Grants & Stipends

Fellowships, with accompanying stipend, are awarded each year on a competitive basis to well qualified graduate students. Preference is given to PhD students with a proven record of academic excellence and a compelling research agenda. There are four different kinds of awards:

Dissertation Fellowship

One dissertation fellowship of $10,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student who has completed comprehensive exams and is within 2 years of completing their dissertation.

Guidelines: This award cannot be accepted in conjunction with any other BYU award in the same academic year. This award can only be received once.

Application Process: Opens June 1st and closes June 30th. To apply, send a letter of intent (including brief bio and description of academic interests), CV, official transcript, two letters of recommendation and a letter from your Bishop or Branch President to the Nibley Fellowship program. Letters of recommendation/endorsement should be typed on official university or church letterhead.

All application materials should be sent directly to the Maxwell Institute, preferably by email (nibleyfellowships@byu.edu). Applicants will be notified of final decisions in July, and awards will be mailed by August 15th.

Graduate Stipends

Two graduate fellowships of $5,000 are awarded annually to PhD students in any stage of their program.

Guidelines: This award cannot be accepted in conjunction with any other BYU award in the same academic year. This award can only be received once.

Application Process: Opens June 1st and closes June 30th. To apply, send a letter of intent (including brief bio and description of academic interests), CV, official transcript, two letters of recommendation and a letter from your Bishop or Branch President to the Nibley Fellowship program. Letters of recommendation/endorsement should be typed on official university or church letterhead.

All application materials should be sent directly to the Maxwell Institute, preferably by email (nibleyfellowships@byu.edu). Applicants will be notified of final decisions in July, and awards will be mailed by August 15th.

Graduate Research Grant

Five research grants of $1500 are awarded annually to Masters or PhD students for the purchase of books or other research supplies.

Guidelines: This award can be accepted in conjunction with a Nibley Travel Stipend in the same academic year. This award can received up to three times.

Application Process: Opens June 1st and closes June 30th. To apply, send a letter of intent (including brief bio and description of academic interests), recent transcript, one letter of recommendation and a letter from your Bishop or Branch President to the Nibley Fellowship program. Letters of recommendation/endorsement should be typed on official university or church letterhead.

All application materials should be sent directly to the Maxwell Institute, preferably by email (nibleyfellowships@byu.edu). Applicants will be notified of final decisions in July, and awards will be mailed by August 15th.

Conference Grant

Five conference grants are awarded annually for PhD students to attend a national (up to $500) or international conferences (up to $1500).

Guidelines: This award can be accepted in conjunction with a Nibley graduate research grant, or any other BYU award, in the same academic year. This award can received up to three times.

Application Process: Opens October 1st and closes April 30th. To apply, send a letter of intent (including brief bio, description of academic interests, and reason for attending the conference), one letter of recommendation from your current adviser, and a letter from your Bishop or Branch President to the Nibley Fellowship program. Letters of recommendation/endorsement should be typed on official university or church letterhead.

All application materials should be sent directly to the Maxwell Institute, preferably by email (nibleyfellowships@byu.edu). Applicants will be notified of decisions within one month of the application.