Theological Education Funds

CUC Theological Education Funds (TEF) bursaries are intended to assist Canadian Unitarian Universalists with expenses incurred while studying for the ministry. Applicants must

  • be Canadian citizens, or non-Canadians working or studying in Canada;
  • have candidate status with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministerial Credentialing Office (except under special circumstances; see below); and
  • have completed the first year of ministerial study or internship.

In special circumstances, applicants who have achieved only aspirant status may be approved. Their application for candidate status must be delayed no more than six months, and the bursary will not be awarded until they have achieved it.

Bursaries are awarded annually. No applicant may receive more than three.

Contributions to the Theological Education Funds come from special collections taken at services of ordination and installation of ministers in our CUC congregations, transfers of income from the MacKie-Jenkins Fund of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, and transfers of income from the Percy Simpson Bailey Fund.

Disbursements are made by the CUC Board on the recommendation of the Board’s Theological Education Committee.

Download the application form (pdf). Contact the Theological Education Funds Committee at with any questions. The deadline to apply is March 31 of each year.

Students in aspirant or candidate status who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister are also eligible to apply for scholarships from the UUA.