College bursary scheme

We will be running a bursary scheme in 2019. Information will be added to this page as it becomes available and will also be shared via your regular College membership emails and newsletters. We will announce further details in March 2019.  If you would like to know more about the scheme in general, please read on.

What is the College bursary scheme?

For the last three 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. 

Under previous schemes, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales have been able to apply for grants to contribute to the cost of tuition fees, for up to two years of study. The scheme supports study at undergraduate and postgraduate level 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 explain how their selected programme of study is relevant to their current role or future professional development.

Just under 150 police officers and staff from 36 forces have been offered bursary funding across the three schemes run to date (2016, 2017 and 2018). Qualifications being undertaken include both undergraduate and postgraduate level across a range of disciplines including policing, criminology, cyber-security, leadership and psychology. Recipients are undertaking courses at approximately 45 higher education institutions.  Six out of ten of those awarded funding were constables and sergeants and just under a quarter were police staff. This is the first experience of higher education study for around a third of all those supported.

You can refer to the FAQ from last year’s scheme (link top right of this page) to give you a better idea re eligibility criteria and the application process. Please note however that these are subject to change and you should check details of the 2019 scheme once these are released.

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

College Bursary Scheme case studies:

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