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SCHOLARSHIP RULES (UPDATED)

Prot. 106752 (158/16)

The 2015 General Chapter stated the need to “promote the development of the Franciscan intellectual heritage through research, teaching and publications of high scientific level,” with emphasis on the PUA and Franciscan Study Centers (decisions of the 2015 General Chapter # 4). These claims arise in continuity with the previous decisions of the General chapters.

These indications of the Chapter motivate the Order’s commitment to allow the Brothers to achieve academic titles, granting them some scholarships, through the Fund for Formation and Studies of the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies. The Fund relies on the contributions of all the entities of the order (decisions of the 2015 General Chapter # 17) and other contributions obtained through Fund Raising.

The establishment of the Fund for Formation and Studies has become a true expression of cooperation within our universal brotherhood. Many entities could not ensure Formation Programs without this broad solidarity and others would not be able to form future professors, formators and evangelizers without it. Although the Fund for Formation and Studies also provides other formation needs (formation of new teachers, teacher training, continuing education, helping needy entities in Initial Formation, language courses, etc.) the largest expense goes for Scholarships.

The General Definitorium has decided to revise the regulations for granting Scholarships and establish the following norms in keeping with the new needs and changes of the academic journey. Respecting these simple regulations will allow the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies to offer a more complete and attentive service to each Friar student:

1. The Order of Friars Minor offered Study Grants for specialization courses (Masters, License, Doctorates) to solemnly professed Friars belonging to an Entity of the Order whom the General Definitorium consider to be truly in need.

2. The provincial Minister/Custos, after a discernment on the needs of their Entity and the age and abilities of the candidate, formulate a project on future prospects of employment of the applicant, after the end of his studies. The project must be attached to the request of the Scholarship.

3. The program of study presented by the provincial Minister/Custos will be considered within the following typologies suitable to the academic curriculum of each study.

    • Type A (Dogmatic Theology, Franciscan Spirituality, Philosophy, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Missiology…)
    • Type B (Canon Law, Youth and Catechetical Ministry …)
    • Type C (Sacred Scripture, Biblical Theology, Liturgy, Patristic Theology, History of the Church …)
    • Type D (Psychology, Pedagogy, Christian and Classical Literature, Social Communications, Sacred Music…)

The study grant lasts a year after which it must be renewed annually (cfr. n. 10d) for a limited time according to the following types of studies:

    • Type A (2 years for a license; 3 years for a doctorate)
    • Type B (3 years for a license; 3 years for a doctorate)
    • Type C (1 for the propedeutic year; 3 for a license, 3 years for a doctorate)
    • Type D (3 years for a bachelor’s; 2 for a license, 3 years for a doctorate)

4. Granting a scholarship is exclusively up to the general Minister with his Definitorium after having heard the opinion of the SGFS.

5. No more than three study grants per year will be given to each Entity. Extraordinary exceptions will be taken into individual consideration.

6. Scholarships will not be granted for other Universities when the chosen specialization can be studied at the Pontifical University Antonianum.

7. The age limit for scholarships Type C & D is 40 years of age and 45 for Type A & B scholarships.

8. Scholarships for Friar students of the Pontifical University Antonianum and other Study Centers of Higher Learning of the Order cover 85% of the expenses for room and board from Oct.1 – June 30 and for academic expenses such as enrollment, courses, and exams. The remaining 15% must be covered by the Entity itself and will be withdrawn from its account at the General Treasurer’s office at the end of each semester.

9. For Friars not studying at the Pontifical University Antonianum and other Study Centers of Higher Learning, the study grant covers 70% of the expenses for room and board from Oct. 1 – June 30 and academic expenses such as enrollment, courses, and exams. The other 30% must be covered by the Entity itself and will be withdrawn from its account at the General Treasurer’s office at the end of each semester.

10. The grant does not provide for books, travels, clothes, extracurricular courses, and other personal needs.

11. With regards to the request or renewal of study grants, the following norms must be observed:

a) In order to request for a study grant, the candidate must fill out the appropriate form which, in turn, must be signed by the provincial Minister/Custos and sent to the General Secretariat for Formation and Studies via e-mail to formgen@ofm.org. The scholarship regulations and form can be downloaded from the official web page of the Order at http://www.ofm.org/borseeng.doc.
b) All scholarship requests be addressed solely to the general Minister by the provincial Minister/Custos. The program of study the Friar desires to undertake needs to be attached to the request (Cfr. #2).
c) All scholarship requests must be sent to the general Minister no later than May 30 to ensure suitable programming.
d) Renewal of the scholarship requires the placet, signature, and consent of the provincial Minister/Custos or of the Rector of the Friar Students for the members of FGA or the Local Superior for others. Request for a scholarship renewal must be accompanied by the certificate of the courses and the marks/grades recieved of the preceding academic year as well as a statement from the Dean or Moderator of the License or Doctorate thesis. Eventual variations of the academic curriculum are always notified by the provincial Minister/Custos requesting the scholarship renewal.

12. Not abiding by these norms can compromise obtaining or renewing the scholarship.

Convinced that the promotion of the intellectual dimension of the Order is of great advantage to the growth of the entire brotherhood in both its vocation and mission to the today’s world, I entrust to you these simple words aimed at rendering more effective our service to the Provinces and Custodies as well as many Friar Students.

Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm
General Minister

Br. Cesare Vaiani, ofm
Secretary General for Formation and Studies