Scholarships & Bursaries
Gladstone’s Library is affordable for all.
When William Gladstone established his library, he wanted to ensure that anyone who would benefit from a residential period of study at Hawarden should not be prevented from doing so by financial constraint. There are various ways we endeavour to uphold Gladstone’s wishes to keep the library affordable to those who need it most:
- The collection is free to use
- We offer discounts of 20% to students, clergy and members of the Society of Authors
- We can negotiate discounts for those staying for a period of one month or more
- We offer 50 week-long residential scholarships each year
- We offer a special bursary rate to genuine scholars who need to stay and use the collection throughout any one calendar year
Please note that due to the recent Library closure we are not accepting any applications for Bursaries at this time.
We offer a Bursary Rate for those who, due to financial restraint, wouldn't be able to benefit from the facilities here without our support.
- Why you need the special Bursary rate
- Your specific area of research
- What you hope to achieve during your stay at the Library
- Why you are undertaking this research: i.e. PhD, Masters, publication, private study, Open University degree, sabbatical etc.
- Your preferred dates of study at the Library
- A brief C.V with the names and addresses of two academic referees
If you fulfil the criteria and are selected for a Bursary you will be entitled to use this subsidised rate for new bookings for the rest of the 2019 calendar year. Bookings are subject to availability and a £25 non-refundable deposit is required to secure each room booking.
Please note that due to the extended Library closure from 2020/21, we are not accepting any applications for 2022 at this time.
Gladstone’s Library is indebted to the generosity of many benefactors who have endowed our Scholarship programme. These scholarships are primarily to enable those who would find the cost of staying at Gladstone’s Library difficult or prohibitive. If you have received a scholarship within the last three years, you will not be considered for another award.
The scholarships have been given by the benefactors to ensure that research into the subjects important to them will be supported by the Library in perpetuity. If the specific objects of the scholarship cannot be filled by applicants, any remaining funds will go to support research into Gladstone’s three core subject areas: Theology and Religious Studies; History, Politics and Current Affairs; and Classical Nineteenth Century and Contemporary Literary Culture.
Applications outside of the specified subject areas will not be considered.
Please read the following Terms and Conditions carefully:
1. Length of Scholarship
Scholarships will only be awarded for a maximum of 1 week (7 nights) which should be taken in consecutive days and cannot be divided into separate blocks of days. Successful applicants have the opportunity to extend or revisit the Library during the same year at a special subsidised bursary rate. In 2020, this is £45 per night for bed and continental breakfast in a standard room.
Scholars are always housed in a standard room (non en-suite facilities). The scholarship covers only accommodation costs and continental breakfast.
Scholarships do not cover the cost of travel to and from the Library or any additional charges incurred during your stay.
Partners are welcome to stay at the same time and in the same room as the scholar, but will be charged the bursary rate of £45 per night for bed and continental breakfast. We will need to be informed of the partner’s wish to attend at the time of application.
5. Application Process
We usually accept applications between September and November for the following year.
Please email applications to the firstname.lastname@example.org (only emailed applications will be accepted), including a covering letter outlining the following information:
- Which scholarship you are applying for
- Your specific area of research
- What you hope to achieve during your residency
- Why you are undertaking this residency i.e. PhD, Masters, publication, sabbatical project, private study etc.
- Your preferred dates of study
Please also email a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) with the names and addresses of two academic referees.
6. Accepting an offer
If you receive a scholarship offer from Gladstone’s Library, you will asked to pay a non-returnable £25 administration fee. This will act as confirmation of the scholarship and of the dates you have been offered.
For a list of available scholarships please see below:
The Cotter Scholarship: The Jim Cotter Scholarship for reflection and research (including the use of the Jim Cotter Archive). The scholarships are to be awarded for: broadening the understanding of differing approaches to spirituality; encouraging inclusivity in particular of those marginalised by society; and modernising the interpretation of religious materials to improve understanding and relevance. Either five scholarships for one week or one scholarship for five weeks are awarded.
The Drew Scholarship is awarded, in the first instance, for research into aspects of the life, ideas or political / intellectual / spiritual legacy of William Ewart Gladstone. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The General Scholarship Fund supports research in the Arts and Humanities. Three scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Gladstone Scholarship is for scholars from Bulgaria and Armenia. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Richard L. Hills Scholarship is awarded for research into Theology’s relationship to Science / Technology. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Tom Jarman Scholarship is, in the first instance, for students and graduates of Bristol University, Wesley College Bristol, Bristol Baptist College and students of the Open University. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Revd Canon Dr Stewart Lawton Memorial Scholarship is awarded for research into one of the following areas: The Liberal Catholic Tradition in Anglicanism; the Interaction of Science and Religion or and European Philosophical Theology. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Revd Dr Murray McGregor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to those working on any aspect of Theology. First consideration will be given to applications from graduates, post-graduate students and members of the academic staff of the University of Edinburgh and thereafter from other Scottish universities. Six scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Bishop J. R. H. Moorman Scholarship is intended primarily for those researching Francis of Assisi or the Franciscan Order, where access to the Moorman Franciscan Library would prove beneficial. Three scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Veronica Powles Memorial Scholarship is awarded either to members of the Mothers’ Union or for study and research into women’s ministry and issues. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Dr Daisy Ronco Scholarship is awarded for research into Nineteenth Century Studies with an emphasis on the role of women. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Canon Denys Ruddy Memorial Scholarship is awarded for study in Theology, Liturgy, Spirituality, or Christianity and The Arts. Three scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Scholarship for the Study of Historical and Contemporary Slavery is for research and study in to historical or contemporary slavery.Four scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Canon Symonds Memorial Scholarship is awarded to those studying in the fields of Christian Liturgy, Biblical Studies or Church History. Three scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Father John Thorold Scholarship is for study in spirituality or liturgy. Three scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
The Ernest Walder Memorial Scholarship supports research in the Arts and Humanities. Two scholarships are awarded, each for one week.
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