We're committed to supporting academic research of the highest standard to further understanding of how the Bible is experienced in contemporary society. We're keen to support work with a strong public benefit that informs pastoral practice and/or Christian dialogue with wider culture. Sounds like something you'd like to research? Read on ...
Please note that due to the number of students now being supported by our research grants we are closed for new applications for 2023–2024 and 2024–2025.
We invite applications for full or part funding of fees for MPhil/PhD research projects which fit either criterion A or criterion B below.
A: The Bible in the Church
This stream of research should address questions of how the Bible is encountered in church communities and amongst individual Christians within England and Wales. It may focus on particular tribes, denominations or streams of Christians, or particular demographic groups. In addition to examining explicit engagement with the Bible or Lectionary texts, research may also focus on how the Bible is experienced through practices, people or the fabric around gathered church communities.
We are particularly interested in research proposals that examine how Christians grow in confidence with the Bible, or the barriers that can disrupt growth in Bible confidence. Alongside this, we welcome applications with a specific focus on:
B: The Bible in Society
This stream of research should address questions of how the Bible is encountered in the public space by people in England and Wales. It may focus on individual, group or broader societal and structural engagement with the Bible. It may focus on how the Bible shapes Christian interaction and presence in wider society, or how the Bible is experienced or understood at a distance from the practising Christian community.
We are particularly interested in research proposals that address the question of how Christians can best relate the Bible to their public lives. Alongside this, we welcome applications with a specific focus on:
Applications will be assessed on:
Before applying applicants will need to have been offered a place at an institution to conduct this research, and have a supervisor in place.
Applicants will be required to submit a proposal of no more than 2,000 words, focusing on the aims, research questions and methodology of the research, suggestions for impact and wider dissemination of the potential insights gained, and a literature review. This should be supplemented with a bibliography to demonstrate an understanding of the existing knowledge in this field.
In addition to this, applicants will also need to submit an Academic Grants Application Form, which includes information such as:
These areas of interest are not exclusive, and we welcome applications that may not easily fit into these criteria.
Applicants are also asked to provide a CV to evidence their degree and the award received, and any relevant work experience or academic prizes won.
We are working with our colleagues at Kirby Laing Centre to assess applications for these grants. Please visit their website for further information.