Ecumenical: Grants/Scholarships

Local Initiative Grants – Every year the Council of Bishops awards 3 grants to annual conferences from around the world that are involved in ecumenical and/or interreligious ministry.  These grants are for $1,000 US each and must be used for ministry projects that focus on ecumenical/interreligious relationship-building both in invitation and goal.  Applications are solicited in July or August and are awarded by the end of the year for projects designed for the following year.

UMEIT: Global Grant – Every year the Council of Bishops awards one grant to an annual conference who would like to sponsor and host a United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training.  This opportunity must be initiated by the bishop of a Central Conference, and she or he must be involved in the design and teaching.

Bossey Scholarship – Every year the Council of Bishops awards 1 scholarship for a United Methodist young adult to participate in the graduate program at the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.  The best candidate for this opportunity will be a young adult attending seminary and able to take a semester off to travel for this 5-month program.  Applications are solicited in July or August for attendance in the following year’s program.

UMEIT: USA Scholarships -  Every year the Council of Bishops awards several partial scholarships for young adults and/or first-time attendees to participate in the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training held in the United States.  Applications are solicited around the first of the year and are awarded in time for the May or June event somewhere in the United States.

Other Scholarships – are awarded as events and opportunities arise.  For example, every few years, the Council of Bishops will offer partial scholarships for United Methodists from around the world to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions.