Available Grants

International Travel Bursary

A travel bursary for young horticulturists wishing to pursue a number of different opportunities in the UK, across Europe or further afield. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support travel, internships, work experience, research and conferences. More information below. There is no deadline – rolling application window so apply when you are ready!

McGregor Saxifrage Study Award

For 2024, we are very pleased to announce that the award will be funding a one work experience opportunity at Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford, where Merlin Trust founder, Valerie Finnis, worked for 28 years. Waterperry is home to two National Collections of saxifrages and the work experience will provide an opportunity to shadow Saxifraga Collections Manager, Adrian Young. See below for more information. Deadline for applications has been extended to 5pm on Monday 4th March 2024.

Schachen Alpine Garden Grant

An opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks working in this world renowned garden in the mountains close to Munich. The application window has now closed for 2024 but do watch out for announcements for 2025!

How To Apply:

  1. Read the eligibility criteria and guidance notes (see below) carefully to ensure you and your intended project qualify;
  2. Fill in all parts of the Application Form;
  3. Email your application to the Secretary with your name as the file name;
  4. Ensure your two referees email their references as attachments to the Secretary: your application will not be considered until both references have been received.
*You must allow a minimum of four weeks from submission of your application to the start of your project (see Guidance Notes for more detailed information). Please also note that a decision will not be made immediately after submission: there may be a delay of up to three weeks to allow the Trustees to review applications. Submissions will only be considered by the Trustees once both references have been received.

Report Guidelines:

If your grant application has been successful, you will be required to produce a report of your visit. While there is no set template for this, we do offer some advice via the guidance document below. So if you are unsure what is required, read the guidance or get in touch!