The Foundation makes two types of award:
Personal Awards and Corporate Awards.

Personal awards

The Trustees earmark about a quarter of the Foundation’s annual income – that is, about £40,000 pa – in order to be able to make grants to individuals for studies and research in Theology and Religious education.

Personal awards are made to support individuals who are studying Theology or Religious Education; or who are undertaking research – leading to a Masters’ degree or PhD – in these fields. Personal awards are not made for study in any other subject areas.

Personal Awards are usually only made for studies and research at postgraduate level, which lead to the award of a university degree or credits.

Personal awards are normally only made to UK-based students studying at UK institutions. With few exceptions, Personal Awards are given to support serving clergy, ministers, church workers and teachers of RE who are undertaking postgraduate studies and research linked to their role. Support for full-time PhD students is very limited.

Privacy notice & the General Data Protection Regulation

Please note that applications for the Foundation’s awards are processed on computer systems. The Foundation’s Privacy Notice is available here; this explains how we process personal data relating to Personal awards. The Foundations General Privacy Policy is available here.

Corporate awards

Corporate Awards are made to departments of theology and RE in universities, colleges and other agencies operating at university level, to enhance their capacity to provide theological and religious education at this level. Corporate Awards are usually small and short-term. A benefit to the South-West is expected.

 The Trustees do not predetermine the kinds of studies or initiatives that they are prepared to support. Rather, they review all applications which appear to be within the Object, in order that they may be aware of unmet needs, and respond to the quality of the application, and to the ways in which it seeks to advance further and higher education in these fields.

Priority is therefore given to pump-priming initiatives, and other such situations where, if the initiative proves itself – may enable the grant-holder to demonstrate success to bodies which engage in longer-term funding.

How to apply

Only one round of awards is made each academic year.

From January 1st annually
You can obtain an Application Pack and an Application Form to apply for an Award by e-mailing the [email protected], giving brief details about yourself and your plans. Please include your postal address. Please note that Application Packs are NOT sent out after April 10th.

1st May: is the closing date for the Director to receive your completed application.

30th June: is the date on which the successful applicants are notified of their Award.

1st September: – the traditional date for the beginning of the academic year in the UK – is the date from which a new Award is normally tenable.


  • Appointment of Director

    The Foundation’s Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Revd Chris Martin who became the Foundation’s Director on 1st October 2023.  

    Before becoming the Director, Chris Martin served as Team Rector of the Golden Cap Benefice, a large group of parishes in West Dorset and East Devon, in the Diocese of Salisbury. He has also been an Associate Tutor for the South West Ministerial Training Course (SWMTC). Prior to ordination, Chris was employed as a Chartered Accountant and as a Tutor with a Financial Training Company.  

    Taken together, these experiences are well-matched to the role of Director given the Foundation’s responsibility for Anglican Chaplaincy at the University of Exeter and its role in funding theological education and supporting RE in schools.  

    Chris is a graduate of the University of the West of England (BA (Hons) in Accounting an &Finance) and also of Anglia Ruskin University (BA in Christian Theology).  

    Speaking of his new appointment he said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as the Foundation’s next Director. Having benefitted enormously from the investment made in my own religious and theological education, and with such a keen sense of the significance and importance of chaplaincy in our day and age, I feel very much in tune with the Foundation’s principal objectives and  look forward to using the skills and experience I have acquired over several careers in serving St Luke’s in the furtherance of its aims and objectives.”   The office and registered address of the Foundation have now moved. Details are on the Contacts page of the Foundation’s website.


  • St Luke’s Chapel project

    The Foundation is responsible for the St Luke’s Chapel on the University of Exeter’s St Luke’s Campus.

    A major development of the Chapel is now underway. Read all about it on the University’s website – Historic landmark church getting a £1.2 million makeover – News (

  • St Luke’s/Farmington Scholarship

    St Luke’s-Farmington Scholarships are awarded jointly by the St Luke’s College Foundation and the Farmington Institute.  During the period of the Scholarship regular tutorials are held, either at the University of Exeter or with a locally appointed Farmington supervisor.   The Scholarships are for teachers of Religious Education or associated subjects currently teaching in secondary schools, and primary school RE co-ordinators or other primary school teachers involved in teaching RE, who are located in the South-West region of England.

    Further information about the scholarships, including the application process, can be found on the Farmington website. (

  • News about awards

    Applications for awards

    Application packs for 2024 awards, available until 10th April 2024, will be sent on request – see the Contacts page for details of how to contact the Foundation.

    When requesting a pack please provide a brief outline of your proposed study and a postal address. Note: awards are only made to UK based students studying at UK institutions of Higher Education for a post-graduate qualification. The Foundation does not normally make awards to international students.

    Please note that for the 2024 round of awards, Trustees wish to encourage applications for studies in Practical Theology and also for studies linked to the teaching of RE in school.

    Completed applications for 2024 awards must be submitted by 1st May 2024. In view of the time taken to put an application together Application Packs will not be sent out after 10th April 2024. Awards will be announced at the end of June 2024 and are tenable from September 2024.

    PGCE Secondary RE

    The Foundation will not be making awards to PGCE Secondary RE students in 2024.

  • Old website now retired

    The Foundation’s old website at has now been retired. Please use the new website here at from now on.