Ministerial Internship Grants Program

The Unitarian Universalist Association plays a significant role in helping to provide congregations with the opportunity to call well-trained and highly qualified ministers. A strong internship experience is an extremely important component in the preparation process for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, and it’s one that would not be possible without the participation of our member congregations. Thank you for your commitment to supporting our future ministry through your intention to serve as an internship site!

For many congregations, adding a fair internship salary to the budget can be difficult in the first several years of becoming established as a teaching site. The Ministerial Credentialing Office offers the Internship Salary Grant program to congregations in order to assist new teaching sites in providing internship salaries during their first year or two. Since good teaching sites are always in great demand, it is hoped that, following this initial assistance, your members will want to continue to support your internship program independently, thereby making it possible for your congregation to host interns in the years to come.

The grant program is open to congregations offering either full-time or part-time internships beginning in FY 2023 (after July 1, 2022). Full-time internships average 40 hours/week for at least 9 months while part-time positions are a minimum of 15 hours/week for 18 months and typically span two congregation years. Internships may take place within the context of a congregation, or they may be congregationally based, but include a significant amount of ministry with an outside agency or institution (a maximum of 50% of the internship experience). Grants, however, will be made only to UU congregations.

An excellent internship site will provide opportunities to engage in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism work. The Unitarian Universalist Association has committed to dismantling the legacy of white supremacy. Applicants that demonstrate active commitment to this effort will receive higher priority in the selection process.

Every year, the UUA receives more applications from congregations seeking funding than there are funds available, and not all requests can be funded. Grants will provide up to one half of the recommended minimum salary for a full or part-time internship of up to 9 months. (See Grant Guidelines on page 2 for recommended salary amounts.) Congregations may re-apply for one renewal of up to half the amount of the first salary grant.

(A second-year renewal grant is not automatic; an application must be submitted!)