Due to the on-going pandemic, the College is re-advertising the Reid Fellowship. Applications are invited to take up the Fellowship in 2022.

As a Resource Centre for Learning of the United Reformed Church, the primary purpose of Westminster College, Cambridge, is to equip the Church for ministry and mission in the twenty-first century by providing courses and programmes of study for the whole church, including initial ministerial training. The College therefore invites applications for a Reid Fellowship sabbatical of one term (ten weeks) in 2022 from scholars or practitioners who wish to pursue research into Christian ministry or Christian education. Applications are welcome from biblical scholars, doctrinal or systematic theologians, church historians or practical theologians whose work can plausibly be applied to Christian ministry or Christian education in the context of mission in the twenty-first century.

Applicants must also either (a) belong to the Reformed tradition (from a member church of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Disciples Ecumenical Council, or the Council for World Mission); or (b) clearly and convincingly demonstrate sympathy with the Reformed tradition (from a member church of the World Council of Churches).

What is on offer?
The fellowship will cover:

  1. cost of travel to and from Cambridge, at the beginning and end of term, respectively;
  2. costs of access to academic resources;
  3. accommodation and board within the College’s normal provision (breakfast each day, lunch and supper Monday to Friday);
  4. a bursary (£500) to contribute towards cost of meals when there is no College provision;
  5. reimbursement of expenses incurred in delivering the required lectures, seminars or workshops.

The Reid Fellow will have access to working space and other resources in the College Library and access to other libraries in the various institutions that comprise Cambridge Theological Federation.

In exchange, the Fellow will be required to deliver at least three seminars, lectures or workshops on a theme connected with Christian ministry and/or Christian education. These sessions will be delivered in Cambridge and/or elsewhere in the UK. Their topics and settings will be negotiated with the Director of Studies in light of the Fellow’s particular expertise and interests.

When can I come?
The successful candidate will spend one term in residence in the College (either Lent 2022 [18 January – 18 March] or Michaelmas 2022 [4 October – 2 December]) and play a full part in the College community, sharing in its prayer, spiritual and social life and contributing to it when possible.

How and when do I apply?
In addition to a copy of their CV, applicants should provide in their letter of application:

an indication of which term the applicant would like to be resident in Cambridge;
their religious affiliation;
a description of their research project while in Cambridge;
a suggested topic for the three lectures, seminars or workshops, demonstrating its relevance to Christian ministry and mission in the twenty-first century;
an account of what the applicant thinks they would gain from, and contribute to, the Westminster community.

Applications for the Reid Fellowship should be made to:

Tutorial Office
Westminster College
Madingley Road

Applications can be also made by email, clearly marked ‘REID SABBATICAL FELLOWSHIP’, to the Tutorial Office.

The closing date for Lent 2022 or Michaelmas 2022 applications is 30 April 2021.

Preliminary enquiries are welcome at any time.