LWF international awards in Theology

  • Master, Bachelor, Course
  • A tuition-fee
  • 1 October 2020

"A sustainable way to empower men and women" for the church's ministries

(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work. “Education is a very sustainable way to empower men and women for their work in the church and its different ministries,” says Rev. Katariina Kiilunen, program executive for Capacity Building and Leadership Development.

“We encourage all churches to submit applications and provide suitable candidates with the opportunity to obtain good qualifications and develop their personal potential in order to serve their churches well.”

Applications can be made for a variety of study programs and courses, undergraduate as well as post-graduate studies. Short-term scholarships of up to one year for training courses, workshops, exchange programs, or research projects are also available.

“This scholarship program provides opportunities to churches and students for working in fields such as human rights, gender justice, climate justice, psycho-social support or the medical field,” Kiilunen explains the wide range of possibilities. Students’ qualifications should directly benefit the ministries of their churches. Fields of studies can include health, education, sustainability, human rights, gender, environmental studies, food security, and international relations.

In total, 50 scholarships are awarded for studies in diakonia and development, and 30 for theological studies.

Lutheran World Federation
This is a scholarship by

Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of national and regional Lutheran denominations headquartered in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

All Scholarships from Lutheran World Federation


The theological scholarships are open to all LWF member churches. However, 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 church leaders.

Duolingo English Test

Certify your English proficiency with the Duolingo English Test! The DET is a convenient, fast, and affordable online English test accepted by over 4,000 universities around the world.

Take A Free Practice Test!


A tuition-fee.


Applications can only be submitted through LWF member churches. Individuals interested in a scholarship should contact their church office.

Each LWF member church may 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 are considered.

Apply Now

Sign Up for Scholarship Updates

Get an email every week that 10.000's of students use to get the latest scholarships.