The object of this fund is to give small bursaries to support research and education projects specifically relating to Rhododendrons, Camellias or Magnolias, which further our knowledge of and/or promote these three genera. This could also be a grant towards travel expenses involved in carrying out the research.
The successful applicant would undertake to produce a paper outlining the results of the project, within three months of completion of the project, for publication (but not exclusively) in an RCMG publication and/or Group web site.
Applicants can apply for a bursary towards research anywhere in the world.
Applications will be subject to scrutiny on a first come first serve basis, by a small panel appointed by the RCMG, and must show clear objectives and the methods for achieving these. If desired, a preliminary outline of a proposal can be discussed with John Marston to assess its suitability before applying formally.
Applications may be made at any time in the year, but in any case, a minimum of twelve weeks must be allowed before the start of the proposed project. Bursaries cannot be given retrospectively.
Anyone interested in applying for a Bursary should download the application form. You may make your entries direct onto the form on your computer and either email or alternatively print out and post. Just right click on the link below and save the file on your computer.
|Fillable Application form|
Mark Bobin (September 2019) Head Gardener at Minterne Gardens, Dorset.
£1000 awarded to help him visit Arunachal Pradesh in October 2019. As a member of the expedition arranged by Group member, Keith Rushforth, he will be trekking in a group of four exploring the hills above Mipi, studying and recording the plants and their natural habitat. He will be focusing on Rhododendron species, with the aim of improving his knowledge and understanding and studying their taxonomy.
Richard Holman (September 2017) Working gardener at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall.
£500 awarded for expedition to look at Rhododendron species in North East India and to study their taxonomy. The aim is to aid his expertise in Rhododendron species. An article has been written and may appear in RCMG Year Book 2019.
Harry Watkins (April 2017) Postgraduate research student.
£500 awarded for research into Magnolia species that could be used in urban forestry as part of three year PhD project with the Department of Landscape, Sheffield University. The award was for work with Sichuan Forestry Academy looking at Magnolia sargentiana as a case study. He is now in Japan for the second part of his research which has another year or so to run. No results so far.