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Funding a Ph.D in Theology

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Raised by 44 people in 5 months
Dear readers,

In my seven years of blogging, I have purposefully refrained from asking for donations to support my work. Up until now, I have never seen the need to. Recently however, due to an unforeseen set of personal circumstances, I have have found myself at the lowest point in my life, with no savings to speak of at all in my back account to fall back on. My books sales have crawled to a halt due to my ongoing support of Pope Francis, and I have currently no other means of income. I need to be able to get myself back on my feet again financially, and I have nobody else to turn to other than the readers of this blog. I would be deeply grateful if you could show your support of my work by helping me during my personal darkest night of soul. Any level of support you can give right now, including prayers, would mean the world to me right now.
I intend to use this as a stepping stone to funding a Phd in theology.
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Just wanted to update everyone to say that I have applied for the MPhil program in Christian Theology at the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin and have been offered a place. I have also been awarded a scholarship worth 3,000 euros, which I am delighted with! Together with everyone's help offered here, most of the university fees of 8,000 euros have now been covered. I can't thank everyone enough for all your help!
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I've decided that my best option for obtaining my PhD is by studying at home in Queen's University Belfast under the tutelage of Prof. Gordon Campbell. Prof. Campbell is one of the world's leading experts on the Book of Revelation, so it makes sense to avail of the opportunity to receive such academic tutelage in this field. Prof. Campbell is a member of the non-denominational Irish Biblical Association (IBA), which I am interested in joining. The IBA is composed of Ireland's leading biblical scholars (both Catholic and Protestant), so I think membership of this group will provide a brilliant resource for my future scholarly research.

In order to gain access to the doctoral program at Queen's, I will need to secure a Master of Research post-graduate degree first (MRes). Given that my area of focus for my PhD is most likely going to be in biblical studies, I will need to continue learning both Greek and Hebrew in greater depth.

Thanks to your generous support, I already nearly have enough money to cover the fees for a part-time MRes degree starting this year. I'm hoping to be able to study full time, but will know better about the feasibility of this later in the year. So I wish to thank you all for making this possible for me. I will be permanently grateful for each of you who donated, as you have brought me this life-changing opportunity. I hope to have your continued support throughout the course of my doctorate.
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Someone was asking about an update on my GoFundMe campaign to get into Maynooth to study a Ph.D in theology. I got my transcript of results from Queen's University Belfast the other day, and have forwarded them to the admissions office at Maynooth. I will follow up with my application. Just need to secure the funding now, which will be absolutely vital if I am unable to secure one of the rarely awarded scholarships. I won the theology prize at Queen's with these results in 2006, so hopefully that should help me stand out from the crowd when the scholarships are being awarded.
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With the support I've already received so far, I've went ahead and contacted Maynooth Pontifical College with an enquiry about studying for a Phd in theology this year. I told them about winning the theology prize at the Institute of theology at Queen's Univerisity Belfast (only one given out to the top results at undergraduate level per year) after I averaged at 78%. Maynooth post-graduate office got back to me the same day asking to send them a transcript of my results. Ordered that from Queen's, so the ball's already rolling...
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