Training Bursaries for national and regional regulatory authorities

We are delighted to be able to offer our Training Bursaries to provide in-house training for regulatory affairs organisations based in low-to-middle income countries.

What is the Training Bursary?

We are providing these bursaries to support national or regional organisations in low-to-middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank) that would like to provide their staff with skills and expertise in regulatory affairs. 

As defined by the World Bank, below is the list of low-to-middle countries. Individuals from these countries can apply:

  Afghanistan Grenada Nigeria
  Albania Guatemala Niue
  Algeria Guinea Pakistan
  Angola Guinea-Bissau Palau
  Antigua and Barbuda Guyana Panama
  Argentina Haiti Papua New Guinea
  Armenia Honduras Paraguay
  Azerbaijan India Peru
  Bangladesh Indonesia Philippines
  Belarus Iran Rwanda
  Belize Iraq Saint Helena
  Benin Jamaica Samoa
  Bhutan Jordan São Tomé and Príncipe
  Bolivia Kazakhstan Senegal
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Kenya Serbia
  Botswana Kiribati Sierra Leone
  Brazil Democratic People's Republic of Korea Solomon Islands
  Burkina Faso Kosovo Somalia
  Burundi Kyrgyzstan South Africa
  Cabo Verde Lao People's Democratic Republic South Sudan
  Cambodia Lebanon Sri Lanka
  Cameroon Lesotho Saint Lucia
  Central African Republic Liberia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Chad Libya Sudan
  China (People's Republic of) North Macedonia Suriname
  Colombia Madagascar Syrian Arab Republic
  Comoros Malawi Tajikistan
  Democratic Republic of Congo Malaysia Tanzania
  Congo Maldives Thailand
  Costa Rica Mali Timor-Leste
  Côte d'Ivoire Marshall Islands Togo
  Cuba Mauritania Tokelau
  Djibouti Mauritius Tonga
  Dominica Mexico Tunisia
  Dominican Republic Micronesia Turkey
  Ecuador Moldova Turkmenistan
  Egypt Mongolia Tuvalu
  El Salvador Montenegro Uganda
  Equatorial Guinea Montserrat Ukraine
  Eritrea Morocco Uzbekistan
  Eswatini Mozambique Vanuatu
  Ethiopia Myanmar Venezuela
  Fiji Namibia Vietnam
  Gabon Nauru Wallis and Futuna
  Gambia Nepal West Bank and Gaza Strip
  Georgia Nicaragua Yemen
  Ghana Niger Zambia

Aim of the Training Bursary

Education BursariesThe aim of the bursary is to support regulatory affairs authorities in developing capacity and expertise in a targeted cohort of staff. It will provide a grant of up to £30,000 to contribute to the cost of dedicated in-house training (to include speaker cost, development of curriculum content and resources). The grants will be subject to all TOPRA’s applicable existing policies.

How can we apply for the Training Bursary?

Eligible organisations will be required to complete our application form expressing which training they would like to apply for, what problem the training will help them solve, and how beneficial it will be to them.

The organisation will also be required to submit the following documents for due diligence to TOPRA’s Director of Professional Development once the application has been reviewed:

  • Proof of corporate identity (e.g. certificate of incorporation or memorandum and articles of association etc.)
  • Business address details
  • Leadership and reporting structure
  • Financial account

To submit an application for a bursary, please contact the Professional Development team at

    Application considerations

    Bursaries will only be given to organisations based in low-income countries. The fund is limited so we recommend ensuring you submit your application in good time, noting that you may only apply once in the same year.

    Bursaries will not be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, but instead consideration will be given to the following:

    • The need for the course, how the learning will be used
    • The benefit the course and the learning will provide both to the company and to the staff
    • Additional consideration will be given to organisations from small or micro enterprises as they may not have other opportunities to access training

    Please note that all successful applicants will be required to allow their organisation name to be published, and to support this we would appreciate a photo and brief story to be provided after the training is complete.


    Expressions of interest may be made at any time however please note that there are limited spaces available, so we recommend contacting us at the earliest opportunity to maximise your chance of a successful application.

    We will notify all successful applicants as soon as reasonably possible and aim to provide sufficient notice to plan accordingly.