College Bursary Scheme 2016/17

The College Bursary Scheme provides an opportunity for police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales to apply for funding to support a programme of higher education academic study.  It supports police practitioners to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise in the use of research, to extend the reach of evidence based practice, and to contribute to their continuing professional development.  Police practitioners can apply for up to £3,000 per year for up to two years of study, a maximum of £6,000 in total.

In this year’s scheme, the College expects to award bursaries to around 15-20 practitioners. High demand for the scheme this year may strengthen our case for funding to be made available in future years, when we hope to run a similar scheme again.

Further details on the Scheme, including the eligibility criteria, application and selection process, can be found in the Scheme's Frequently Asked Questions document.

The 2016/17 College Bursary Scheme is now closed and we cannot accept any further applications.

The initial sift and assessment for the 2016/17 Bursary Scheme has now been completed. An Assessment Panel will meet on the week beginning 21 November to agree the final shortlist. We are intending to notify applicants of the outcome of their application in early December.

We are not yet in a position to confirm whether a College Bursary Scheme will run again in 2017/18. We will keep this page updated with any information about future schemes from early 2017. If you would like to receive an email about any future schemes and related College work, please email to be added to our distribution list.

If you have any questions about the Scheme or require any further information please contact us at

Others ways the College can support members with research and study.

Some of the College's current services that can support you if you are undertaking research and academic study include:

  • The Academic Support Network* on POLKA – this is a new community for those studying for academic qualifications.  It facilitates members to support each other through sharing ideas and tips to overcome common challenges such as feelings of isolation, managing finances and having to juggle the demands of studying with working.  The community allows members to share ideas about the practicalities of carrying out research and applying evidence-based practice.
  • National Police Library – this resource provides police officers and staff with free access to an extensive collection of books, e-resources and online journals as well as allowing members to sign up to email alerts for recently released relevant material.  Please note the Library will be moving this autumn, you can find more information about the move here.  
  • Research Surgeriesour surgeries are open to all police and staff practitioners who have questions about research methods and research design.  They allow you to seek tailored advice on your research project from experts.  Monthly surgeries are run regionally.
  • The Policing and Crime Reduction Research Map – researchers are encouraged to share short summaries of ongoing research of Masters' level and above.  This Map has been designed to increase opportunities for research collaboration and limit duplication.

* You must be logged into POLKA for this link to work

 College Bursary Scheme downloads