Marsh Christian Trust Award for Horticultural Science

15 June 2020

Royal Horticultural ScienceEstablished in 2005, generously funded by the Marsh Christian Trust and awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society, two awards are made each year. The winner is awarded £1000 and the highly commended is awarded £500. Applicants must be PhD students based in the UK who have made outstanding progress with their research in the field of horticultural science. The aim of these awards is to enable the student to undertake an activity which will help with their career development which would otherwise not be possible. The RHS sees the awards as vital to encourage and support students in the UK pursuing horticultural science as a career.

The criteria for the award are:

  • The student must be working on a topic that contributes to increasing knowledge or resolving problems in horticulture
  • The student is based at a UK university but may be from overseas
  • The student has, in the course of their studies, made an exceptional contribution

Applying for the Award

The student must complete the application form.

The student’s main supervisor should supply a covering letter to support the application, particularly addressing the nature of the student’s contribution

The form and the covering letter needs to be submitted to the RHS (see details below) by 31st July 2020.

What happens next

The applications are considered by the RHS’s Science Committee who select two to go forward to Mr Brian Marsh, who makes the final decision on the winner and highly commended awards. The recipients will be notified when Mr Marsh’s decision is known and will be announced at the John McLeod Annual Lecture on 5th November. Normally Awards are presented in person at the Lecture, but this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the cheque and certificate will be sent by post to the recipients.

Any enquiries and completed forms should be sent to:
Dr John David (

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