Scholarships and Prizes 2007:
Theological Scholarships for the countries of Eastern or Central Europe, Russia, and the countries of the former Soviet Union
For the academic year 2008–9
The University of Oxford in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the member Churches of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), in particular the Methodist Church and the Church Mission Society, jointly offers three, possibly four, Scholarships, to enable theological students of outstanding academic merit to pursue further studies in the University's Faculty of Theology. The programme is supported by an association with the House of St Gregory and St Macrina and the fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius whose charitable aims are to work for greater understanding between the Christian traditions. The Scholarships are open to candidates (normally between the ages of 25 and 40) who, in most cases, will already have, or expect to obtain before October 2007, a theological degree from a recognised university or theological college. Applications are invited for 2008–9 from citizens of Russia, the Ukraine, and any other countries of the former Soviet Union, (apart from the Baltic States), Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. The Scholarships will be tenable for up to one year of study and will cover fees, a maintenance allowance, and where necessary, a return air fare. All applicants must be approved and sponsored by a recognised Church authority in the applicants' home countries. The Scholarships are open to members of any Christian denomination. Successful applicants should be willing, if asked, to attend an interview by diplomatic and Church personnel in their home country.
As one objective of the programme is to develop contacts between Churches in the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in order to provide a basis for future collaboration, applicants should have some motivation towards ecumenism in coming to Oxford. All applicants should complete a preliminary application form available from Mrs Elizabeth Macallister, University of Oxford, Theology, 41 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW. Mrs Macallister may be contacted by telephone: Oxford 270797, Fax: Oxford 270795 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The completed application forms must be returned to the same address not later than 31 December 2007.