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Future Planners Bursary

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The RTPI Future Planners Bursary for Postgraduates

The Future Planners Bursary is the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) highly successful bursary for places on accredited university planning Master's courses. It is open to students from any discipline, including law, politics, geography or architecture, who decide to choose planning as a career.  Interested?  Find out more about town planning and how you can help shape the places we live and work in.

How does it work?

Each successful applicant will receive a £1,000 bursary. The bursary is co-sponsored by universities, and will be offered as either a fee waiver or for the recipient to use at their discretion (this may vary by institution).

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you:

  • are a UK / EU citizen or have proof of eligibility to work in the UK or Ireland after graduation
  • have a First or Upper 2nd class degree at undergraduate level in any discipline
  • demonstrate an interest in town planning as a career
  • have an offer for 2017-18 on a fully accredited planning Master's degree at an accredited university planning school.

The course must be listed on the RTPI's website as a 'combined' qualification. A full list of RTPI accredited courses can be found here.

How do I apply?

The bursary programme is running for those who intend to undertake a fully accredited Master's degree at an accredited Planning School in 2017-2018. Universities will invite you to apply for the bursary once you have applied for your course.

Please note that applications are made to the Planning School at which you intend to study.


Thank you to the following organisations who have contributed towards the Future Planners Bursary scheme. More information on the support from the Department of Communities and Local Government can be found here.


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For any other queries  on the scheme please contact the RTPI on

The RTPI has more information on becoming a planner here