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Ministry Bursary Awards

The Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards have helped hundreds of ministers to finance their extended study leave. In fact since being established in 1987, Ecclesiastical’s centenary year, over 1,000 members of the clergy have now received awards for a wide range of extended leave projects and plans supporting their ministerial development.

Ecclesiastical’s Ministry Bursary Awards for sabbaticals taking place in 2018 are open for applications until 30 September 2017. Judging of the applications will take place in November and awards will be made during December 2017.

  • Entry criteria

    Entries for an award must fulfil the following criteria:

    - Awards are open to individual clergy in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

    - All clergy applying for the awards must be in full-time stipendiary ministry in the Anglican 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 extended study leave only and not for long term courses such as PhD or university fees (although fees for a course during an extended study leave will be considered).

    - Entries must be made using the forms provided.

  • Judging criteria

    Judging of the 2017 entries will take place during November and awards will be made in December 2017.

    The amount of the individual awards will be judged on the following criteria:

    - Value to the individual applicant.

    - Benefit to the wider church.

    - Financial support already committed from other sources.

    - The strength of the endorsement from a Bishop or Archdeacon supporting your plans.


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The Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester


“Time for sabbatical or study leave can be essential for clergy in the midst of long-term and demanding ministry. It offers the opportunity for reflection and for being re-energised.


Ecclesiastical plays a vital role with their Ministry Bursary Award in supporting clergy financially when they are undertaking extended periods of study. Many people have benefited personally from Ecclesiastical's help and many more have benefited from the ministry of those who have been helped". 

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