Residential Scholarships

The Governance Board of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre invites applications for the annual Vaughan Park Residential Scholarship.

The scholarship provides the successful applicant with a supportive environment, including accommodation and meals, for a period of three consecutive month’s full time study at the Centre.

Applicants may be lay or ordained, will hold a recognised level of tertiary education, be committed to an approved subject of study and able to be resident at Vaughan Park for the period of the Scholarship.

The following choice of 3 month periods is available:

  • March - May
  • July - September

Please indicate your preference with your application.

How to apply
Applications should be made, in writing, to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and should include:

  • a short biography 
  • an abstract and overall context of the study
  • references from at least two and no more than three referees

Applications close on 8 September 2017.

For full information including the criteria for application and the conditions of Scholarship, please contact our Operations Manager, Marion Nickerson at

Words of commendation from some of our previous Scholars

The Rev. Geoff New wrote these words of acknowledgement in his completed thesis.

Rev John Fairbrother, the board and staff of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre - your gift of three months residency to study was literally life changing.  The space you created, nurtured and protected was profound.  The discernment and sensitivity accorded to me during my stay was Christlike.  Few things in life exceed expectations - but your scholarship programme is out of this world and a foretaste of heaven!

Dr. Nicola Slee in the Preface to her book, ‘Seeking the Risen CHRISTA’ wrote,
I was fortunate enough to be awarded a research scholarship at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay, one of the lovely beach suburbs of Auckland.  I owe a very special debt to all the staff at Vaughan Park, and most particularly to John Fairbrother, the Director, and his wife Margaret, for their generous Kiwi hospitality.  Vaughan Park is not only a beautiful place to set down for a while, with the beach and parkland right on one's doorstep, but a place of wide and inclusive welcome, of liberality of mind and heart, renewal, healing and vitality, where I was encouraged to relish my freedom and inhabit the space in whatever way was good for me.  I was nourished and held by a rhythm of daily prayer and regular eucharistic worship from the New Zealand Prayer Book, as well as by excellent food and free-flowing New Zealand wines, and above all, by the loving friendship I received from the community.  I enjoyed many stimulating conversations about the project - and much more besides - with John and Margaret and others, and had a number of opportunities for trying out some of the poems in this book with the worshipping community.  

In an Interview for ‘Anglican’ magazine, Pat Marsh, Christian writer and poet said . . .

"Has the centre been up to your expectations?

In many ways, yes: in other ways, not quite.  Actually, one of the things I think I am learning is that it's better to travel simply with openness to God, rather than with expectations, which always come from limited viewpoints anyway.

I had this image in my head that I would wander along the beautiful beach, return to deep peace and stillness and simply let the words pour out of me.  And, for a variety of reasons, it hasn't happened quite like that.  There has been a far richer variety of people to meet and have conversations with than I could possibly have imagined, and those conversations have enriched and influenced my time here in very positive ways that will, without a doubt, impact my future ministry.  The stillness that I had anticipated has been punctuated by 'Godly encounters' that have seemed to be more important.

In other ways, Vaughan Park has far surpassed my expectations.  It's superb facilities, amazing location, wonderful hospitality, caring and friendly staff, and deeply important underpinning prayer are a combination that every retreat leader dreams of.

Would you recommend this centre to others?

Wholeheartedly, yes!  The use of 'space' and the sensitive development of this site are true models for how a retreat house can 'be'; offering superb hospitality to secular guests whilst retaining intimacy, privacy and a rhythm of prayer for its more conventional retreat guests.  The two co-exist happily together at Vaughan Park.  These aspects are further enhanced by the high quality of the facilities at Vaughan Park and the attention to detail in the non-intrusive hospitality of the staff.  I will certainly be recommending Vaughan Park to others.

Through the unconditional gift of its scholarship programme, Vaughan Park and its team have really modelled Christ to me.  Retreats should come with a health warning though: beware, retreats can change your life!"