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Bursary scheme 2023 – applications now open

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Applications for higher education funding are open and close on Monday 3 April.
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  • Applications for the 2023 bursary scheme closed on Monday 3 April 2023.

Applications are open for the 2023 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 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 for a College bursary, you need to complete an application form. We also encourage applicants to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form.

These forms should be returned to [email protected] by 11:59pm on Monday 3 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.

Shrey Jhalani was a recipient of the 2022 bursary. He is the Business Change and Engagement Manager at Derbyshire Constabulary, and is currently seconded to the National Digital Forensics Programme. He has started his second year (part-time PhD) with a bursary contribution from the College, continuing his research into how effective the current policing and forensic science processes are.

Shrey's tip for bursary applicants is to choose a subject you're enthusiastic about and that you find interesting.

When I started studying again after 13 years I was nervous, but I was passionate about policing and forensic science and this has helped me to get going with my PhD.

Pick a subject or topic you are passionate about and that will keep you going.

Shrey Jhalani, College of Policing bursary recipient

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