Grants & Scholarships

Supporting theological education and ministry

There are a number of grants and scholarships available through the Centre for Theology & Ministry, which, alongside the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, has oversight of specific financial resources available for those participating in study.

 

Making an Application

Some of these funding opportunities are available for both ordained and lay people, as well as individuals and groups. Some of these funds have been donated by generous individuals and the Uniting Church in Australia, the Synod, and the Centre for Theology & Ministry are thankful for the kind support of these people.

Other funding sources are available in recognition of the need to encourage and assist people in their ongoing learning for ministry and research endeavours, as well as art and theology projects.

Please note that different funds have different eligibility criteria, guidelines and application processes.

Details of the grants and scholarships available through the Centre for Theology & Ministry are available below.

Please note that different funds have different eligibility criteria and application processes. Please download the appropriate application form to your computer by right clicking the link and selecting ‘save as’. Where possible please complete the PDF form electronically, saving it to your computer, and then sending a copy of the file to grants@ctm.uca.edu.au. Please also contact us using that address for further details on any of the grants and scholarships, application processes, or application outcomes.

Reflection on Learning

Many of the grants and scholarships require successful applicants to reflect on their learning at the end of the support period. Please 
download the Reflection on Learning Form to complete your reflection.

 

Grants for Tertiary Education

These scholarships are for studies in the theological disciplines or recognised courses related to ministry.
Click here to download the Grants for Tertiary Education application form.

 

UCA 40th Anniversary Scholarship

To celebrate the 40th birthday of the Uniting Church of Australia and Pilgrim Theological College, an Anniversary Scholarship has been established to cover 75% of the University of Divinity fees in 2017.
Applications close: 4 August 2017

Further information is available here.
If you are interested, download an application form.

 

Postgraduate Grants for Further Studies

Florence and Alexander Yule Memorial Scholarship

The Florence and Alexander Yule Memorial Scholarships are offered to support further post-graduate theological study at an overseas college or university.

The scholarships are open to graduates of Pilgrim Theological College (formerly Uniting Church Theological College).

Applications close: 1 February
Download the Florence and Alexander Yule Memorial Scholarship Application Form


Robert James Brown Postgraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded annually for a period of two years. Open to graduates of the Pilgrim Theological College (formerly the Uniting Church Theological College), a candidate for the UCA ministry or an ordained person of the UCA. For postgraduate study at the University of Divinity.

Applications close: 1 February, 1 August
Download the Robert James Brown Postgraduate Scholarships Application Form


Other UCA Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

These scholarships are for studies in the theological disciplines or recognised courses related to ministry. Open to graduates of the Pilgrim Theological College (formerly the Uniting Church Theological College).

Applications close: 1 February, 1 August
Download the Wagstaff Theological Bequest Scholarships Application Form

Grants for Ministry Practice

CTM Theological Research Foundation Grants
This Foundation was set up to fund research that will contribute a theological dimension to the Church’s thinking about matters of public importance, usually undertaken as a partnership between the Uniting Church in Australia and other Synod agencies and partner organisations.

Applications close: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November

 

Arts Memorial Fund

The Kirk Robson Theology and the Arts Memorial Fund

This Fund was established to assist the conversation between theology and the arts. It aims to support creative initiatives of emerging artists and artists in residence in matters of faith, together with demonstrated values of inclusiveness, active and respectful engagement with communities. The 2017 award represents 11 years since the award was established.

Applications close: 1 July.

Download the Application Form

 

Grants for Lay Education

Lay people, lay preacher candidates and pastors in placement can apply for funding support through the Centre for Theology & Ministry, as well as from other sources.
Download the Application Form
Click here to download a copy of the Lay Education Guidelines

 

Thanksgiving Scholarship for Women Workers
Scholarships and bursaries for the tertiary education of women who serve or propose to serve the UCA in either a paid or unpaid capacity.

Applications close: 1 February
Download the Women Workers Application Form and Guidelines

 

Grants for Youth Ministry

Funds are available to support the development of Youth Ministry through educational opportunities, running of events and programs related to Youth Ministry.
Download the Application Form

 

Grants for Continuing Education

Continuing Education Fund
Continuing Education Fund grants are available to assist ordained and lay people in recognised placements seeking assistance for educational programs and/or training that is not towards a formal qualification.
Download the Application Form
Click here to download a copy of the Continuing Education Guidelines.

 

Regionalisation Fund

The Regionalisation Fund ensures that the wider rural and regional areas of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania have resources for local initiatives and development in the education for ministry of the whole church.
Download the Application Form
Click here to download a copy of the Regionalisation Fund Guidelines.

 

Bursaries

Ministers’ Children’s Bursaries

Bursaries to assist the education of the sons and daughters of Ordained Ministers of the UCA at secondary school.

Applications close: 1 February
Download the Ministers’ Children’s Bursaries Application Form

 

Tertiary Education Bursaries
Bursaries to assist those seeking a tertiary education who are in financial hardship.

Applications close: 1 February
Download the Tertiary Education Bursaries Application Form

 

McLennan Farm Training Bursaries
Bursaries for students taking agriculture or related studies.

Applications close: 1 February
Download the Farm Training Bursaries Application Form