LWF call for scholarship applications

LWF encourages member churches to apply for scholarships. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano

Supporting students of theology, and development and diakonia

(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work. “Our regular scholarships last at least one year and aim to build the capacity of LWF member churches,” says Marina Doelker, LWF Secretary for Diakonia and Development. “We also award short-term scholarships of up to six months for training courses, workshops, exchange programs or research projects in both areas.”

Applications can only be submitted through LWF member churches. Individuals interested in a scholarship should contact their church office. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2018.

Diakonia/development scholarships

Eligible for the diaconal and development scholarships are applicants from LWF member churches from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, whose studies will benefit the ministries of their church. Fields of studies can include health, education, sustainability, human rights, gender, food security and international relations.

“We especially encourage the applications of women,” Doelker emphasizes. “Preference will be given to those who aim for a career supporting their church, which should be indicated in the current work, future position, and the church endorsement.”

Theological scholarships

The theological scholarships are open to all LWF member churches, although preference will be given to applications from Africa, Asia, Central Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and those recommended for higher degrees (masters and doctoral degrees) who intend to work as educators, pastors, and leaders.

In total, 50-80 scholarships will be awarded for studies in diaconia and development and 20-25 for theological studies. Additional funding is available for short-term training of up to six months in the areas of diakonia and development. An endorsement by the respective LWF member church is required.

Each LWF member church can submit up to five applications, respecting the LWF quota of 40 percent men/ women and 20 percent young adults below the age of 30 years. No applications from individuals will be considered. The application deadline for all scholarships is 1 October 2018.