To be eligible for funds you must be serving in a role that is directly supported by Ministries Council (stipend or employment contract); locally employed roles can apply as long as they are one of the following roles:
- Parish Minister
- Assistant Ministers
- Presbytery Clerk
- Associate Minister
- Interim Minister
- Transition Minister
- Pioneer Minister.
The fund will endeavour to award monies to cover the entirety of tuition fees. Where this is not possible, notification will be sent to applicant with the amount of award available. Written confirmation of acceptance is required should the applicant wish to continue with the application. An invoice from the institution should be sent to Ministries Council.
Please note: there is a limited amount of funds per financial year.
This fund can work in conjunction with a Study Leave Application. Both require seperate applications and are processed by different board members.
Funds can be combined, i.e. Postgraduate Fund cover fees and Study Leave provide leave-time and possible additional funds.
Note: the Postgraduate Fund does not provide any time away from the parish or funds for pulpit supply or locum cover.
Type of Courses
A range of courses will be considered for funding. The applicant must identify clearly ways in which their studies will have a positive impact for their own ministry and the ministry of the Church of Scotland.
The panel will be interested in a range of subjects including: theology, ethics, biblical studies, leadership, practical theology. This list is not exhaustive and the panel will welcome diverse applications.
The fund will pay for part-time studies only.
In exceptional circumstances the fund will cover the cost of books, materials, IT, etc. This will be in circumstances where course books are not available through the university library system or genuine requirement for computer software to fulfil the course. The estimated costs for this must be made clear in your application and cannot be awarded retrospectively. Expenses will be reimbursed with valid receipt.
The fund considers applications 4 times per year and will only consider applications for the next start date, i.e. deferred entry will not be considered. Those part-way through study may apply for fees for the following academic year, i.e. their next year of PhD. This fund gives awards for part-time study.
Please have your applications submitted by the end of the following months:
A panel is appointed by Education & Support Committee. Decisions on funding are homologated by the Committee at its regular meetings.