Kenneth Black Bursary Scheme

Hardy Plant Society


Grant amount: £200 - £700

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Working Professional Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Training / Capacity Building, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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Overview:

The Hardy Plant Society offers a number of small bursaries, for students and for people who are employed in horticulture. Our aim is to stimulate interest in growing hardy herbaceous plants and to provide a deeper understanding of them. As part of our fulfilment of our Charitable Objectives we are able to offer the bursaries in response to a generous legacy from Mr Kenneth Black, who worked as a council gardener. They are not competitive and there are no application deadlines. We hope to make a decision within a month of receiving the application.

A successful applicant will receive free membership of the HPS for the year in which the work takes place (depending upon the calendar this may be longer than one year).

Descriptions of the bursaries

We have designed the bursaries specifically for students at colleges and universities studying subjects related to horticulture (but not necessarily restricted to hardy plants) and for horticulturalists in employment.

In both cases our general intention is to provide for travel and subsistence, relevant to the applicant’s horticultural learning and development. Examples include visits to places such as botanical gardens, note-worthy gardens, libraries, National Collections or herbaria which are overseas or not within easy reach of the workplace or home university or college. We may also consider things like study-day fees or short course fees.

The value of bursaries for students will normally be between £200 and £500, exceptionally £700; for employed people they will normally be limited to £500, exceptionally £700, for any one applicant.

Bursaries for students

The bursaries are open to undergraduate students studying horticultural subjects in the UK or UK-registered post-graduate students during project work. They are essentially extra support for students during either project work or study modules on topics broadly related to our aims and objectives. In such studies we are happy to accept ‘hardy’ to mean either cold or drought hardiness. We also consider conservation and propagation of hardy plants an appropriate subject.

As stated in ‘Descriptions of the Bursaries’ one of our targets is the provision of funds to support travel and subsistence away from the home institution, and we would normally expect materials and equipment for project work to be available within the college. However, where there are good reasons for this not being the case a student may make an application for funding for materials and equipment. The value of grants for materials and equipment will normally be £500, exceptionally £700, but this can be supplemented by funds from other sources such as college or other charitable funds.

Bursaries for people in employment

The bursaries are designed to help those employed in the horticultural sector develop their knowledge and understanding. ‘Development’ is key to our awarding a bursary. Although we expect that the bursary will be largely used in the support of travel and subsistence as outlined in ‘Description of the Bursaries’, we would consider similar development exercises.

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Eligibility:

  • Bursaries for students:
    • The bursaries are open to undergraduate students studying horticultural subjects in the UK or UK-registered post-graduate students during project work. 
  • Bursaries for people in employment
    • The bursaries are designed to help those employed in the horticultural sector develop their knowledge and understanding.

Ineligibility:

  • We have no intention of providing the whole of the fees for a college award, nor, as a registered charity bound by our constitution, can we award a bursary simply to improve an applicant’s general finances.