession or field.