IDS Travel Bursary 2024

The International Dendrology Society is offering a travel bursary for a student or full-time employee under 30 years of age on 31 Dec 2023 to join a group of IDS members on one of our popular tours. This is an outstanding opportunity to see trees both in arboreta and gardens and growing in their native habitat, and to travel with knowledgeable IDS members and botanists.

We would like the applicant to explain very clearly why travelling to a particular destination will be an asset to their chosen career path. We will only be supporting one student, and the maximum budget is £5,000; for some tours this will cover both the tour price and travel; for more expensive tours you will have to raise the balance yourselves (NB: the tour to Bhutan will cost c.$10,000. Prices quoted on the following links do not include travel to the start of tour.)

For further information about the tours, see the following links:

The successful applicant must:

  • Be a student of botany or horticulture or employed full time in a botanic garden, private garden or similar organisation, and be under 30 years of age on 31 December 2023.
  • Have good spoken English
  • Be primarily studying woody plants
  • Be able to help with botanical and identification issues while on the tour
  • Have an outgoing and friendly personality
  • Write up the tour for the IDS Yearbook. The IDS is happy for the tour report to be written in English, French, German or Italian, and will arrange if necessary, for the report to be translated for the Yearbook. Ideally the applicant would also provide photographs and short social media posts during the tour.

Your application should include:

- Your CV, stating your date of birth

- A written personal statement including the reason you have chosen the particular tour

- A recommendation from your institute of study or employer, either from the head of the institute or from the person in charge of the study of woody plants, or the arboretum.

Applicants who have been unsuccessful in previous years are welcome to apply again.

Send these documents via email to the Chairman of the Scientific & Education Committee of the IDS, Antonia Johnson, email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Hard copy to: Kingwell House, Timsbury, Bath, BA2 0HH, UK; .

Deadline for Applications: no later than 26 Nov 2023.

Interviews will take place remotely by video conference (Zoom) during December 2023