Grants & Scholarships

Ministers’ Study Grants

Are you a Presbyterian minister planning on further study? Do you know that you can apply for a study grant from the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership?

Applications are invited in March and September each year for post-ordination study grants for ministers in good standing of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. These grants are made possible through the generosity of the Mary Ann Morrison and M S Robert­son estates and are administered by the Senatus of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

Who can apply?

Ministers (NOM, LOM, Amorangi) in good standing in the PCANZ, including those who have been accepted through the Receptions process by the Personnel Workgroup; and have been asked to complete supplementary study as part of the requirements.

What are the rules?

1. The proposed course of learning will aid the applicant’s professional development as a ministry practitioner.
2. There is a defined benefit to mission and ministry at local, regional or national levels of the PCANZ.
3. Ministry context and presbytery approval has been obtained for the learning, where appropriate.

4. A report (whether in person, in paper or in other creative means), is made to KCML and Hewitson Library, summarising the learnings for mission and ministry.

Priority is normally given to assisting with the payment of academic or course fees for an approved course of study.  Other costs associated with undertaking certain courses of study are considered on a case by case basis, but do not include the purchase of books or equipment. Where overseas travel is involved, applicants should first apply to the Best Travel Fund.

Under normal circumstances, grants do not exceed one-third of the study costs involved and may be held in conjunction with other scholarships and grants other than the Postgraduate Scholarship. Grants are not made retrospectively and relate only to costs to be incurred by the scholarship holder themselves.

Please note:  successful applicants who move to ministries or other positions outside of the PCANZ within two years of receiving a grant may be required to repay up to 50% of the grant received.

How do I apply?

Applicants are asked to address the criteria and set out their expected costs including con­ference fees, tuition fees, basic accommodation and travel, and to supply any other informa­tion that may be relevant.

Enquiries to: The Registrar, Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street Opoho, Dunedin. Email. Phone: 03 473 0783.

Closing date for the next round of applications: 30th September 2016.

Theology Study Grants   

We are unable to offer Theology Study Grants from 1 July 2016 as the Trust Funds to pay for them has now been depleted. Applications received prior to 30th June 2016 will still be considered.

Stewart Mackay Sanderson Scholarship

 Applications are invited from persons who fulfil the conditions for the Stewart Mackay Sanderson Scholarship. The scholarship is of the annual value of $2,000 and is tenable for three years.

Candidates may study for one or other of the following professions: Ministry of the Presbyterian Church, Medicine, Law, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Architecture.

Preference will be given to those candidates who furnish satisfactory proof of their intention to study for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church.


  1. Candidates may be either males or females and need not be resident in New Zealand but the scholarship shall be open only to those candidates who comply with the following conditions, that is to say:-
  2. Whose surname is Stewart or Mackay or Sanderson and thus spelt.
  3. Who, whatever his or her original name may have been, has, before being awarded the scholarship, taken on or more of the names Stewart, Mackay or Sanderson as his/her name either in addition to or in place of his/her first name, Christian name or surname, and has lodged with the Trustees a statutory declaration of his/her having taken or assumed such name, but such candidate must establish to the satisfaction of the Trustees his/her relationship or kinship with the late James Sanderson, Architect of Auckland, New Zealand or his wife.
  4. Preference shall be given to candidates who, in the opinion of the Trustees, satisfactorily establish their relationship or kinship with the late James Sanderson, Architect of Auckland, New Zealand or his wife. In the event of their being several candidates, preference shall be given to candidate who so established the nearest relationship or kinship to the late James Sanderson, Architect of Auckland, New Zealand or his wife.
  5. Candidates must be British subjects and unmarried. They must have passed their nineteenth birthday but not have passed their twenty-sixth birthday on the 31st day of December is the year is which he or she may be selected.

Candidates, in making their application, must furnish to the Trustees:-

  1. A certificate of age.
  2. A full and complete statement of his or her educational career both at school and at college.
  3. Evidence of fondness for and success in outdoor sports.
  4. Evidence of character.

Closing dates for applications: 31st March each year

How do students apply? By letter to:
The Registrar, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street, Dunedin 9010.   Phone: (03) 473 0783 E-mail:

footprintsThornton-Blair International Travelling Scholarship

The Thornton-Blair Trust provides scholarships for overseas postgraduate studies, especially in the field of Christian Education and Social Science. Enquiries to: The Registrar, Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership, Knox College, Arden Street Opoho, Dunedin. Email. Phone: 03 473 0783.