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RFS - Spencer Bursary

The Spencer Bursary is made possible thanks to a generous bequest by the late John Anthony Spencer with the purpose of providing current students or recent graduates of forestry (and related courses) with the opportunity to attend RFS events.

In most years we offer up to 5 Spencer Bursaries to the value of £150 each. The bursary must be used to pay for entry into an approved RFS event, with the rest of the money used for travel and subsistence costs on the day of the event.

Meet past recipients here

Applications must be submitted by email on the appropriate form (see download, right) but please also read the rules and instructions for applicants (below).

Due the outbreak of Covid-19,Treescapes2020 has been postponed. The conference will now take place on the 30th June and 1st July 2021.

Any Spencer Bursary applications already recieved will remain active unless you request otherwise. We will continue to accept new Spencer Bursary applications for Treescapes 2021.



To be eligible for the Spencer Bursary please consider the following criteria: 

  • You must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student undertaking a forestry or forestry-related degree at a British university.You need to be a RFS student member at the time of your application.

  • You need to fill in and return by email the application form and supporting documents.
  • All documents emailed to RFS should be saved/submitted in PDF format. 
  • In your application email, please explain why you are applying and what you hope to learn from the conference. (2-3 sentences maximum.) 
  • We will let everyone know if they have been awarded a bursary within a week of the deadline.
  • Each bursary is worth £150.00, to be collected as a cheque or BACS transfer on the day of the event.
  • Successful applicants should register for a place at the conference (places will be reserved for bursary recipients). 

To apply, please complete the application form (see download, above right). You can register for the conference after you have heard whether you have been successful.

Please send the application form and supporting document to the RFS at:


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