Parkinson’s UK and external funding opportunities for health and social care professionals

Explore funding opportunities for health and social care professionals from Parkinson’s UK and external organisations.

This bursary is for health or social care professionals who want to attend a conference or undertake training and need some financial assistance. The bursary can be used to cover conference or course fees, travel or accommodation.


If you have any questions about the Scotland bursary, please contact Sam Matson, Service Improvement Adviser - Scotland ([email protected]

Download the application form for the Scotland fund (Word, 379KB).

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

For any queries about the bursary fund for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, please contact the Service Improvement team ([email protected]).

Download the application form for the England, Wales and Northern Ireland fund (Word, 379KB).

Please note, our panel only meets every 4 to 6 weeks to discuss and approve applications.

Parkinson's UK has funding opportunities for research into Parkinson’s and into health and social care services for Parkinson’s. Discover the range of research funding opportunities available.

Funding from Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK educational bursaries help health and social care professionals and students participate in education and conference activities. They are available throughout the year.

For information on Excellence Network funding for service improvement, visit Excellence Network Project Grants Scheme and Excellence Network pump priming for specialist Parkinson’s nurses, and allied health and mental health professionals.

Funding from external organisations

Several external professional organisations and charitable trusts also have funding opportunities for health and social care professionals and students who want to participate in education, career development or research.

The British Dietetic Association General and Education Trust Fund (BDA GET) exists to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) administers a number of grants, prizes and awards with a view to encouraging high quality research and furthering the development of professionals with an interest in older people's healthcare. These include a limited number of grants to trained nurses and therapists (and nurses and therapists in training) with a special interest in the care of elderly people to attend meetings or to visit services with an innovative approach.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust is an independent charitable organisation and supports the advancement of physiotherapy education and research through annual awards made to student, associate and qualified members.

The Churchill Fellowship funds British citizens who live in the UK, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest, to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others, their profession and community.

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in health care policy and practice provide a unique opportunity for mid-career health services researchers and practitioners. They can spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading US health policy experts.

The purpose of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) is to advance the development of neurology as the major medical specialty caring for patients with neurological disorders and to increase the availability and standards of neurological services.

Guarantors of Brain is a registered charity offering grants and financial support to those studying both clinical and non-clinical neuroscience.

The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) is passionate about improving nursing care for people being nursed at home and in the community.

To help achieve this, they award educational grants to applicants undertaking accredited education courses and modules promoting excellence in community nursing.

The Royal College of Nursing Foundation is an independent charity supporting nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. 

It offers a number of bursaries to fund a wide variety of learning, development and research opportunities providing the support individuals need to make a difference to quality patient care.

Skills for Care can help fund those working in adult social care to develop the knowledge, skills and practical abilities needed to deliver quality care.

Looking for funding for service improvement or specialist nurses or therapists?

The Excellence Network can offer small and large grants for service improvement projects, and pump priming for specialist Parkinson’s nurse or allied health and mental health professional posts.