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The IOSH Student Member Bursary

From a fund bequeathed by the late Howard Phillips

Supporting you in your studies as you prepare to become the next generation of OSH professionals

IOSH became the beneficiary from the will of the late Howard Phillips during 2011 and set up a bursary fund in his memory. The IOSH Student Member Bursary exists to support our Student Members while they complete their IOSH accredited qualifications.

IOSH global Members reflect a diverse range of socioeconomic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, including people with disabilities, long term health conditions, and caring responsibilities. We encourage eligible Student Members from all walks of life to apply, and we look forward to receiving your application.

In 2020, we awarded almost £20,000 to 82 Student Members with our Student Member Bursary.

The deadline to apply to the Student Bursary has now passed. Please check back in the future for further opportunities.

The award

Candidates can request up to £250 from the Student Bursary and as part of the application process will be asked to complete the Funding Information Form, which outlines the student’s intended use of the funding. The bursary will be paid directly to the applicant via BACS transfer.


Applicants must be a current IOSH Student Member and fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Studying an IOSH-accredited qualification at a Higher Education Institution
  • A SHE Technician Apprentice
  • Studying the Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business.
How to apply

The deadline to apply to the Student Bursary has now passed. Please check back in the future for further opportunities.

Awarding decisions

Decisions will be made by a three-person panel selected from IOSH. Panel members will represent Membership, Governance and Advice and Practice.

Outcome of your application

The outcome of the panel’s decision will be shared with each applicant via email as soon as possible after the application window has closed. If successful, you will be contacted to provide us with your bank details. Following this, payment will be made as soon as possible.

Terms and conditions
  1. The bursary is open to current IOSH Student Members who are studying an IOSH-accredited qualification at a Higher Education Institution, a SHE Technician Apprentice, or studying the Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business.
  2. The bursary will only be awarded if the submissions are of sufficient merit and standard.
  3. The administration of the award is undertaken by IOSH.
  4. By submitting an application, the applicant will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the terms and conditions of the award.
  5. The entry must be original and be the work of the applicant.
  6. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The bursary may need to be repaid if the student does not complete their course, or if they withdraw from their course.


If you have any questions about the Bursary or require assistance, then please email StudentMembership@iosh.com.

Jack Unsworth quote

“Like most people, my life has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The bursary has enabled me to develop my knowledge and experience during this period.” - Jack Unsworth

Tsang Chiu Wong Tony quote

"The bursary plays a main role and function under these difficult times, which encourages me to use the knowledge to change my life and perform the professional knowledge or develop more safety product to help the workers." - Tsang Chiu Wong Tony

Lydia Odiase quote

“Getting this bursary has gone a long way in financially supporting me during my studies and I would recommend other IOSH Student Members apply.” - Lydia Odiase 

Julieann McClure quote

“It will look very impressive to future employers that I have been awarded a bursary from IOSH” - Julieann McClure

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