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Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Studies / Catholic Theology 

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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 2021-2022. 

 

Eligibility 

Only candidates within, or applying to, the Department of Theology and Religion 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 

The Mater Ecclesiae MA Scholarship is open only to part-time MA candidates. All other scholarships and bursaries are open both to full-time and part-time candidates. 

All scholarship and bursary holders are expected to commit to regular participation in the academic programme 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 must be returned to the CCS Administrator, Theresa Phillips, by Sunday 23 May 2021. Please note that you will need references. Application forms and reference forms can be obtained from theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk. 

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 Sunday 2 May 2021. 

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

 
 

The Scholarships and Bursaries 

The Catherine McCauley 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. 

The Mary Ward Postgraduate Scholarship Fund

(One-year, renewable) 

In association with the Congregation of Jesus donated funds up to a total of £5,000 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 academic programme 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 £5,000 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 Mater Ecclesiae MA Scholarship

(Two-year award, subject to satisfactory academic progress) 

In association with Mater Ecclesiae, one two-year part-time full-fees (UK/home level) MA scholarship with a travel and book allowance is to be awarded on a competitive basis to a new part-time MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies) candidate (in receipt of a formal offer) within the Department of Theology and Religion, and who is able to share regularly in the academic programme of the CCS. Part-time fees will be met in full at the UK/home rate and an annual allowance towards books and travel will be made (£1,100 per annum). 

In all cases, 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 academic programme 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.

The Newman Bursary

(One-year)

Donated funds from the Newman Association, up to a total of £1,000, 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 academic programme of the CCS. The total amount of £1,000 need not be awarded in a given year and may be split between candidates. Priority will be given to candidates with a shortfall in fees funding and on the basis of personal financial need.

 

More than one award may be made from each of the above funds in a given year. Applicants may be considered for other awards that become available. 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. 

 

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 be applying to, the Department of Theology & Religion*, and the applicant’s research topic will be in the area of Catholic Theology / Catholic Studies. 

(b) Current Department of Theology and Religion students who have not previously been in receipt of a CCS scholarship or bursary may apply for 2021/22. 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 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 Mater Ecclesiae MA Scholarship, 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) With the exception of the Mater Ecclesiae MA Scholarship (a two-year award subject to satisfactory academic progress), these 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, 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 previous 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. 

 

* 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 and Religion. However, at master's 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

Please direct any queries to Mrs Theresa Phillips, CCS Administrator, Department of Theology and Religion: +44 (0) 191 334 3952 or theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk.