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Foundation of St. Matthias


The Foundation of St Matthias is a trust, formed following the closure and sale of the College of St Matthias in 1979. The College was a Church of England College of Education but following a decline in the birth-rate and a reduction in the number of teachers required for training, the then Secretary of State for Education and Science requested that the college be closed. The assets were sold and the income invested to form a trust fund.

The Foundation's primary objective is the advancement of education in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucester, with a preference for higher and further education; such education contributing to the advancement of the Church of England.

Do you:
-have a hypothesis you would love to research?
-have a project you would love to pursue?

Would your research / project enhance the Church of England in its mission?

Would your research/project have a long term impact (legacy component)?

Is a lack of finance the only thing stopping you following your dream?

If so the St Matthias Trust might be able to help.


In order to qualify for a scholarship we ask that you: 
  • Have a well thought out area for research or a developed plan for a project; 
  • Have identified a suitably qualified supervisor for your work; 
  • Can identify how your study / project will contribute to the work of the Church of England.
Applicants will need to demonstrate: 
  • Enthusiasm for studying and pursuing a vocation within the tenets of the Trust;
    Commitment to making a significant contribution to religious life through the medium of the Church of England or of a Church in communion therewith; 
  • Good communication skills in order to disseminate/publish the progress of your research/project and to fulfil the ambassadorial role;
  • High quality academic record and grades awarded to date; 
  • Proven circumstances and need for financial support.

How to apply

Applications for assistance must be made on the appropriate form obtainable from the Clerk to the Trustees. http://www.stmatthiastrust.org.uk/index.php


Applications for 2019/20 academic year are now closed.  Details for 2020/21 will be advertised when available.

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