The Spalding Trust

Level of study
Doctoral research, Postgraduate research masters, Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Theology and Religion
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
None. Open all year.

Award Description

The Trust was founded by Mr and Mrs H.N. Spalding in the 1920s to promote a better understanding between the great cultures of the world by encouraging the study of the religious principles on which they are based.

Value of Award

Trustees make grants from the main fund - often up to £2,000 for any one grant - to encourage the study of a recognised religious tradition other than one's own or to study religion from a comparative perspective.

Eligibility Criteria

In the case of individuals, a grant may be offered, for example, to support the costs involved in a research project or the cost of publication of the results of research.

  • The Trustees are particularly interested in research projects which are backed by a professional ability to raise the standard of knowledge of religious principles and practices, and to interpret their relation to contemporary society. 
  • The Trustees are willing to consider applications for assistance with travelling expenses, but they would need to be assured that they would thereby be supporting projects that have a specific bearing on the Trust's interests. 
  • In general, the Trustees are reluctant to approve requests for assistance with the expenses of undertaking or completing first-degree courses. 

The Trust's resources do not permit assistance to applicants to whom adequate other sources of finance are available. In a number of cases, the grant may be offered only in support of major funding from elsewhere. No grant may be offered for a study or project within the context of the applicant's own religion unless there is likely to be a significant result in the improvement of inter-religious understanding. Trustees do not normally make grants retrospectively for a project that has already been undertaken. 

In special circumstances Trustees will consider applications for recurrent grants that may extend over one year; normally they expect an application to be made on each occasion that a grant is requested.

How to Apply

Guidelines for applications can be found on the Trust website. If you consider that your application comes within the terms of the Trust, the following information is needed for postgraduate interfaith study or projects:

  • An outline of your proposal (if it is a course, please give details).
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae, with your own religious commitment, if any. 
  • Details of your budget and of other sources of possible funding to whom you have applied, by completing a hard copy of the financial statement. 
  • Kindly arrange for the Secretary to receive at least one (preferably two) academic references on your behalf. The Trust will not itself seek references; applicants are themselves responsible for asking for letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Secretary of the Spalding Trust.

Applications are considered monthly by Trustees but only after receipt of all the details requested. It is usual for Trustees to take three months to reach a decision on an application; applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.