Fellowship Partners Program

Funding Agency:
Episcopal Church Foundation

ECF has a long-standing commitment to raising up learned leaders for the Episcopal Church.  Since 1964 ECF has awarded over 195 Fellowships to individuals pursuing advanced academic studies and special ministries with the aim of educating and equipping future clergy and lay leaders.

Through the Fellowship Partners Program, ECF awards fellowships for both academic and transformational ministries. In return, Fellows share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church in practical ways. The emphasis is on partnerships that will have an important impact in their local communities and beyond, and enhance lay and clergy leadership formation. ECF seeks relationships with Fellows not only when they are receiving financial support, but over the long haul, so that our community of Fellows may serve as a gift and resource to the Church in serving God's mission.

  • Academic Track: Applicants will provide a synopsis of the proposed course of study, express a commitment to forming the next generation of scholars and ministry leaders, demonstrate the need for this particular study, and propose a methodology for sharing the knowledge, experience, or best practices gained in this study.
  • Ministry Track: Applicants will provide an outline of the proposed ministry, show how this helps to develop leaders in the Episcopal Church, describe how the wider Church will benefit from this ministry, and propose a methodology for sharing the knowledge, experience, or best practices gained in this project. Examples include, but are not limited to, pilot projects in an emerging area of congregational development, adaptations of existing programs in new locations, or the development and testing of resources designed for congregational or community use.

Please note: only ministry track applications will be sought in the 2023 application cycle.

Applications for the Ministry Track only are due on March 17, 2023.

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Eligibility Requirements

Both lay and clergy applications are welcome. Members of the Episcopal Church and other provinces of the Anglican Communion are welcome to apply.



Amount Description

Typically, ECF has awarded three to four Fellowships per year.Awards range up to $15,000 and Fellows may apply to renew grants for up to three years (renewal grants are capped at $10,000).

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

March 17, 2023