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External Research Grant

BYU’s Religious Studies Center (RSC) is pleased to provide an annual competition for a limited number of significant research awards in support of scholarship that relates to the mission of BYU’s Religious Studies Center. This includes research on the restored Church in relation to other cultures, religions, and the behavioral sciences, as well as the study of the ongoing history of the Church and its doctrines, the early Christian church, and the content and contexts of Latter-day Saint standard works (including the Holy Bible). The RSC also seeks to improve interfaith relations and gospel instruction.

Faculty members at BYU and at other institutions whose research agendas overlap with the mission of the Religious Studies Center are welcome to apply. (Note: this particular grant is not open to Religious Education faculty at BYU in Provo).

Preference is given to applications from full-time professors, although applications from adjunct faculty with a productive record of scholarship will be considered.

Funding levels depend upon the nature of the project and the number of applications received. Grant funds may be used for travel, supplies, and student wages. The deadline for applications is the third Friday in January of each year. Applicants will be notified by the second Friday in February, with funding dispersed shortly thereafter. Funds must be spent during the calendar year in which they are provided.

RSC funding is granted with the understanding that an emailed summary report on RSC monies spent and the project’s progress will be submitted by grant recipients in December of the calendar year for which funding was provided (use the same address as for applications; see below).

Application packets must include: a completed application form (including your proposed budget), a brief prospectus of your research project (3 pages max), and an abbreviated curriculum vitae (5 pages max). Applicants must also arrange for two letters of support for your project to be sent by the letter writers on letterhead stationery to the address below (one letter must come from your department chair or equivalent supervisor).

Click here to download the External Scholars Research Grant Application form.

Please send all application documents electronically as PDF files. Address correspondence and send complete applications to:

Gaye Strathearn
Associate Dean, Religious Education
c/o Adam Hellewell (
370D JSB
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602 USA