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RFS - Viking Bursary


The Viking bursary has been established thanks to a generous bequest by Mrs Sheila Jorgensen, a former RFS Yorkshire Division member, who requested the RFS set up a bursary to be known as the Viking Bursary, for study and travel. This bursary is part of the RFS Future Foresters programme.



  • Students in full time or part time higher education over the age of 18.
  • You must be registered with an approved university or college in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and studying forestry or a closely allied field, such as arboriculture, urban forestry, natural resources, conservation, geography or environmental science at that institution.
  • Students enrolled FdSc, BSc, MSc and PhD courses who are at an early stage in their careers, are eligible.
  • Only one application per person per year will be considered. 


Study Scope

Any aspect of forestry which benefits the practical management and resilience of woodlands and which:

  • is original, independent, self-directed study or research.
  • has clear study/research objectives, methods, outcomes and timeframe.

The scope includes course-related dissertations and theses. The area of study is limited to the UK with priority given to projects focused on England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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The bursary will fund all costs directly associated with the project including travel, accommodation and equipment. Candidates are expected to submit travel budgets with their application. Co-funding with other sources of funds is acceptable. Travel insurance, health insurance, access permissions and travel documentation are the responsibility of the award recipient. Successful candidates must comply with RFS Health and Safety policy and that of their educational institution for any field-work being proposed or undertaken



In most years we will make one award or more than one award up to a total value of £2,000. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to make awards that total over £2,000, depending on the standard of applications received by the deadline. The maximum amount for an individual award is £2,000. The committee also reserves the right to make no awards in any particular year.



There are two formal requirements for dissemination of the results of the project. First, the recipients are invited to submit an article that will be published by the RFS online, with an extract and link in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry to share their findings and experiences. Second, the successful candidate(s) is/are obliged to present their research to the RFS Yorkshire Division at an annual (evening) meeting, if required – travel to/from this event is deemed to be included in the bursary. The RFS may also choose to post the research/paper online. An RFS certificate is awarded to the candidate on successful publication of the article in the QJF.


 Application Procedure 

  • Download and complete all fields in the Viking Bursary Application Form.
  • Completed applications will only be accepted by email. Save and send your completed application in PDF format.
  • Completed applications should be submitted to
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April, 2020
  • Applications will be reviewed by RFS HQ and then shortlisted by the RFS Yorkshire Division Committee. The committee’s decision will be final.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome.
  • Please note that 85% of the bursary will be paid on award, 15% on successful publication of the final report in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry.
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