Types of Award

The Foundation makes two types of award - Personal Awards and Corporate Awards

Personal awards

The Trustees earmark more than a quarter of the Foundation’s annual income - that is, about £50,000 pa - in order to be able to make grants to individuals for studies and research in Theology and Religious education.

Personal awards are made to support individuals who are studying Theology or Religious Education; or who are undertaking research - leading to a Masters’ degree or PhD - in these fields. Personal awards are not made for study in any other subject areas.

Personal Awards are usually only made for studies and research at postgraduate level, which lead to the award of a university degree or credits.

Personal awards are normally only made to UK-based students studying at UK institutions. (There have been no exceptions in recent years.) With few exceptions, Personal Awards are given to support serving clergy, ministers, church workers and teachers of RE who are undertaking postgraduate studies and research linked to their role. Support for full-time PhD students is very limited.

Corporate awards

Corporate Awards are made to departments of theology and RE in universities, colleges and other agencies operating at university level, to enhance their capacity to provide theological and religious education at this level. Corporate Awards are usually small and short-term. A benefit to the South-West is expected.

 The Trustees do not predetermine the kinds of studies or initiatives that they are prepared to support. Rather, they review all applications which appear to be within the Object, in order that they may be aware of unmet needs, and respond to the quality of the application, and to the ways in which it seeks to advance further and higher education in these fields.

Priority is therefore given to pump-priming initiatives, and other such situations where, if the initiative proves itself - may enable the grant-holder to demonstrate success to bodies which engage in longer-term funding.

How to apply

Only one round of awards is made each academic year.

From January 1st annually
You can obtain an Application Pack and an Application Form to apply for an Award by e-mailing the Director@St-Lukes-Foundation.org.uk, giving brief details about yourself and your plans. Please include your postal address. Please note that Application Packs are NOT sent out after April 15th.

1st May: is the closing date for the Director to receive your completed application.

30th June: is the date on which the successful applicants are notified of their Award.

1st September: - the traditional date for the beginning of the academic year in the UK - is the date from which a new Award is normally tenable.