Sir John Scott GWT Bursary 2021

Sir John Scott GWT Bursary

THIS initiative will see £5000 supporting new research to assist the charity’s work. The successful recipient will have a personal connection to a gamekeeping profession and be interested in furthering the knowledge of an aspect of social or health care in the context of rural life. Their work will have a focus on those involved in gamekeeping professions: gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies.


Applicants for the bursary could be part-time in one of the gamekeeping professions, or have been employed in one in the past, or have a close family connection to a gamekeeper, giving them personal experience of the lifestyle and livelihoods of those involved. Their research interest could be health and wellbeing, social care, isolation, housing, financial issues, or care in later life, with a focus on and application to gamekeeping professions.

The introduction of the John Scott Bursary will actively support the furthering of knowledge in social and/or health care in the context of rural life. The successful recipient will deliver research with a focus on, and an application to, the gamekeeping professions.

Eligible for anyone with a connection to gamekeeping and with a background in, or desire to learn about, an aspect of caring with a focus on its application to those in keepering roles.

By connection to gamekeeping we mean you are or have been in a gamekeeping role, or you’re the child, partner, spouse, or parent of someone in a gamekeeping profession. By gamekeeping profession we mean a gamekeeper, stalker or ghillie. By an aspect of caring we mean you have a desire to learn about health and wellbeing, social care, isolation, housing, financial issues, care in later life, or any aspect of social care in the context of rural life that has a particular focus on those involved in fields related to keepering.

It is anticipated the research proposal will relate to an area that will assist the present work of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust and/or help formulate its future policy and activities.

Current or past experience of research work will be an asset. The project will run for two years either alongside existing study or can be used as a means to regain study experience in preparation for further research, etc.

A research mentor/supervisor will be provided to work with the successful applicant, to provide encouragement and support, and to ensure that a high quality of research is achieved and the project goals are met. The mentor will be expected to be in regular contact with the successful applicant, either on-line or face-to-face.

A bursary of £5000.00 will be given in stages over two years to assist with technological requirements, any other educational needs (eg travel costs related to interviewing, attending research meetings, etc.) and to provide limited financial assistance during the period of study.

All applicants should include a brief CV when applying along with a breakdown of their research proposal, their reasons for researching their chosen area of study, and the goals they hope to achieve.

Eligibility Criteria:

· Applicants must work or have worked within the gamekeeping, rural and associated industries, or be in a position to influence these industries, or be a partner of a gamekeeper, stalker or ghillie.

· Applicants must be aged between 22 and 66 years (the upper age limit is 66 on 31st July in the year of application).

· There is no requirement for academic qualifications.

· Applicants will already be able to demonstrate a passion for the profession they live or work in and have a good understanding of the gamekeeping community, its challenges, and opportunities.

· Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK gamekeeping. The Trust seeks people with very special qualities.

Process:

The application process opens 1 August 2021 and candidates should include a brief CV along with a breakdown of their research proposal, their reasons for this area of study, and the goals they hope to achieve. As well as a personal connection to gamekeeping, candidates must be aged between 22 and 66 years. There is no requirement for academic qualifications, though research experience may be an asset. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the full criteria for eligibility and how to apply at www.thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com