Receiving applications!

The newly formed Postgraduate Fund provides monies for part-time postgraduate studies. Following a deliverance at General Assembly the Council was able to identify a legacy fund to enable postgraduate funding. This allowed us to form a fund worth over £300k. This will be managed annually by Education & Support Committee of Ministries Council and available funding will be posted on this website.

Applications must be made online using the form below.

Please note that funds for study commencing in 2017 have now been awarded. Please continue to apply for study / research commencing in 2018.

Fund Information

Purpose: To enable ministry through part-time postgraduate study.

Fund description: To award grants for part-time postgraduate theological education for those in the recognised ministries of the Church to enable them to study topics which will benefit the work of the Church of Scotland.

Method: Provide funding for tuition fees (and occasionally for textbooks and other resources) for part-time postgraduate study including Masters (research and taught) and PhD programmes. Shorter courses may be considered. Only courses undertaken at recognised HE institutions in the UK are considered.

Areas of interest

Areas of interest for the fund:

  • Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Church History
  • Leadership Development
  • Church Management
  • Mission
  • Pastoral Supervision

Ministerial Development Review

Undertake a Ministerial Development Conversation to full explore your aims and objectives of postgraduate study – book your appointment now by clicking here.



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:

  1. Parish Minister
  2. Assistant Ministers
  3. Presbytery Clerk
  4. Associate Minister
  5. Interim Minister
  6. Transition Minister
  7. Pioneer Minister.

Awards Available

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.

Study Leave

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.

Resources Budget

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.

Application Dates

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:





Funding Panel

A panel is appointed by Education & Support Committee. Decisions on funding are homologated by the Committee at its regular meetings.

Apply Now

Applications for the Postgraduate Fund are available online only. Please have all the relevant information ready before making an application – currently the application cannot be saved or edited at a later date. When ready – please apply by clicking the Apply Now button.

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Terms & Conditions

  1. 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:
    1. Parish Minister
    2. Assistant Ministers
    3. Presbytery Clerk
    4. Associate Minister
    5. Interim Minister
    6. Transition Minister
    7. Pioneer Minister
  2. The fund does not provide any resource for time out of parish; the Fund will not meet the expenses of Pulpit Supply; the successful applicant may use Study Leave for this purpose.
  3. The successful applicant must continue with full responsibility for pastoral and ministerial duties.
  4. An award from this fund (Postgraduate Fund) may be used in conjunction with an award from the Study Leave Scheme (funding and time). Where full tuition fees are not awarded, the applicant can subsidise the remaining balance from Study Leave Scheme. Careful consideration should be given for time required for the duration of the full length of study.
  5. The fees invoice should be sent to Education & Training Secretary, Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN.
  6. For monies awarded for books or resources, an outline of costs should be submitted before they are purchased. This will be approved by the Education & Training Secretary. Awards for resources will only be made when evidence of their necessity is given in the original application. Awards cannot be made retrospectively.
  7. The fund should be notified immediately of any changes to study, e.g. failure to complete; cancelled course, etc.
  8. Upon completion of the studies the applicant is required to undertake a Ministerial Development Review (MDC) to enable the next phase of ministerial development. This appointment can be made online at .
  9. Successful applicants must be willing to write a short report for the use of promotion of the fund. A request for photography may be made by Ministries Council for promotional purposes; costs will be met by the Council.
  10. For those applying with less than 12 months’ service in their current role, a short note should be made in their application to demonstrate their suitability for part-time postgraduate funding.
  11. Any complaints, issues or request for re-consideration should be made to the Education & Support Convener of Ministries Council.
  12. Complaints regarding the fund should be made to Education & Support Convener, Ministries Council, Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN.
  13. Courses must take place in recognised Higher Education Institutions in UK.
  14. Monies for fees are only sent to Higher Education Institutions and cannot be paid into personal bank accounts. Monies for books or resources will only be issued with appropriate receipt and expense claim form.

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