Fellowships & Grants for Deacons


Diaconia Graduate Fellowships for Doctoral Studies
By assisting deacons in higher education, this fellowship aims to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and administration in schools of theology, colleges, universities, and institutions and agencies of the church. Up to $10,000 may be awarded to the top two applicants. Apply on the Loans & Scholarships section. For more information contact the Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of deacon support for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Completed applications are due March 5.

Diaconia Graduate Fellowships
For deacons (in full or provisional membership) and diaconal ministers who plan to teach or serve as an administrator in a school of theology, college, or university or in another institution or agency of the church. Awards of up to $10,000 (based on applicant’s budget and study plans) made annually to graduate students selected for their intellectual competence, academic achievements, promise of usefulness, personal qualities, and clarity of spiritual purpose and commitment. Applicant must be a full-time doctoral student in an accredited academic institution and have been accepted for work in a doctoral program (preferably Ph.D.) prior to the year for which the award is granted.  Applicant must demonstrate academic ability and financial need. Visit the Loans & Scholarships page to apply. Applications are due March 1.


Emerging Ministry Grants

Deacons in candidacy or provisional or full membership and diaconal ministers may apply for funds up to $5,000 to develop cutting-edge and innovative ministries in peace and justice. Request an application from the Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of deacon support for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.


Subsidy for Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) and Certification in Specialized Ministry
Candidates for church-related certification in specialized ministry and for ordination as deacon in full connection taking theological studies at a seminary (but not enrolled in a degree program) are eligible for financial assistance for individual courses. Download Form 116.

The Rosalie Bentzinger Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship of $5,000 is designed to recognize a United Methodist student pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian education at a graduate theological institution. Apply online before March 5.

The Schisler Graduate Award
This scholarship of about $2,000 assists outstanding United Methodist graduate students who have chosen a career as a lay person or ordained deacon professional Christian educator in a congregation (this can include Christian educators and directors of discipleship, spiritual formation, urban ministry, or other). Apply online before March 1.

Special Seminary Scholarship
Students under age 30 who have started the ordained ministry candidacy process and who are pursuing a master of divinity degree at a United Methodist seminary can apply for a scholarship of about $2,000. Apply here.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
The foundation offers a number of scholarships. Visit its web site to learn more.

Don't forget to talk to your United Methodist seminary's financial aid department to learn about more financial aid opportunities.

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