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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 2020-2021.


Eligibility

Course

Only candidates within, or applying to, the Department of Theology and Religion[1] at Durham University for the following courses are eligible to apply:

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

    OR

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

Full-/part-time study

The Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships are 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.)


Introduction

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 is here and must be returned to the CCS Administrator, Theresa Phillips, by the deadlines given below.

In addition, new candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must complete and submit a standard Durham University application for postgraduate admission online (citing ‘CCS Scholarship’ in the Field of Study area and in the Finance/funding section), including all supporting documents, by the published deadlines below (details here).

More than one award may be made from each of the below 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.

Please read carefully the notes below concerning eligibility before making an application.


The Scholarships and Bursaries

INSTITUTE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, LOUIS LAFOSSE, BI-CENTENARY PhD SCHOLARSHIPS

(Three-year, subject to satisfactory academic progress)

In association with the Institute of Christian Education (ICE) and celebrating the bicentenary of the Institute’s foundation, TWO three-year full-fees (UK/home level) PhD scholarships with a maintenance allowance are to be awarded on a competitive basis to two new full-time PhD candidates (in receipt of a formal offer) 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. Fees will be met in full at the UK/home rate and an annual maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate will be made (£15,009 in 2019-20).

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

Closing date for applications for the Louis Lafosse PhD Scholarships: Sunday 23 February 2020.

New candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must also complete a standard Durham University application for postgraduate admission with all supporting documents by Sunday 2 February 2020.

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.

Closing date for applications for the Catherine McAuley Scholarships: Sunday 24 May 2020.

New candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must also complete a standard Durham University application for postgraduate admission with all supporting documents by Sunday 3 May 2020.

THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY CROSS BURSARY FUND

(One-year, renewable)

In association with the Sisters of the Holy Cross Charitable Trust, donated funds up to a total of £12,000 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 Bursaries (partial help towards living/maintenance costs). The total amount of £12,000 need not be awarded in a given year and may be split between candidates.

Please note, applicants to the Sisters of the Holy Cross Fund must be:

A) i) Students of theology who intend to use their theological training in some way in support of Christian life / Christian mission / Christian education; and/or

ii) Students of Catholic theology / Catholic studies, irrespective of tradition, who wish to engage closely in the richness of Catholic theological tradition.

AND

B) Able to demonstrate clear affiliation to one of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Northampton, Westminster, Brentwood or Southwark, for example:

i) Recent residency (family home or undergraduate location), or

ii) A recent workplace (prior to postgraduate study), or

iii) Recent church membership (prior to postgraduate study), or

iv) Sponsorship by a Christian or other charitable / third sector organisation, leading to confirmed employment within one of the four dioceses after completion of studies.

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

Closing date for applications for the Sisters of the Holy Cross Bursary Fund: Sunday 24 May 2020.

New candidates for a postgraduate degree within the Department of Theology and Religion must also complete a standard Durham University application for postgraduate admission with all supporting documents by Sunday 3 May 2020.


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, or applying to, the Department of Theology & Religion[1], 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 2020/21. 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 and Postgraduate 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 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 Bicentenary PhD Scholarships and the Sisters of the Holy Cross Bursaries, due to the very limited amount of funds available, no support can be given towards maintenance costs, just help towards tuition fees.

(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 Bicentenary 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 Bicentenary PhD Scholarship – priority will be given, where possible, to students who have already been in receipt of either a Postgraduate Scholarship or a Postgraduate Bursary in Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies within the CCS/Department of Theology and Religion during the 2019-20 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 the meeting of the CCS Scholarships Committee.


[1] * In exceptional circumstances, a PhD candidate’s primary supervisor may be located in another academic department at Durham University other than the Department of Theology & Religion. However, at Masters level (including the first year of any proposed I-PhD) candidates must be pursing the MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies) (V8K607) within the Department of Theology and Religion to be eligible to apply.


Further information

For further information, please contact Mrs Theresa Phillips, CCS Administrator, Department of Theology and Religion on +44 (0) 191 334 3952 or at theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk.