WCC scholarships programme (World Council of Churches)

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The WCC scholarships programme is an ecumenical resource sharing tool that seeks to accompany the member churches of WCC and related church organizations in the development of their human resources.

The WCC Scholarships Programme is coordinated through a network of National Correspondents, normally working with the Council of Churches and a National Scholarships Committee. An important aspect of the programme is that initial endorsement and prioritization of applications takes place locally.

Application forms for the WCC Scholarships Programme are available from the National Correspondent of each country, and downloadable from the Scholarships Programme website http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/education/scholarships-e.html where further details, including the contact information of the National Correspondents, can also be found.

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Procedures for dealing with applications vary from country to country and the process can take up to twelve months. Applications should therefore be submitted well in advance of the projected starting date.


All potential candidates from WCC member churches wishing to receive an individual study scholarship must meet the following general criteria in order to be considered:

Applications may only be submitted by WCC member churches according to their specific human resource needs relating to diakonia and development related work. No applications from individuals lacking appropriate recommendation from a WCC member church will be considered. Applicants are required to provide any additional information related to their application as requested by the WCC scholarships office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure proper channels of communications are maintained throughout the application process. Individuals must have completed secondary education, possess basic training for employment and preferably come with several years of work experience related to the proposed field of study. Applicants should also hold the necessary qualifications to undertake the proposed programme of study and be committed to participating fully in the life of the host community during the period of study. The applicant can only begin studies in the year following the application and confirmation of award from the WCC scholarships office, i.e. 2012 applicants can only begin studies in 2013. The applicant must agree to the terms of award that specify she/he must return to her/his respective country and the requesting body to take up the task/role for which the study was requested once she/he has completed the programme of study. The period of service is to be specifically agreed with the requesting body as part of the application process and mutually confirmed prior to the award of scholarships.


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