The Cheshunt Foundation sponsors and finances sabbatical terms at Westminster College for ministers and lay people in ministry and teaching, usually but not always from the following:
Churches in partnership with the Council for World Mission
The United Reformed Church
The Congregational Federation
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion
The Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches
Unaffiliated Congregational Churches
Although priority is normally given to those engaged in active ministry in the churches listed above, the Foundation also warmly welcomes applicants from the wider Christian community who wish to pursue serious study to help them in their work.
What is on offer?
The Cheshunt Foundation will meet the cost of fees, lodging, and meals for an academic term in Cambridge, but no meals are provided by the college at weekends. A small book grant is available. The Foundation can help with travel costs within Britain, but travel costs from overseas are your responsibility. Accommodation is normally in a single study ensuite room in the college. However, each term one small self-contained flat is available for a sabbatical visitor accompanied by their spouse – a small weekly charge is normally made for this. (You should check with your home institution, denomination, or church whether financial help is available to cover any expenses which are incurred by you due to your absence from duty).
When can I come?
The normal sabbatical period funded by the Foundation is one academic term, i.e., 8-10 weeks. In certain circumstances, and in liaison with the Council for World Mission, a longer period may be funded, to a maximum of one academic year, where this enables a person from within the CWM partnership to pursue a course of study which would not otherwise be possible. The Michaelmas (late Sept-Dec) and Lent (Jan-Mar) terms are more suitable times for those who wish to participate in academic courses. Fewer courses are offered in the Easter term (Apr-Jun), which might be a better time of year for those whose interests lie mainly in private study. Overseas applicants should note that Cambridge can be cold in winter, especially in Lent Term: warm clothing is essential.
How and when do I apply?
Applications for Cheshunt sabbaticals are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so if you are able to be flexible at the outset it may make it easier to offer you a place. The Foundation confirms sabbatical places up to 3 years in advance, but some are occasionally available at shorter notice. Applications should be submitted as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Applications for the Cheshunt sabbatical are available here and should be submitted to:
Applications can be also made by email to the Tutorial Office with the subject clearly marked ‘CHESHUNT FOUNDATION SABBATICAL’.
Preliminary enquiries are welcome at any time. If you have any questions, please telephone our Tutorial Office on +44 (0) 1223 33 06 49 and ask for the Director of the Cheshunt Foundation. Or email your enquiry marked for the attention the Director via the Tutorial Office.