Academic Grants

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... 

Funding Criteria

We invite applications for full or part funding of fees for M.Phil/PhD research projects which fit either criteria A or criteria 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:

  • the Bible amongst children and young people
  • the Bible in communities with lower literacy levels
  • the Bible in Charismatic and Pentecostal expressions
  • the Bible in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic church communities

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 practicing 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:

  • the Bible in Early Years, Primary or Secondary Education
  • the Bible in the digital space
  • the Bible and ‘non-religious spirituality’
  • the Bible in the workplace

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