A new bursary has been launched for research into gamekeeping.

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust Sir John Scott Bursary offers £5,000 to a recipient who 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 Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) provides a variety of services for gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their dependants.

Sir John Scott, GWT’s honorary president, said: “GWT is currently active in supporting around 600 gamekeepers and their families each year. Research such as this enables us to continue our work, learning about and addressing the key challenges which face our community.”

As well as a personal connection to gamekeeping, candidates must be aged between 22 and 66 years.

Helen MJ Benson, GWT’s Chief Executive, said: "It’s a great opportunity for someone with an understanding of our lifestyle and livelihood to deliver really meaningful research which will benefit so many.

"We’ll be providing a mentor/supervisor for the successful candidate.

"We’re looking forward to seeing applications – the Trust seeks people with special qualities and we’re never disappointed.”

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.

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 thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com.