King’s College London Theological Trust, of which the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon has just become a trustee, awards a scholarship each year to a student from overseas who has been accepted to study in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. There are no geographical limitations but the Trustees aim to award the scholarship to a student who is unable to obtain an education at this level in their own country and whose own financial situation would make study in London difficult. On completion of their studies, overseas scholars are expected to return home to make a significant contribution to the religious life of their country through the medium of one of the Christian denominations.
Archbishop Josiah said “This is a wonderful opportunity for talented men and women from throughout the Communion to study at an outstanding institution and then return to their own country perhaps as a theological educator. I hope that bishops will identify suitable individuals and encourage them to apply for a place at King’s and for a scholarship and be willing to supply supportive references”
One of the best known alumni of King’s College, London is Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was a student there from 1962 to 1966 during which time he gained a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
The scholarship which is open to postgraduate students meets the full cost of fees and provides a maintenance grant at a rate which the Trustees aim to keep broadly comparable with those provided by the British Academy and Research Councils. Scholarships are awarded for one year in the first instance but may be renewed subject to satisfactory academic progress.
The Rev Dr Giles Legood, the Chair of the trustees of the Theological Trust said “We would welcome more applications for this scholarship from around the Communion. This is a great opportunity which we wish to make better known.”
Application packs and more information about the Overseas Scholarship can be downloaded.