RCN Foundation Bursary Schemes 

Scholarships, bursaries, learning and development opportunities available for Nurses, Midwives and Health Care Assistants. 

Our scholarships, bursaries and grants fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities, providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care. 

The RCN Foundation believes that patients deserve the best possible experience and care, delivered by well trained and high performing professionals. 

For nurses to be able to keep up to date with new developments and use their knowledge and skills to transform the care their patients receive, it is important they engage in development opportunities and shared learning.

Below is a list of all RCN Foundation scholarships, bursaries and Grants available now and throughout the year. Please click on a bursary scheme you are interested in to learn more.

We also have the following pages available: 

  • Tips for applying - helpful advice on applying for our bursaries or schemes
  • Making a difference – learn more about the education, training and projects some of our bursaries have funded

If you have an enquiry about applying for any of the below bursaries, please contact the RCN Foundation via email grants@rcnfoundation.org.uk or telephone 020 7647 3645. 


Anticipated Opening Date

Bursary Schemes

 Scheme Focus 

Application Closing Date


Monica Baly Bursary

Studies in the History of Nursing



Mair Scholarship

Occupational Health Nursing in Scotland



Professional Bursary Scheme 

  • Primary care nursing
  • Long term/chronic conditions



RCN Foundation and Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship

Scholarships of up to £5,000 available to nurses and midwives wishing to demonstrate the role of clinical leadership in the management of long term conditions. We would be particularly interested in applicants who wish to travel and study new models of care, patient safety and improvement projects, and bring back evidence to improve the care of people with long term conditions in their local community and the wider UK.



Rae Bequest Training and Marcia Mackie Funding

The Rae Bequest Fund is available to registered nurses currently practicing in Northern Ireland who wish to undertake a course or programme that will enhance nursing practice and service delivery. The Marcia Mackie Fund is available to registered nurses currently practicing in Northern Ireland who wish to enhance nursing practice through personal professional development or research.



Margaret Parkinson Scholarship

Graduates commencing pre-registration nursing courses

31 August 2017


RCN Worshipful Company of Needlemakers

Open to all nurses and midwives currently registered in the UK bursaries of up to £1,000 to assist with funding learning and development activities that enhance patient care


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