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RFS - Randle Travel Bursary


The 2017 funding round is now complete.
The 2018 funding round will be announced January 2018. 


Through the generosity of the Trustees of the Donald Randle Trust, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is able to offer bursaries to support members to travel overseas to enhance their forestry knowledge. Over the years, bursaries from the Randle Travel Fund (RTF) have helped a large number of RFS members, and promoted significant knowledge sharing and exchange.

In 2017 the bursary has been awarded to three successful applicants for projects that involve charcoal production in Brazil, Slovenian forestry and Araucaria trees in Argentina.

Each bursary is £300. And the recipients are invited to submit an article to the Quarterly Journal of Forestry to share their findings and experiences. The 2017 bursary winners are:

  • Manuela Czinar, PhD researcher, Imperial College, London 
  • Chloe Darling, who organised the Whole Society Meeting in Gloucestershire in 2011 and the RFS Overseas Study Tour in Vermont in 2016
  • Jennifer Greaves, Operation Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage

Find out about their plans and see what previous bursary recipents have studied and written here.

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2017 Randle Travel Bursary recipient Manuela Czinar will be carrying out a  sustainability assessment and monitoring of charcoal production in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. 

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2016 Randle Travel Bursary recipient Zubairu Yakubu examined the contribution of indigenous fruits to livelihood and rural nutrition in North Western Nigeria 

If you have ever wanted to travel and extend your forestry knowledge why not apply to the Randle Travel Fund? We may not be able to cover all the costs for some projects, but we can help! Details of the Randle Travel Bursary 2018 will be available shortly.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must either be a current RFS individual or student member or work full-time for a RFS corporate member. RFS membership must be confirmed prior to the deadline for receipt of applications.

The Randle Travel Fund bursary will provide £300 to cover part or all of the subsistence and travel costs when taking part in any of the following:

  • RFS Overseas Study Tours, either organised by the RFS Head Office or local RFS Division.
  • Individual trips abroad organised specifically to enhance your forestry knowledge.

Randle Travel Fund bursaries exclude group expeditions or participation in tours or courses organised by other bodies, education establishments and commercial enterprises.

Projects should be completed within 12 months of a bursary being awarded. 

It is a condition of the Randle Travel Bursary Fund that each recipient must submit a written report (1500-2000 words) to RFS within three months of completion of the project. The report will be considered for publication in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry.

How to Apply

To apply for a bursary from the Randle Travel Fund you must complete and submit an application as follows:

  • Download and complete the Randle Travel Fund application form. The application form is available under the Resources section, above right. Please provide all the requested information. This should outline your learning/study objectives and your approach. In addition, please include your budget and clarify how the project will be funded if the total costs exceed £300.
  • Please save and submit an application in PDF format
  • Applications will only be received by email at Include “Randle Travel Fund Application” in your subject header.

All applications will be treated with strictest confidence. A committee will be appointed by RFS to review all applications. No other information will be used to assess each application. Successful bursary recipients will be notified by the end of February 2018.

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