The Cardinal Foley Scholarship Fund supports education and living expenses of students from the Global South in Master and Postgraduate programmes in communication.
The fund is named in memory of Cardinal John Patrick Foley, former president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, honouring his enduring commitment to building the Church's competence in her communication involvement.
The scholarship fund addresses the need for adequate professional formation for those who will be responsible for the future development of the Church's mission in the field of communication.
The objectives of the Cardinal Foley Scholarship Fund are to:
The scholarship fund is coordinated and administered by CAMECO. The screening committee, which awards the scholarships, is currently composed of representatives of the:
Since 2012, eighty-one students received a Cardinal Foley Scholarship.
Priests, religious, permanent deacons and lay people, men and women, supported by their bishop and/or religious superior, and with a proven capacity (including practical experience) and interest in working in communications. The application needs to be presented by the respective Church authority. Applications sent by candidates themselves cannot be considered.
Graduate and postgraduate programmes in (pastoral) communications – both in southern continents and in Europe/North America. However, applicants are encouraged to seek adequate and relevant study opportunities close to home, and half of the scholarships are foreseen for post-graduate courses at universities in Africa, Asia/Oceania or Latin America. Basic training (undergraduate studies) in communications cannot be supported and needs to be completed in the region of origin before submission of an application.
The Screening Committee aims at a good balance of candidates, in terms of geographical origin, gender, and lay and priests/religious. It expects the selected candidates to achieve a high standard in their courses.
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