Theology, Diaconal & Development Scholarships For Developing Countries

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) invites applications from Individuals who are willing to undergo a degree program related to related to theological, diaconal and development work.

The scholarship program helps churches to acquire qualified personnel for spiritual care and diaconal work. The main criteria for a candidate approval are the church’s corresponding need to increase its human and institutional capacity, either in areas of theology or Diakonia/development.

  • Application Deadline: October 1st 2018
  • Type: Undergraduate , Masters, PhD/Postdoctorate & Research
  • Eligible Countries: Developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Applicants must be active members of LWF churches
  • Applicants must be citizens of a developing country
  • Age limits: Only candidates up to a certain age are eligible for LWF scholarships, depending on the pursued degree:
    Degree Maximum age at the time of application*
    Bachelor degrees 35
    Master degrees 40
    Doctorate 45
    Post-doctoral/research 50

Application Procedure:

Each LWF member church can submit up to five applications, respecting the LWF quota of 40 per cent men/ women and 20 per cent young adults below the age of 30 years. No applications from individuals will be considered.

A maximum of 5 applications per church may be submitted. They should be sent as a scan to; the hard copies should be sent to:

The Lutheran World Federation
Department for Mission and Development
Diakonia and Development Desk
P.O. Box 2100 CH-1211 Geneva 2

For more information about the Theology, Diaconal & Development Scholarships For Developing Countries, visit the official website.

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