Farmington Scholarships

Now open to UK secondary and primary school teachers,
teachers of RE to children with Special Educational Needs, and Headteachers

Academic Year 2019-20

The Farmington Institute
The aim of the Farmington Institute is to support and encourage teachers of Religious Education in schools, and Headteachers working on values and standards. The Institute awards Scholarships to UK teachers of Religious Education in schools and headteachers, publishes discussion papers and arranges conferences.

The Farmington Institute Library
The Farmington Institute Library

What types of Scholarships are available?
The Scholarships may be divided into two types: university-based and school/home-based. Teachers who live within a reasonable distance of one of the selected universities or colleges may be awarded a university-based Scholarship. The academic facilities of the colleges and universities are available for Scholars. The selected universities and colleges are given below:

  • Bath, Bath Spa University, Religions, Philosophies & Ethics, Department of Humanities
  • Belfast, St Mary’s University College; Stranmillis University College; Queen’s University Belfast
  • Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education/Homerton College
  • Durham, University of Durham, St Chad’s College
  • Exeter, University of Exeter, School of Education (preferably Spring or Summer term)
  • Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, School of Education, John Anderson Campus
  • Lampeter/Carmarthen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Department of Theology & Religious Studies; and Liverpool John Moores University
  • Norwich, University of East Anglia, Centre for Spirituality & Religion in Education, School of Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Oxford, University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College (residential, max 8 weeks, or non-residential)
  • Warwick, University of Warwick, Institute of Education, Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit
  • York, York St John University

University-based Scholarships awarded may be taken as a block of up to eight weeks or in the form of day release up to 30 days. The Scholarships to be taken within university terms.

Teachers with school/home-based Scholarships will be assigned a Farmington Tutor. The Scholarship may be taken in the form of day release, for instance for one day a week over a term or over the year, or for a continuous period up to a maximum of 30 days.

CLICK HERE – for further information about the Colleges and Universities

Who is eligible?
The Scholarships are for teachers of Religious Education and associated subjects in UK secondary schools and primary school RE co-ordinators or other primary school teachers involved in teaching RE, and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs who are involved with RE. Headteachers who wish to undertake research into values and standards in schools, school leadership, school improvement, or religious education are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have completed at least two years in their present post.

What subjects may be studied?
Scholars are free to study any aspect of Religious Education or associated subjects they wish but preference will be given to applicants whose work can be seen to be of direct value to the teaching of RE in schools. Occasionally the Institute, in conjunction with one of its partner universities or colleges, may advertise for an RE teacher to undertake research on a specific topic which is relevant to RE.

How much will it cost?
The Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale.

What is required of the Scholars?
All Scholars are expected to produce an outline study plan of their project, which must be sent to the the Farmington Institute before the start of the Scholarship. Towards the end of the Scholarship, the Scholar will give a presentation on their work at the University/School and again at our 2019 conference. All Scholars are expected to produce a written report on the work they have undertaken, which must be sent to the Farmington Institute on completion of the Scholarship.

During the period of the Scholarship, there will be regular tutorials and at least one visit to the Farmington Institute.

Scholars are required to attend the Scholars’ Conference before their Scholarship and the Conference after their Scholarship. Scholars who are still actively involved with RE will be invited to all subsequent conferences. The 2019 Conference will take place from 28th – 30th June 2019; and the 2020 Conference from 26th – 28th June 2020.


Application forms for Scholarships  are available from the Farmington Institute. The closing date for applications for the academic year 2019/20 is 27th January 2019.

Applicants may be asked to come for interview by the Selection Board. Interviews for Scholarships will take place in February-April 2019.


Further information about the Farmington Institute, its Scholarships and the work of previous Scholars is to be found on this website. Please contact us for other enquiries.