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Funding a Ph.D in Theology

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Raised by 42 people in 3 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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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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I have to say, I've been absolutely blown away by the support you guys have given me. It has restored my faith in humanity at a time when I thought almost everything is lost in my personal life. This has allowed me to see the chink of light in the midst of all this darkness , and I can now see a way out of this hell I've been placed in. I think it is now actually achievable to be able to cover my university fees through crowd-sourcing. It has given me something positive I can focus on. I can now even start to think about the content of my doctoral thesis.

I do need your continued support though, as I would never be able to afford a Phd by grafting on the wages of a manual labourer. I will have to raise the initial modest target figure of £1000 though. I'm amazed that I am already well on the way to reach this goal in just over a day. Unfortunately, the real costs of covering a Phd are much higher than £1000, so actually achieving my true goal is still a long way off. I'll have to research the real costs in more detail, but as far as I can see, the tuition fees at Maynooth alone are something around the figure of £5000-£6000 per annum. That's before even factoring in expenses and whatever other costs are involved. So I will have to be able to cover at least my tuition fees through crowd-sources before this dream actually starts to become reality. At least I can now begin to explore this project in more depth. I think I can make a real difference through my research for a doctoral thesis, by exploring overlooked areas such as Catholic eschatology or the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church with the necessary academic rigour.
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