The Rodney Eivers Bursary

This scholarship is awarded to students of Trinity College Queensland to assist with their study. The aim of the scholarship is to provide financial support to enrolled students and to encourage the development of a greater awareness of the breadth and diversity in theology and scriptural scholarship, as it relates to contemporary Australian society.
The successful applicant will be informed of the scholarship award on or before Monday 8th March 2021.


In order to apply for the 2020 Rodney Eivers Scholarship, you must submit your application form (via the online form below or via post) and essay submission (see below) prior to 8 February 2021.

Applications close: Monday 8 February 2020


Post: Trinity College Queensland Scholarship, GPO Box 674, Brisbane 4001

Submit an essay of approx. 1,500 words on the following:

‘My Personal Theological Reflection’

Drawing on the two books listed below by Marcus Borg and Tom Wright, compare and evaluate the beliefs and claims of Progressive Christianity and Orthodox (historic) Christianity. The essay should draw on evidence and arguments in the books and include some reflection on our Australian context as well as your personal theological reflection. Please use footnotes for citations and references.

Borg, Marcus J – The Heart of Christianity; Rediscovering a Life of Faith (2004) [256 pages]

Wright, N.T. – Simply Christian (2011)[224 pages]

Both books are available in the Trinity College Queensland Library


A scholarship allowance of $13,000 within one calendar year is available.

This will be paid into the student’s nominated bank account in two instalments of $6,500 at the end of each successfully completed full-time semester (1 July and 1 December).


Australian citizens and/or permanent residents.


  • Be enrolled as a full-time (3 units or more) accredited student of Trinity College Queensland.
  • Have completed one year of full-time study (a minimum of 6 degree-level units) at a Theological College with a recognised Higher Education Provider in the last 10 years.
  • Have not been a previous recipient of the Rodney Eivers Scholarship.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives presented in each book.
  • Interaction with both books.
  • Theological reflection on the implications of differing viewpoints.

 Please note that the essay requires neither personal belief nor the defence of a particular viewpoint; rather, it is marked on the above criteria.


The Queensland Synod Advisory Council will make a recommendation based on the advertised selection criteria.

The Scholarships Committee of the Queensland Synod Finance Investment and Property Board will review and determine the successful recipient and will also approve all disbursements from the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod Scholarship Fund.


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