COB seeks applications for Bossey scholarship

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey is the international centre for encounter, dialogue and formation of the World Council of Churches

For immediate Release - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for a scholarship to attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey  near Geneva, Switzerland.

The Ecumenical Institute was founded by The World Council of Churches in 1946 as an “ecumenical laboratory,” bringing together students of ecumenism from across the Christian community. 

 The Council of Bishops is offering an annual scholarship to one student to participate in the “Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies” (CC) through Bossey in conjunction with the University of Geneva. A total amount of $10,000 US will be sent to Bossey on behalf of the chosen student. 

Applicants for this scholarship must be active UMC members, between the ages of 22 and 30, preparing through an approved seminary for vocational ministry in The United Methodist Church. They also must be accepted by Bossey into this program.  Completed applications for this scholarship must be received by the Council of Bishops’ office no later than October 1, 2020. 

Click here for Application form for Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (PDF)
Click here for Application form for Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (WORD)

Any questions about these programs should be directed to Council of Bishops Ecumenical Staff Officer Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst via email at
Notification will be given to the scholarship recipient no later than October 9, 2020 so the recipient can complete his or her application to Bossey in time.  For more information about the CC in Ecumenical Studies, go to


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