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.

Anticipated Opening Date

Bursary Schemes

 Scheme Focus 

Application Closing Date

Spring 2017 

Monica Baly Bursary

Studies in the History of Nursing


Spring 2017 

Professional Bursary Scheme 

  • Primary care nursing
  • Long term/chronic conditions
  • Blood cancer - New! Funds provided by Leukaemia Care



RCN Foundation and Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship

UK registered nurses and midwives wishing to demonstrate the role of clinical leadership in the management of long term conditions



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.


Autumn 2017 

Margaret Parkinson Scholarship

Graduates commencing pre-registration nursing courses



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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