Ministry Scholarships

The academic field of ministry or ministry studies is as wide and varied as the ministry scholarships that may help you fund your education. This line of study is related to the fields of theology or religious studies. It can represent everything from Bible study to the study of sacred music. Continue reading to find out more.

What separates this major from similar fields such as theology is that it often serves as the educational training for a career as a minister or religious leader. Some colleges offer it as a major, while in other schools it consists of more of an advising program for students planning to continue their religious studies at a divinity school or seminary.

Another major differences among college ministry programs is the denominational emphasis of the program. Some programs study a range of religions and have as their academic emphasis comparative religion. Other programs are affiliated with a particular religion and study only the tenets, rituals and history of that faith. The type of program you select will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations.

Common coursework for ministerial studies includes Western philosophy, ethics, world religions, homiletics, Bible studies and intercultural communication. Your courses will most likely consist of lectures and seminars in a traditional classroom environment. However, you'll also most likely engage in field work and internships. These experiences will allow you to gain first-hand perspectives about the kind of problems you'll face as a religious minister. 

These types of programs are relatively few in number. Generally, to pursue ministerial studies at a seminary or graduate school, it is not necessary to have a ministry bachelor's degree. With most programs, any bachelor degree from an accredited institution will be good enough. At the same time, this type of program can provide you with a broad range of experiences and allow you to glimpse the religious life of a minister.

Career prospects for religious leaders should be strong over the coming decade. Employment prospects should be most robust for students with a graduate degree. Also, those individuals willing to work in urban areas and traditionally under-served areas should face the best prospects.

Listed below are a host of ministry scholarships that may help you realize your goals.

Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

Requirements to become an FTE Doctoral Fellow Applicants must be: Of African descent A U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Canadian citizen or landed immigrant Enrolled full time in an accredited Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies Finished with the course work stage of their doctoral program by the beginning of the fellowship year [If at dissertation stage] Prepared to write full time during the fellowship year Applicant’s dissertation committee must have approved the dissertation research proposal and writing plan, and given the student full approval to proceed before submission of an application for the fellowship Stipulations: Students enrolled in Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs are ineligible for this fellowship A student may be awarded an FTE Doctoral Fellowship a maximum of three times during his/her matriculation as a doctoral student Institutional Expectations: The recipient’s institution shall provide a full-tuition scholarship or remission, as a condition of the award As a condition of the award, the recipient’s institution shall host a visit (virtual or in-person) from FTE to assess the student’s needs and experiences. Each visit will include conversations with the student’s advisor and institutional leaders. Details of institutional visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

FTE Dissertation Fellowships

FTE Dissertation Fellowships are for African-American doctoral students who are writing their Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertations. The goal of this program is to increase completion rates and shorten time-to-degree periods for African-American doctoral students who intend to teach and do research in theological schools.To apply for an FTE Dissertation Fellowship, you must: * be an African-American doctoral student in religion, theology or biblical studies * be in the final writing stage of your dissertation * be a U.S. citizenYour dissertation committee must have approved your dissertation research proposal and writing plan, and given you permission to proceed before you submit your application for the FTE Dissertation Fellowship. You must be able to write full-time during the fellowship year.

Eugene & Lydia Herman Scholarship Fund

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Herman, this scholarship is awarded to second or third year students in the School of Theology M.Div. program who are candidates for ordination or licensing for pastoral ministry in either a Presbyterian or Lutheran Church.

Unitarian Universalist Association Scholarships for Ministerial Education

Students enrolled full-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Candidate status is required. Application: Contact Christine May at For further information: Master of Divinity

Bishop James C. Baker Scholarship

Candidates for this scholarship must be a campus minister with an MDiv. doing advance studies and planning to stay in campus ministry. Must have 3 years of experience in campus ministry and have been a member of the United Methodist Church for at least 3 years.

Hershell & Gladys Umbaugh Scholarship

Scholarship for Concordia Theological Ministries.

School of Theology Grants - Team Ministry Grants

Fuller offers these grants to married couples who are pursuing a join ministry. Both students must be accepted in a M.A. or M.Div. program in the School of Theology. Under this program, eligible students pay full rate for the first 16 units of their combined tuition each quarter. One student then receives a Team Ministry Grant, which covers 75% of the remaining tuition cost for that quarter. Both students must complete separate financial aid applications.

Ministry Fellows Program

For students: * with excellent capacities for ministry and superior academic ability. * entering seminary in the fall to pursue ministry as a career.

Sabbatical Grants for Pastoral Leaders

The program is open to Protestant and Roman Catholic clergy, church staff members, denominational and diocesan staff, and others employed full time in recognized positions of pastoral leadership, ordained and lay. Seminary administrators and faculty members are not eligible for this grant program. The program is open to pastoral leaders in the United States and Canada. Past recipients of Louisville Institute sabbatical (SGPL), study (SGPL), and research (RGRL) awards for pastoral leaders are not eligible. Recipients must be released from all pastoral duties during the entire grant period. A note to Doctor of Ministry degree and other degree candidates

AGBU - Religious Studies Fellowship

AGBU offers scholarships to graduate students of Armenian descent worldwide (excluding citizens of Armenia studying in Armenia) who are pursuing religious studies (theology, youth ministry). Applicants must be enrolled in full-time degree programs at seminaries or highly selective colleges/universities worldwide with a GPA of 3.0 and above as measured by the American grading system scale. Grants are awarded annually in the range of $1,500-$5,000 USD, and applicants may apply for renewal for up to three (3) years toward seminary/college/university education expenses.

Juliette Mather Scholarship

Awarded to female college students preparing for Christian ministry. Application Deadline February 1—Awarded in April Criteria for All Scholarship Applicants: Our primary mission focus is to assist Baptist students and/or entities, with activities that further the cause of Christ around the world. To be eligible for an MK scholarship, applicants must show that their parents are affiliated with a Southern Baptist-related entity.

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