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RTPI Trust Bursary

Celebrating excellence and inclusivity

The RTPI Trust Bursary is available for undergraduates at RTPI accredited planning schools who meet the eligibility criteria. We recognise the value of widening access to the planning profession and want to continue celebrating and supporting students from a variety of backgrounds, particularly disabled students as well as those of African and Asian heritage.

The aim of this bursary is to:

  • Promote and support diversity within and to widen access to the planning profession
  • Highlight undergraduate student excellence in Planning Schools across the UK and Ireland.

A single, one-off payment of  £2000 will be awarded to four successful undergraduates who meet the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for the bursary applicants must:

  • Be enrolled on an accredited undergraduate course at an RTPI accredited Planning School in the UK* or Ireland
  • Be from an underrepresented group or background or have enrolled at the University via the University’s Widening Participation programme
  • Be eligible to work in the UK or Ireland after graduation
  • Be a student member of the RTPI

*The RTPI Trust Bursary is open to undergraduates from all RTPI accredited courses in the UK and Ireland who meet the eligibility criteria EXCEPT London Planning Schools for which the Michael Welbank Scholarship is intended

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the webform as well as clearly articulating in no more than 500 words why they should be considered for the bursary.

The deadline for applications has now closed. 

Westminster Council is keen to offer the opportunity to one or two bursary recipients to undertake a two-week work placement within their planning department. As part of their commitment to support a more diverse and representative workforce, work placements are open to students from Asian and Black communities only. Please note that this applies only to the work placement.

Bursary recipients who are eligible for the work placement will be contacted separately on the next steps.