The Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards support a wide range of sabbatical projects and plans.
The Right Reverend Dr Nigel Peyton, Bishop of Brechin, said:
“For the last 24 years Ecclesiastical has supported members of the clergy who have needed a break from their busy ministries and time for reflection and self-realisation. We recognise that perhaps now more than ever, as funding sources become increasingly scarce, it is crucial we continue to offer our support to the clergy. The Ministry Bursary Awards are here to give financial help to those taking time out from busy ministries for spiritual reflection and personal development during their sabbaticals.”
The awards for 2013 are now open for applications until 30 September 2012. Judging of the applications will take place in November and awards will be made during December 2012. To find out more about the Ministry Bursary Awards, eligibility criteria and to download an application form, please go to www.ecclesiastical.com/mba.
- Awards are open to clergy (only clerical) in Anglican Christian faiths.
- All clergy applying for the awards must be in full-time stipendiary ministry of an Anglican Christian Church and must have been ordained for at least 10 years.
- Applications are also open to church dignitaries – Archdeacons, Bishops and Deans.
- Awards are provided for sabbaticals only (although fees for a course during a sabbatical would be legitimate).
- Applicants would need to demonstrate a link with an academic course and a clear purpose of the sabbatical to improve overall ministry in the diocese.
- Any requests for PhD/university fees and ongoing fees will be declined.
- A letter of authority from the Bishop or Archdeacon, endorsing and supporting your plans, is required to support any application.
- The awards are for the benefit of individuals and do not support church-related projects.
- Judging of the 2013 entries will take place during November 2012 and awards will be made in December 2012 and January 2013.
- Please include the year that you were ordained in your application.