RUCGC Foundation Bursary Scheme Launch *DEADLINE EXTENDED*

The RUC George Cross Foundation is calling for applications from PSNI officers and staff for a Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Bursary. These bursaries form a key part of the Foundation's mandate to “support the professional development of police officers and innovations in policing”.


Awards fund a potential research project which relates to specific themes, identified in collaboration with the Chief Constable. (See bullet points below).


*The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019*.


Prospective applicants with any questions are encouraged to make contact with the RUC George Cross Foundation office. Shane Quinn is the lead Trustee for any Bursary related questions and would encourage anyone with an idea to get in touch.


Normally an award will be offered to one single applicant but, where benefit is shown, a joint award may be considered where more than one person is collaborating on an issue. A sponsoring PSNI department must be identified – i.e. one that supports the research being suggested. Following a paper sift exercise, short listed applicants will be invited to present their project at an interview arranged by the Award Panel (which will consist of Foundation Trustees, a PSNI representative and an academic/subject expert).


Each applicant, in terms of choice of topic for prospective research, should be guided by this year’s themes (identified in consultation with the Chief Constable and senior PSNI officers):


  • Developing a shared understanding of Policing with the Community

with all stakeholders.


  • Recruitment issues such as direct entry at senior officer level.


  • Officer wellbeing and innovations in working practices.


  • Drugs related crimes.


  • Money Laundering.


  • Forward planning for changes in population.


  • Anti-social behaviour at local level.


  • Countering violent extremism


  • Other topics identified in the Chief Constable’s Strategic Priorities.


Application forms can be obtained below. If you have any difficulties downloading the form please contact the Foundation Office on the telephone number or email address below and we will send you a form.

Application Form Bursary Scheme 2019

Completed application forms should be emailed to or posted to the Foundation office at RUCGC Foundation, 65 Knock Road, Belfast BT5 6LE before Friday 29th March 2019. If prospective applicants have any questions, please do get in touch with Shane Quinn through the RUC George Cross Foundation on 028 9070 0116 or