Trinity College Theological School Moorhouse Doctoral Scholarship

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

At Trinity College, we are deeply committed to our Anglican heritage. In support of our vision to be globally recognised as a leading theological education and research institution, two scholarships for full-time PhD candidates will be awarded for our Theological School, commencing in 2020. These transformational scholarships include course fee remission and a living allowance.

The scholarships celebrate the vision, intellect and achievements of James Moorhouse, the second Bishop of Melbourne, who established the Theological School at Trinity in 1878.


To be eligible, students must:

  • meet the academic and admission requirements of the University of Divinity PhD program
  • plan to study full-time through the Trinity College Theological School
  • have their research topic approved by Trinity College
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or international student who can attain a valid student visa prior to commencement.

Fields of research

Applications are encouraged from scholars who wish to pursue doctoral research in any of the following fields:

  • New Testament and Christian Origins
  • Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • Modern Systematic Theology
  • Anglican Identity and Mission

Interested candidates should discuss their eligibility and proposed topic before applying by contacting the Dean of the Theological School, the Revd Associate Professor Bob Derrenbacker at robertd@trinity.edu.au

Value and duration

Total value of $132,000AUD.

  • 100% University of Divinity fee remission for three years of a full-time doctorate degree, currently valued at $51,000
  • three-year living allowance, valued at around $27,000 per year (total $81,000)

Special conditions

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • Scholarships cannot be taken up at other colleges of the University of Divinity.
  • Students must successfully enrol at the University of Divinity following the usual PhD application process after discussing their proposed research topic with Trinity.
  • Prospective candidates may negotiate to commence in semester two of 2020 by contacting the Trinity College Theological School registrar at tcts@trinity.edu.au
  • Scholarship recipients must meet the University of Divinity’s expectations for academic progress, and the scholarship may be withdrawn if satisfactory progress or full-time enrolment is not maintained.

Closing dates

For commencement in Semester 1, 2020 (February):

  • Australian students – 30 September 2019
  • Overseas students – 30 June 2019.

For commencement in Semester 2, 2020 (July):

  • Australian students – 31 March 2020
  • Overseas students – 30 October 2019

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to apply.

Contact the Dean of the Theological School, the Revd Dr Bob Derrenbacker at robertd@trinity.edu.au

What next?
Applicants must follow the standard application process for pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Divinity.

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