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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Studies / Catholic Theology

The information below is about scholarships and bursaries provided by the Centre for Catholic Studies. Details of other scholarship and bursary schemes that might be applicable can be found here.

The information below is about postgraduate scholarships and bursaries in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies for 2019-2020.


Eligibility

Course

Candidates within the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University registering for the following courses are eligible to apply.1

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

OR

  • MA by Research, MLitt, 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.

All scholarship and bursary holders are expected to share regularly in the life, work, and events of the Centre for Catholic Studies. (See note (d) below.)


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: All candidates must be able to commit to regular participation in the academic life and programme of the CCS.

The application form for Scholarship/Bursary applications, available here, must be returned to the CCS Administrator, theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk, not later than Sunday 19 May 2019.

In addition to this:

  • Current Durham University students must ask their primary supervisor to send a progression update to the CCS Administrator (theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk) to be received before the application closing date of Sunday 19 May 2019.
  • New candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must:

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 (UK level) PhD scholarship with some maintenance allowance is to be awarded on a competitive basis to a new2 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 share regularly in the life, work, and events of the CCS. Fees will be met in full at the UK rate and an annual maintenance allowance at a level yet to be determined will be made.

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 are able to share regularly in the life, work and events of the CCS. 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 share regularly in the life, work and events of the CCS. 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.

THE ST JUDE POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (one-year, renewable)

In association with an individual benefactor who has received many graces and favours through the intercession of St Jude, donated funds up to a total of £8,000 may be awarded on a competitive basis to full-time or part-time postgraduate candidates in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion (both existing students and new candidates in receipt of formal offers) and who are able to share regularly in the life, work and events of the CCS. 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 £8,000 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) of any changes to this during the course of the academic year to which any relevant award applies.


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 2019/20. 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, share regularly in the life and work of the CCS through participation in such things as: the thrice-termly Catholic Theology Research Seminar (CTRS), the Ushaw Christmas Lecture, the annual Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture, the CCS Advisory Board and Friends and Benefactors’ Day, the Early Career Conference, and other such events organised by the CCS for the CCS community. Where appropriate and where compatible with students’ other academic commitments, students may be asked to participate 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 tuition 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, 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 – 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 2018-19 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.


Footnotes

1. In exceptional circumstances, a PhD candidate’s primary supervisor may be located in an academic department at Durham University other than the Department of Theology & Religion. However, at Master's level (including the first year of any proposed Integrated PhD) candidates must be pursuing the MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies) (V8K607) within the Department of Theology and Religion to be eligible to apply.

2. In exceptional circumstances the Louis Lafosse PhD Scholarship might be awarded to an existing full-time PhD student in the Department of Theology and Religion.


Further information

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