Religious Education Mentored-Learning Grants

Mentored-learning grants provide funding to support projects where undergraduate students work with faculty members in a one-on-one mentoring setting. The grants allow students and faculty to undertake projects together that would be difficult to pursue without funding.

Religious Education offers two types of mentored-learning grants: Faculty Grants and Student Grants.

If  you have questions or need additional information on Religious Education mentored-learning grants, please contact Marshall Morrise.

Faculty Grants

Faculty grants are available in amounts up to $20,000. Grant funds may be used to pay student wages, to purchase supplies, and to cover travel expenses. They may not be used to cover faculty wages or to purchase equipment.

Eligibility

Faculty grants are available exclusively to Brigham Young University faculty members. A group of faculty may apply together, but they must identify a project lead who is a full-time faculty member. Other faculty members should be listed as project team members. A faculty member may apply for only one grant per year.

All mentored students working under a faculty grant must be continuing or matriculated BYU students with educational goals related to the proposed project.

Project Requirements

Faculty mentored-learning projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects may take various forms (research, field studies, creative projects, etc.), but all projects must be clearly learning-centered.
  • Mentored students should spend enough time with faculty members to allow the development of meaningful personal and professional relationships.
  • Mentored students should be involved in processes wherein scholarship and academic activities constitute the core of their experience.
  • Mentored students should be given the opportunity to grow in skills and increase in responsibility in the project in which they are involved.
  • Mentored students should be taught the integration of spiritual and secular understanding.

For examples of past projects and video resources that describe the mentoring environment and process, see https://orca.byu.edu/orca/About_Mentored_Learning.php.

How to Apply

The faculty member acting as project lead should complete and submit a Religious Education Faculty Mentored-Learning Grant Proposal to the Dean’s Office by October 15 the year before the project is to begin. Initially, grant proposals will be submitted as electronic documents in PDF format. Over time, some aspects of the submission process may be moved online.

Click this link to download the Religious Education Mentored-Learning Grant Proposal - Faculty template.

Notification of Acceptance

Project leads will be notified by the end of December whether their projects have been accepted. Funds will be available immediately after acceptance.

Final Report

Project leads submit a final project report to the Dean’s Office by December 31 the year following the year during which the project begins. The final report should include the following:

  • List of the students who participated in the project and what academic deliverables they produced or it is anticipated they will produce
  • Description of the results/findings of the project
  • Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the project were met
  • Evaluation of the mentoring environment
  • Description of how grant funds were spent and comparison to the original budget

Student Grants

Student grants are available in amounts up to $1,500. Grant funds may be used to reimburse personal time, to purchase supplies, or to pay other expenses involved with conducting the approved project.

Eligibility

Student grants are available only to individuals currently enrolled as full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are in good academic standing during the semester the grant is awarded. The student must also have at least two semesters yet to complete before graduation. For example, a student applying for a grant in October 2019 may graduate no sooner than December 2020 to be eligible. Students may apply for only one grant per year.

The faculty mentor must be a Brigham Young University professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. Adjunct faculty, Ph.D. candidates, graduate students and others are not eligible to serve as a faculty mentor.

Project Requirements

Student mentored-learning projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects may be designed by the student, or they may be part of a faculty member’s ongoing research, but they must include one-on-one mentoring from a faculty member.
  • Student mentored-learning grants are not retroactive; they may not be applied to projects that are completed before the grant proposal is submitted.
  • Mentored students should spend enough time with faculty members to allow the development of meaningful personal and professional relationships.
  • Mentored students should be involved in processes wherein scholarship and academic activities constitute the core of their experience.
  • Mentored students should be given the opportunity to grow in skills and increase in responsibility in the project in which they are involved.

For examples of past projects and video resources that describe the mentoring environment and process, see https://orca.byu.edu/orca/About_Mentored_Learning.php.

How to Apply

To apply, complete a Religious Education Student Mentored Learning Grant Proposal, review it with your faculty mentor, and then submit it to the Dean’s Office no later than October 15. Initially, grant proposals will be submitted as electronic documents in PDF format. Over time, some aspects of the submission process may be moved online.

Click this link to download the Religious Education Mentored-Learning Grant Proposal - Student template.

Notification of Acceptance

Students will be notified by the end of December whether their projects have been accepted.

Receipt of Funds

Grant funds will be made available by the end of the calendar year, payable via a method arranged between the student and the Dean's Office.

Final Report

At the end of the year during which the project is undertaken, submit a final report to the Dean’s Office. The final report should include the following:

  • Description of the results/findings of the project
  • Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the project were met
  • Evaluation of the mentoring environment and experience
  • Brief description of how grant funds were spent