College Bursary Scheme

What is the College Bursary Scheme?

For the last two years the College has run a bursary scheme to support police officers and staff undertaking higher education academic study. The scheme promotes a policing culture which values continuing learning, and where our members are equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge to make decisions based on the best available evidence.

Police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales who are members of the College of Policing are eligible to apply for grants of up to £3,000 a year towards tuition fees, for up to two years of study, a maximum award of £6,000 per student. The scheme supports study at undergraduate and postgraduate study at an academic institution in the UK. The study programme must include a research component, for example, a module on social research methods, and applicants need to be able to explain how their selected programme of study is relevant to their current role or future professional development.

The scheme is only open to members of the College. You can join here to ensure that you are made aware of future schemes, and of other member offers and benefits.

If you have any questions about the scheme or need further information, contact us at

Can I apply now for a College bursary?
Applications for the 2017/18 scheme are now closed but we are intending to run another scheme in 2018. Confirmation of this, and further information on the scheme will be available here in spring 2018.

I applied to the 2017/18 scheme, when will I hear the outcome?
We received nearly 200 applications to the 2017/18 scheme which are currently being assessed by a team of internal and external assessors. Applicants will be notified by email on the outcome of this in early September 2017.

About the 2016/17 Bursary Scheme
In the 2016/17 scheme, applications were received from members of 28 police forces and 26 applicants received bursaries with over half awarded to police constables and sergeants and a further seven going to members of police staff. These awards are supporting learning and research on a wide range of policing and crime reduction topics such as cyber-security, criminology, leadership and psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

 You can read about 3 of our successful Bursary candidates from the 2016 / 17 scheme below.

Nikki D'Souza.jpgStaff Officer Nikki D’Souza

(Durham Constabulary)                         
The feasibility of undertaking restorative approaches in a serious and organised crime     context                               
Lorna_colour.jpgSergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins

(Sussex Police)
Body recovery from water study
Rob_Ewin.jpg​​​A/DS Robert Ewin

(Cumbria Constabulary)
​Vulnerability assessment in criminal justice                                  


We would like to hear from organisations who may be interested in part funding bursaries for police officers and staff in future years. If you are interested in discussing this and finding out what the potential benefits could be for your organisation please do contact us at