Awards & Grants

The John Cosin Scholarship

For postgraduate research relating to the Book of Common Prayer

The John Cosin scholarship has been established to encourage academic research relating to the Book of Common Prayer. The choice of this name celebrates the leading role played by Bishop Cosin in the revision of the Prayer Book in 1662.

Applications for the Scholarship for 2019/20 should be submitted via email to David Richardson, Deputy Chairman at no later than Friday, 13th September 2019. The awarding panel intend to make their decision known by the end of September.

Applicants should ensure that they include the following information:

  • Educational qualifications awarded to date;
  • The University at which they are registered, their field of study and the higher degree for which they are a candidate;
  • Name and contact details for their academic supervisor (it being understood that the awarding panel may seek a reference from the supervisor);
  • Titles of any publications written;
  • A summary of any relevant employment history or voluntary activity undertaken;
  • A summary (up to 500 words) of their research proposal;
  • A statement (up to 500 words) to show the pertinence of the proposal to the Book of Common Prayer.


The Scholarship was established by the Prayer Book Society in 2019 to encourage research in areas of study directly pertaining to the Book of Common Prayer.

  1. The Scholarship shall be open to anyone currently registered for a higher degree by research (Master’s or Doctor’s) at any university in the United Kingdom, in any applicable academic discipline.
  2. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their researches pertain directly to the Book of Common Prayer.
  3. The Scholarship shall have a value of £2,000 per annum. It may be renewed for a second and third year, subject to a report from the Scholar’s academic supervisor at the end of the first and second year, respectively.
  4. The Scholarship shall be awarded by a panel appointed by the Trustees of the Society.
  5. The Scholarship shall be offered from time to time as funds may allow.

The Scholar will be expected to participate in the work of the Society on at least one occasion by, for instance, speaking at a Society event or writing a paper for Faith & Worship.

Deadline for applications for 2019/20: Friday, 13th September 2019