The Fund primarily supports academic study and original research by clergy in the fields of theology and church history. It may support study in other fields if it can be shown that this is likely to be of benefit to the Church in general or the candidate’s ministry in particular.
The Trustees will not give financial support to a candidate who has embarked on a course without ensuring that the bulk of necessary funding is already secure.
Applicants must provide concise account of their proposed area of study and show that arrangements to register them for the course are in hand. An academic reference confirming this is required.
Applicants must be committed to the traditional catholic understanding of the priesthood and the episcopate. They are asked to submit a brief ecclesiological statement expressing their understanding of the place of the Church of England (or the Anglican church to which they belong) within the Universal Church, and also to show evidence that they belong to the tradition that the Fund exists to support. A reference confirming this is also required.
Applications will only be considered if both references have been received. The onus is on the applicant to ensure that they are submitted to the Clerk.
Where a grant is given, funding will normally be given for subsequent years of the course, but this is not automatic. Funding for a second and subsequent years must be requested by the applicant by email to the Clerk, and will only be given if a satisfactory progress report is received from the applicant’s academic supervisor.
Applications from overseas clergy must be forwarded to the Clerk by the applicant’s bishop and come with his support.
Advice about applications can be sought from the Clerk.
The deadlines for applications are published here.