Cambridge: Margaret Beaufort Institute seeks to appoint Cardinal Hume Visiting Scholar 2020


The Margaret Beaufort Institute has just celebrated its Silver Jubilee, having been established for 25 years as the Roman Catholic Member of the Cambridge Theological Federation. The Institute is a vibrant, pioneering, theological college, and prioritises working with women in Catholic theology, with alumnae engaged in a wide range of lay ministries in many countries. Our mission is to advance religious and theological education, particularly of Roman Catholic women. Our students follow courses at every level from diploma to doctorate for awards of the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University. The Cambridge Theological Federation is affiliated to both universities.

The Institute has a lively student community, and as part of Cambridge Theological Federation, we study, pray and socialise with 300 men and women from our partner Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed, and Orthodox Colleges. Our federal network also includes institutions focused on particular theological projects such as inter-faith work, the interface with science, and global Christianity.

The commitment of our staff and students makes the Institute an energising place to be. We are in the heart of Cambridge, close to the University Library, the Divinity Faculty and the Humanities campus, an ideal location for theological scholars. We invite scholars engaged in theological research to share in and contribute to our life of prayer and study.

We seek to appoint a Cardinal Hume Scholar who will undertake a discrete piece of research and writing during their time with us, over a three month period. The Institute has a preference for appointing for the Lent Term of 2020 (Jan-March), but will consider proposals for other three month terms in 2020 for an outstanding candidate. The Cardinal Hume Scholarship is therefore open to women and men who are:

Experienced researchers or teachers;

Working on a specific research project at advanced level;

In sympathy with the vision of the Institute.

Accommodation for the Scholar is in a comfortable single study-bedroom with shared facilities and internet access. The Institute is self-catering with fully equipped kitchens and there is a spacious sitting room for residents. Our oratory, with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, is open at all times and there are regular times of community prayer, and community Mass each week in term time. This Mass, followed by a community supper, is central to our life together.

We offer:

Three months in Cambridge with access to libraries, seminars and lectures in Cambridge.

An opportunity to be part of the life of the Institute and to work with its staff and students.

Free accommodation (excluding meals apart from the weekly Community meals and other occasional meals).

Modest financial help towards travel and living expenses in exceptional circumstances.


The Scholar appointed will:


Undertake research on the theological topic outlined on application and agreed on appointment.

Share in the community life of the Institute.

Contribute to the research ethos for staff and students.

Lead one seminar or give one lecture for Institute students as part of our additional theology series.


Application to include:


CV, including the names and contact details of two referees;

1,000 word statement outlining your intended area of research and your publication intentions;

A cover letter, indicating why you want to be a Visiting Scholar of the Margaret Beaufort Institute, and when you would be free to come, if appointed.

Applications are to be sent to [email protected], by noon (GMT) on April 5th, 2019.


Method of appointment:

Applications will be considered by a panel comprising the Principal, Director of Studies, and the Chair of Council or her representative. Appointments will be made on the written evidence provided. Applicants will not normally be called for interview. Decisions will be made by the end of April 2019.

















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