“WSET education has been extremely valuable for my career and is an important qualification for anyone who wishes to get into the wine or hospitality industries.”

Yang Lu, MS, DipWSET


WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine, spirit and sake knowledge. 

They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for winesspirits and sake

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As part of our commitment to advancing education and training in wines, spirits and sake, WSET Asia Pacific Limited has established a bursary fund to help potential students in the Asia Pacific region* who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification.

WSET Asia Pacific 

Student Bursary Fund

Applicants for the WSET APAC Bursary must be resident in Asia Pacific* and of legal drinking age in the country or territory where they intend to study WSET qualification courses. Priority will be given to applicants currently working in the drinks or hospitality industries who demonstrate the need for WSET qualification training and for financial support.

Applicants must submit their applications before the end of each quarter.  Deadlines for submission are: 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June

Received applications will be verified for their completeness and truthfulness to confirm eligibility criteria have been met.  Applicants’ eligibility will be assessed by WSETAP Governing Board or its delegate in accordance with the Bursary Fund’s Policy & Procedure. Applicants will be informed whether their applications are successful or not no later than 30 days of the submission deadline.  

The Bursary Fund Advisory Committee will review application results and funding allocations on a quarterly basis. Upon such review, the Advisory Committee may advise changes to allocation criteria or procedure.  

Successful applicants will be awarded a fixed financial contribution* towards the cost of a course of study in HK$ or local currency equivalent:

Level 1 qualification course: HK$  750
Level 2 qualification course: HK$ 2,000
Level 3 qualification course: HK$ 4,000
*Bursary values for the 2020/21 academic year and may be subject to annual review

The Bursary Fund Application Form must be completed in full. Applicants will need to provide evidence of financial hardship or other disadvantage together with a copy of their CV and work experience to date, a letter of motivation stating how the bursary will assist in their career development plans and a reference letter. The letter of motivation can be written in the language in which the applicant intends to study. The reference letter will need to come from a member of the drinks, hospitality or related industries, who has knowledge of the applicant’s career development ambitions and is independent of any WSET approved course provider. 

Applicants should ensure that they read the terms and conditions on the application form in detail before submission.


The WSET APAC Bursary is made possible only through the generosity of companies, organisations and philanthropic individuals who have a desire to support those who work in the drinks industry to advance their careers and meet their potential.

Details of the financial support provided to bursary recipients can be found in the How To Apply For A Bursary section below.

If you would like to support the WSET APAC Bursary, please take the time to read our Donor Charter. Our team are available to answer any questions you may have and please do not hesitate to contact us at apacbursary@wsetglobal.com



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The current governing board comprises Mr Nicholas Hyde, Mr Richard Connors and Mr Ian Harris MBE. 

*“Asia Pacific” refers to the countries in Asia, excluding the Indian subcontinent but including Australia and New Zealand, as per WSET’s regional management organisation. The Indian subcontinent comes under the management of the “EMEA” team.

For more information about WSET, please visit wsetglobal.com.

As part of our commitment to advancing education and training in wines, spirits and sake, WSET Asia Pacific Limited (“WSETAP”) has established a bursary fund to provide financial assistance to those who work in the drinks industry in Asia Pacific* who would otherwise be unable to study for a WSET qualification. 

WSET Asia Pacific Student Bursary Fund (“WSET APAC Bursary” or “Bursary Fund”) is supported by the generous donations of companies, organisations and philanthropic individuals in the Hong Kong SAR and the wider Asia Pacific Region*. All donations are used exclusively for the benefit of eligible students.

The Bursary Fund is an open-ended charitable fund that aims to provide financial support to a minimum of 200 students every year, subject to the availability of funding. Bursaries will be available for applicants wishing to pursue Level 1-3 WSET qualifications, with different fixed amount contribution for each level.  Students will be able to study with the local WSET course provider of their choice. Bursaries will be awarded to eligible applicants on a quarterly basis. All applicants will need to provide evidence of their needs for training and for financial support.

The WSET APAC Bursary is a region-wide financial support effort. As such, there are no fixed amounts allocated to each country or territory in the region. The Bursary Fund is available on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to eligibility criteria being met by applicants.

The WSET APAC Bursary is administered by WSETAP. Successful applicants will be selected by WSETAP’s Governing Board or its delegate. The Bursary Fund is independently reviewed by the WSET Asia Pacific Student Bursary Fund Advisory Committee consisting of independent advisors as appointed by the WSETAP Governing Board. 

From time to time, WSETAP may carry out additional fund-raising campaigns to support selected regional initiatives. Any such fund-raising campaign will clearly state the vision, intended recipients and target funding level to ensure transparency for all donors. Funds from such campaigns will be used for the benefit of the specific campaign. At the conclusion of such campaign, any surplus donations will be transferred to the WSET APAC Bursary following consultation with the donor or donor’s representative.

WSETAP reserves the right to revise the Bursary Fund’s Policy & Procedure and the Terms & Conditions on the application form from time to time. The current application form is available here

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is an awarding organisation and registered charity devoted to the development and delivery of qualifications and courses in wines, spirits and sake. Established in 1969 for the UK trade, WSET has since grown to become the global industry leader.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, our educational products offer impartial and sound learning on which individuals and businesses can build knowledge and expertise. WSET qualifications are available through a network of over 800 Approved Programme Providers (APPs) working in over 70 countries and more than 15 languages.

WSET Asia Pacific Limited is a subsidiary  of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). It was established in October 2015 to support the development of WSET’s wine, spirit and sake qualifications in the Asia Pacific region. WSET Asia Pacific has tax-exempt status as a charitable organisation under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance in Hong Kong SAR.

WSETAP develops, promotes and provides high quality education and training in wines, spirits and sake for:

- those who work in, want to work in, or are connected with the wines, spirits and sake industries

- consumer enthusiasts who would like to learn more about wines, spirits and sake




Last updated: 16 November 2020

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