College Bursary Scheme

The application window for the 2018 College Bursary Scheme has now closed. We intend to run a similar scheme in 2019, subject to funding. For information on future schemes keep an eye out for updates on this page and in your regular College membership emails and newsletters. We will announce further details in Spring 2019.  If you would like to know more about the Scheme 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.

Subject to meeting eligibility criteria, police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales who are members of the College of Policing can 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 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 be able 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.

The scheme is only open to members of the College.  You can access all the details of the Scheme and download the application forms from the Membership site.

If you are not yet a College Member, you can find joining instructions 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

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