Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust launch the Sir John Scott 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 Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) provides a variety of services for gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their dependants. Sir John Scott, GWT’s Honorary President, says “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.”

Helen MJ Benson, GWT’s Chief Executive, says “We’re excited about this new venture, which will be helping us ensure we provide the right kind of support now and into the future. 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. 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

Notes for Editors

GWT was established in 1992 to support gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their dependants past and present.

An overview of GWT’s work in support, finance, housing and employment with these professions can be found at www.thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com

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