Now open to UK Secondary and Primary School teachers, teachers of RE to children with Special Educational Needs, and Headteachers

NB: These are the details for Academic Year 2015-2016
The closing date for 2016-17 is likely to be January 2016 and the process similar

The Farmington Institute

The aim of the Farmington Institute is to support and encourage teachers of Religious Education in schools, and Headteachers working on values and standards. It is financed by the Farmington Trust.

The Institute awards Fellowships to UK teachers of Religious Education in schools and headteachers, publishes discussion papers and arranges conferences.

What types of Fellowships are available?

The Fellowships may be divided into two types: university-based and school/home-based. Teachers who live within a reasonable distance of one of the selected universities or colleges may be awarded a university-based Fellowship. The academic facilities of the colleges and universities are available for Fellows. The selected universities and colleges are given below:

Bath, Bath Spa University, Religions, Philosophies & Ethics, Department of Humanities
Belfast, St Mary’s University College, and Stranmillis University College
Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education/Homerton College Durham, University of Durham, St Chad’s College
Exeter, University of Exeter, School of Education (preferably Spring or Summer term) Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, School of Education, John Anderson Campus Lampeter/Carmarthen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Department of Theology & Religious Studies Norwich, University of East Anglia, Centre for Spirituality & Religion in Education, School of Education & Lifelong Learning
Oxford, University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College (residential, max 8 weeks, or non-residential)
Warwick, University of Warwick, Institute of Education, Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit
York, York St John University

University-based Fellowships awarded may be taken as a block of up to eight weeks or in the form of day release up to 30 days. The Fellowships to be taken within university terms. The academic facilities of the universities/colleges are available for Fellows.

Teachers with school/home-based Fellowships will be appointed a Farmington Tutor. The Fellowship may be taken in the form of day release, for instance for one day a week over a term or over the year, or for a continuous period up to a maximum of 30 days.

CLICK HERE – for further information about the Colleges and Universities

Who is eligible?

The Fellowships are for teachers of Religious Education in UK secondary schools and primary school RE Co-ordinators or other primary school teachers involved in teaching RE, and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs who are involved with RE. Headteachers who wish to undertake research into either Religious Education or Values Education are also eligible to apply. Applicants should have had at least two years in their present post.

What subjects may be studied?

Fellows are free to study any aspect of Religious Education they wish but preference will be given to applicants whose work can be seen to be of direct value to the teaching of RE in schools. Occasionally the Institute, in conjunction with one of its partner universities or colleges, may advertise for an RE teacher to undertake research on a specific topic which is relevant to RE.

How much will it cost?

The Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition, board and lodging where appropriate, essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale.

What is required of the Fellows?

All Fellows are expected to produce an outline study plan of their project, which must be sent to the Director of the Farmington Institute before the start of the Fellowship. Towards the end of the Fellowship, the Fellow will give a presentation on their work at the University/School and again at our 2016 conference. All Fellows are expected to produce a written report on the work they have undertaken, which must be sent to the Farmington Institute on completion of the Fellowship.

During the period of the Fellowship, there will be regular tutorials and at least one visit to the Farmington Institute.

Fellows are required to attend the Fellows’ Conference before their Fellowship and the Conference after their Fellowship. Fellows who are still actively involved with RE will be invited to all subsequent conferences. The 2015 Conference will take place from 7.00p.m. on Friday, 26 June, to 2.30p.m. on Sunday, 28 June 2015. The 2016 Conference will take place from 24 – 26 June 2016.


Application forms for Fellowships can be downloaded from this website (see below). Alternatively, application forms are available from the Director at the address below. The closing date for applications for the academic year 2015/2016 is 26 January 2015. Applicants may be asked to come for interview by the Selection Board. Interviews for Fellowships will take place in February-April 2015.

CLICK HERE – for an application form, which you may print and complete for submission.


Further information about the Farmington Institute, its Fellowships and the work of previous Fellows is to be found on this website.   Other enquiries should be addressed to:

The Revd Dr Ralph Waller, The Director The Farmington Institute Harris Manchester College Mansfield Road Oxford OXl 3TD Tel: 01865 271965 Fax: 01865 271969 E-mail: [email protected]