Support to do research

Tools, networks and information to help with research on policing projects and interventions.

Apply for a College bursary

The 2021 scheme has now closed.

We'll provide updates of any further bursary schemes here. 

The College of Policing bursary offers a maximum of £4,000 in total towards two years of course fees at higher education level. For example, studying for a BSc/BA, Masters or PhD. The course needs to be with a recognised UK academic institution and include a research component.

You can apply for funding to support higher education study 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

Find out how officers and police staff have benefitted from the bursary.

Current recipients

Our bursary scheme has offered help towards the academic studies of around 350 police officers and staff since it was introduced in 2016.

This year we received 164 applications and made offers to 79 students, whose studies are now underway.

Subjects being studied this year include police leadership and management, applied investigations and psychology.

Of those awarded to police officers, three out of four bursaries went to police constables and sergeants. A quarter of the bursaries were awarded to police staff. Over a quarter of the bursary recipients had no previous experience of studying at higher education level.


Vicky Hebborn

Inspector Vicky Hebborn from Norfolk Constabulary is undertaking a Professional Doctorate examining the uniform selected for public order deployments and how this may impact on the way the officer perceives risk.

Vicky said:

My experience as a public order commander has given me lots of ideas for research which has the potential to change the way we make decisions and deploy officers.

Inspector Vicky Hebborn, Norfolk Police

Vicky Hebborn
Alan O'Donoghue

Alan O'Donoghue

Temporary Detective Inspector Alan O'Donoghue from Cleveland Police received a bursary to study on the Policing Studies programme at Liverpool John Moores. He found the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) calculator a useful tool for finding out how many credits a university might give him for his training and experience.

Alan intends to use the Academic Support Network on Knowledge Hub (you will need to log in) to seek advice and guidance when faced with the challenges of balancing his full time role as an investigator of non-recent homicides with his study commitments.

Bursary support

The Academic Support Network on Knowledge Hub (you will need to log in) is helpful for accessing peer-to-peer support if you are undertaking, or considering undertaking academic study. 

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

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