Applications open for College bursary scheme 2022

Published on 14 March 2022
Applications for higher education funding close on Monday 4 April 2022.
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Applications are open for the 2022 College of Policing bursary scheme, which offers people in policing up to £4,000 for higher education study. Research resulting from these studies could be used to shape the future standards and guidance of policing.

You can apply to the bursary scheme if you are:

  • a police officer working in England and Wales
  • a member of police staff working in England and Wales
  • a National Crime Agency (NCA) member of staff

Bursary money can only be used to fund academic study at Level 6 and above. This covers undergraduate and postgraduate level qualifications, such as bachelor's and master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas and doctorates.

You don't need any previous learning qualifications to apply and some course providers offer credits for prior experience and learning. 

The course needs to be with a recognised UK academic institution and include a research component. 

To apply, you need to complete:

  • an application form
  • an equal opportunities form

These should be returned to [email protected] by 11.59pm on Monday 4 April.

The bursary panel tries to ensure awardees are representative of policing. Since 2016, 60% have been constable or sergeant rank and around a quarter have been police staff. Read about past recipients of the bursary

PC Catherine Vollentine, from Hampshire Constabulary, was a recipient of the 2021 bursary and has over 20 years’ experience working in policing. She shared her top tip for applying.

Take time to plan your application, really consider how your research or study can develop you and enhance professional practice.

PC Catherine Vollentine, Hampshire Constabulary

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