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Centre for Catholic Studies

Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Studies / Catholic Theology

The information below is about postgraduate scholarships and bursaries in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion for 2018-19.

Eligibility

Course

Candidates within the Department of Theology and Religion registering for the following courses are eligible to apply.

  • MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies) (V8K607)

OR

  • MA by Research, M.Litt, DThM, Integrated PhD, PhD, each with a clear focus in Catholic Studies / Catholic Theology.

Full-/part-time study

The ICE Louis Lafosse Bi-centenary PhD Scholarship is open only to full-time candidates.

All other scholarships and bursaries are open to both full-time and part-time candidates.

Residence

All scholarship and bursary holders must reside sufficiently proximate to Durham as to be able to take a full part in the life, work, and events of the Centre for Catholic Studies.

Bursary and Scholarship Details

The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University (DU) invites applications from full-time and part-time candidates (both existing students and new candidates) for fixed-term Postgraduate Scholarships (full fees) and fixed-term Postgraduate Bursaries (partial help towards fees) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies as listed below. Please note: candidates who reside at distance from Durham (beyond the limits of a realistic daily commute, when required) are not eligible to apply on the grounds that they are not able to commit to regular participation in the academic life and programme of the CCS.

An application form for the awards may be obtained from the CCS Administrator within the Department of Theology and Religion and must be returned to the CCS Administrator not later than Tuesday 2 January 2018. To download the application form follow this link. In addition, new candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must have submitted a completed online application, including all supporting documents, no later than Sunday 3 December 2017 (details here). All intending applicants for the awards are advised to read carefully the notes below concerning eligibility before making an application.

INSTITUTE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, LOUIS LAFOSSE, BI-CENTENARY PhD SCHOLARSHIP (three-year, subject to satisfactory academic progress)

In association with the Institute of Christian Education (ICE) and celebrating the bi-centenary of the Institute’s foundation, a three-year full-fees and maintenance allowance PhD scholarship is to be awarded on a competitive basis to a new full-time PhD candidate (in receipt of a formal offer) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion and who is able to reside within realistic daily commute of Durham. Fees will be met to the minimum level of UK/EU level fees and an annual maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rates will be made.

In addition, it may be possible to make some additional fixed-term fees-only ICE Postgraduate Scholarship (full-fees) and Postgraduate Bursary (partial help towards fees) awards.

In all cases, alongside academic excellence and potential, consideration will also be given to personal financial circumstances.

CATHERINE McAULEY POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (one-year, renewable)

In association with the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy donated funds up to a total of £20,000 may be awarded on a competitive basis to full-time or part-time postgraduate candidates (both existing students and new candidates in receipt of formal offers) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion and who reside within a realistic daily commute of Durham when required. These funds may be awarded as a combination of one or more fixed-term Postgraduate Scholarships (full-fees) and/or one or more fixed-term Postgraduate Bursaries (partial help towards fees). The total amount of £20,000 need not be awarded in a given year and may be split between candidates.

The CCS encourages applications for the Catherine McAuley Postgraduate Scholarship Fund from all areas of Catholic theology / Catholic studies, including applications focused in the area of Catholic social thought and practice.

Alongside academic excellence and potential, consideration will also be given to personal financial circumstances.

MARY WARD POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (one-year, renewable)

In association with the Congregation of Jesus donated funds up to a total of £15,000 may be awarded on a competitive basis to full-time or part-time postgraduate candidates (both existing students and new candidates in receipt of formal offers) in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion and who are able to reside within realistic daily commute of Durham. These funds may be awarded as a combination of one or more fixed-term Postgraduate Scholarships (full-fees) and/or one or more fixed-term Postgraduate Bursaries (partial help towards fees). The total amount of £15,000 need not be awarded in a given year and may be split between candidates.

Alongside academic excellence and potential, consideration will also be given to personal financial circumstances.

More than one award may be made from each of the above funds in a given year. In all cases, applicants will be required to state their financial position and to update the relevant bodies (through the CCS Administrator in the Department of Theology and Religion) of any changes to this during the course of the academic year to which any relevant award applies. Recommendations for awards will be submitted to the Scholarships Committee of the Department of Theology and Religion, who will make the final decision.

Notes

The attention of applicants for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion is drawn to the following points:

(a) To be eligible for consideration, the applicant will be registered in the Department of Theology & Religion1, and the applicant’s research topic will be in the area of Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies.

(b) Current Department of Theology & Religion students who have not previously been in receipt of a CCS scholarship or bursary may apply for 2018/19. It is expected that these applicants will have regularly participated in CCS seminars and events during their registration in the Department of Theology and Religion, and their research topic will be in the area of Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies.

(c) All fees-only scholarships and bursaries will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, particularly in relation to a shortfall in fees funding, coupled with excellent academic performance.

(d) Receipt of any Postgraduate Scholarship or Bursary in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies implies that recipients will, as an integral part of their postgraduate training within the CCS and the Department of Theology and Religion, participate fully in the seminars, conferences, public lectures, and associated academic activities of the CCS and the Department, including, where appropriate and where compatible with students’ other academic commitments, participating in the planning and delivery of such activities.

(e) Subsequent receipt of any other scholarship, bursary, or financial assistance towards the cost of fees and associated living costs must be declared to the Scholarships Committee of the Department of Theology and Religion and the Dean-Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies through the CCS Administrator and may lead to a reduction (and in extreme circumstances total cancellation) in the level of scholarship or bursary funding available through the CCS. Failure to declare any such additional assistance will automatically carry the penalty of total cancellation of CCS Scholarship/Bursary funding.

(f) Recipients of CCS Scholarship/Bursary funding must similarly declare any other changes in personal financial circumstances that occur in the course of the academic year to which the relevant CCS award applies. Any such change in personal financial circumstances may lead to a reduction (and in extreme circumstances total cancellation) in the level of scholarship or bursary funding available through the CCS. Failure to declare any such change in personal financial circumstances will automatically carry the penalty of total cancellation of CCS Scholarship/Bursary funding.

(g) With the exception of the Institute of Christian Education, Louis Lafosse Bi-centenary PhD Scholarship, due to the very limited amount of funds available, no support can be given towards maintenance costs, just help towards fees. Any student already in receipt of any grants will have these totalled against their fees requirement.

(h) Priority will be given to applicants who are pursuing a research topic in the area of Catholic Theology/Catholic Studies, who demonstrate a financial need, and who can meet their own maintenance costs.

(i) Other than in the case of the Institute of Christian Education, Louis Lafosse Bi-centenary PhD Scholarship and the CST focused Catherine McAuley PhD Scholarship, the awards are given in the first instance for one full academic year and do not imply commitment to renewal (pending satisfactory academic progress) for future years of study.

(j) That said, all things being equal – and excepting the case of the Institute of Christian Education, Louis Lafosse Bi-centenary PhD Scholarship and the CST focused Catherine McAuley Scholarship – priority will be given, were possible, to students who have already been in receipt of either a Postgraduate Scholarship or a Bursary in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the CCS/Department of Theology and Religion during the 2017-18 academic year and who have at least one further year of study to pursue but subject in each case both to sufficient funds being available and to a satisfactory progress report being received from the student’s primary supervisor prior to the date of meeting of the CCS Scholarships Committee.

1Occasional exceptions will be made for applicants registered in other Departments at Durham University whose research is focused in an area of Catholic theology / Catholic studi

For further information contact: Mrs Theresa Phillips, CCS Administrator, Department of Theology and Religion on 0191 334 3952 or at theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk.