Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster Scholarship

Could you benefit from career-boosting scholarship fund?

Skilled boaters who can prove their dedication to the marine industry could be eligible for a training grant.

About the Scholarship

Trinity House and the RYA teamed up in 2018 to launch the Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster® Scholarship, an exciting new initiative for those working, or aspiring to work in the small commercial vessel sector.

Dedicated to the safeguarding of shipping and seafarers, maritime charity Trinity House, has committed to providing an annual grant fund to be distributed by the Trinity House/RYA selection panel amongst a number of carefully selected potential skippers. The aim of this funding is to assist applicants in getting the qualifications needed to pursue, or further their careers.

The small commercial vessel sector provides a huge and diverse employment opportunity for mariners, both within the UK, as well as overseas. From high-speed experience rides, eco-tourism and windfarm workboats, to racing charters on the Solent, superyachts around the globe and so much more - there is a career opportunity for every taste.

Since its introduction, the scholarship has seen grants awarded to 24 deserving individuals, aiding career progression through opportunities for further training.

Previous grant recipients
Sarah Reed

“A great career building scholarship”

Will Holland

“A fantastic opportunity for someone at the start of their career in the small commercial vessel sector”

Sarah Bagley

“A great opportunity to kick start your career within the marine industry”

Louis Day

“It has opened more doors for me”

Suzie Taylor

“The world is your oyster”


The selection process

Applications are taken on an ongoing basis, with interviews being held approximately every six months at Trinity House in London.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and achievement in the industry already, or for those keen to enter the industry they will be able to show a history of excellence in studies or in leisure boating activity. Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate a clear intention to work within the small commercial vessel sector.

Nominations for a candidate must be made by a principal of one of the RYA’s vast network of RYA recognised training centres, where candidates will have shown exceptional boating, navigation and/or leadership skills.

Download the application form here.

Should you have any questions, please contact the RYA Training team by emailing:

The requirements

  • The Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster® Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated excellence either in education or in the maritime industry.
  • Candidates will need to be nominated by the principal of an RYA Recognised Training Centre that holds recognition for at least some of the courses for which funding is sought and will also require a second reference in support of their application.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel of Trinity House and RYA Personnel along with industry representatives. Short listed candidates will be invited to an interview as part of the assessment process at Trinity House in London.
  • There will be two intakes of nominees each year.
  • The Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster™ Scholarship is open to UK citizens over the age of 18 (at time of interview).
  • A list of courses and exams eligible for funding will be included in the scholarship details on the RYA website and funding will be paid directly to the RYA Training Centre upon invoice. Training will normally need to be completed within 2 years.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate a clear intention to work afloat within the small commercial vessel sector.
  • The RYA will administer the process and promote the scheme through its network of RYA recognised training centres.
  • For full details of eligibility and terms and conditions click here.

More about Trinity House

For more than 500 years Trinity House, in addition to the provision of aids to navigation, has been looking after the welfare of seafarers through its charitable aims. It is renowned for promoting and funding education for seafarers in the Merchant Navy. In more recent times it has also provided bursary funding for ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) personnel and cadetships for candidates entering the superyacht sector.