Research Grants

The Fund makes grants to support post-ordination study by clergy serving in the Church of England and in churches in communion with it, and who are committed to a traditional Catholic understanding of the priesthood and episcopate.

Postgraduate Degree Courses and Research

The Trustees primarily support study in the fields of theology and church history that will enrich the Church. They may support study in other fields if it can be shown that this is likely to be of benefit to the Church in general or the candidate’s ministry in particular.The Trustees aim to offer auxiliary funding. They do not normally provide the principal part of any funding required, and will not give financial support to a candidate who has embarked on a course without ensuring that the bulk of necessary funding is already secure.

Candidates must submit with the Application Form a letter providing a concise account of their proposed course of study, and they must show that the necessary administrative arrangements to register them for the course are in hand.
 Applications from overseas clergy must be forwarded by the applicant's bishop and with his support. 

Funding for a second and subsequent years is considered by the Trustees on receipt of a formal request from the candidate, and must be evidenced by a satisfactory progress report from the candidate's academic supervisor.

Sabbatical Research Projects

Grants will not normally be given for retreats, pilgrimages or travel. However, as an academic trust the Fund can exceptionally support sabbatical projects that involve serious academic research and writing. Candidates must submit the Application Form, amended as necessary, with a concise account of their proposed field of research. They will be asked to provide an article based on the results of their studies for publication in New Directions, and acknowledging the financial assistance provided by the Cleaver Fund. 

Continuing Study

The Fund offers modest book grants and library subscriptions to clergy who have been ordained for ten years or more, to encourage the recovery of the habit of continuing theological study. Candidates must complete the relevant sections of the Application Form and provide a book list.

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