MSc bursary

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B.A. Krukoff Fellowship in Tropical African Botanical Systematics

We have a fully funded bursary available for a student accepted onto the MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation for the 2024-25 academic year.

The bursary is provided by the Bentham-Moxon Trust B.A. Krukoff Fund to support a student wishing to focus their MSc research project on Tropical African botany.

The bursary itself will be administered by RBG Kew.

The bursary provides £20,000 for a monthly stipend to cover accommodation, subsistence, daily travel allowance and costs associated with the fieldtrip.

Up to £5,000 is available for visa application costs, the UK Healthcare surcharge fee (as specified on the UK Government website) and travel to and from their home town/country at the beginning and the end of the course only.

The relevant tuition fees will be covered by the Trust in addition to the student allocation.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must: 

  • Be able to illustrate that they can meet the university conditions of entry onto the MSc in their application, and gain an unconditional offer by April 2023. You should not apply for a university place on the MSc until the bursary has been awarded to you. For further information on the eligibility criteria, particularly in relation to degree and English language requirements, see Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation MSc - Queen Mary University of London.
  • Demonstrate their experience in Tropical African systematic botany*.
  • Demonstrates an interest in systematic botany that aligns with Kew's Accelerated Taxonomy Priority as detailed in the Kew Science Strategy 2021-2025.
  • Demonstrate how they will continue to work and have an impact in Tropical African Botany* after they complete the course.

*Note - In this context, we consider tropical Africa to comprise those countries that are members of the African Union.

The bursary recipient must:

  • Be eligible to study in the UK. All applicants are advised to check the UK visa requirements and application processes as early as possible, to ensure that they fulfil any requirements before the start of the course in September 2024. See Visas and international student advice - Advice and Counselling Service for further information.
  • Not be in receipt of any other bursaries or grants for completion of an MSc in the 2024-25 academic year.

To apply, fill out the application form or email for the details. 

Applications close on Friday 15 December 2023. Interviews will take place in January 2024, after which a number of successful applicants will be asked to apply for a place on the MSc in February 2024. Any offer of a conditional place (for example due to the need of an IELTS English Language qualification), must be made unconditional by the end of April 2024 to secure the bursary. The Bentham-Moxon Trust will financially support successful students in gaining their IELTS qualification if required. 

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Other funding

Please keep checking this page for available MSc bursaries, and visit the websites of our MSc partners, Queen Mary University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London, where further funding opportunities are listed.