Brigham Young University

Faculty Research Grants

As a Title VI Resource Center, the CSE awards federally-funded faculty research grants. As one of twelve National Resource Centers, BYU’s Center for the Study of Europe provides qualified faculty with the resources to actualize plans for furthering their work as instructors, researchers and publishers.

CSE’s faculty research grants are available to all faculty from a variety of academic disciplines with research focused on Europe.

CSE issues a call to all interested faculty to apply and submit research grant proposals. The grants provide faculty with the resources necessary to cover travel expenses, research costs, etc.


Due to the nature of the Title VI grant the CSE will only fund research focused on Western European countries, including Turkey. With the exception of the three Baltic states (which joined the EU and NATO), Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and the Caucasus states are outside the boundaries of the grant, because other Title VI centers focus on Russia/former Soviet Union. Proposals related to non-EU countries within the described boundaries are, of course, welcome.


It is anticipated that most grants will be between $1,000–3,000, though applications for other amounts will be considered if sufficiently justified. CSE has minimal funds to defray the costs of photocopying, supplies, and the purchase of books. Grant money cannot be used to hire RAs.

Priority will be given to proposals for:

  • Travel, archival research, and field studies that need to be conducted on site in European countries.
  • Projects that have a solid chance of resulting in publication within three years after the funding is awarded. Publication should be in the form of an article, book, or under certain circumstances, a refereed electronic publication. Though the presentation of research results at scholarly conferences is encouraged, the purpose of these grants is to produce scholarship that will result in publication.
  • Projects that build connections between European scholars and/or scholarly institutions, and that foster the possibility of exchange of scholars and students with BYU.

Focus of Grants

Full-time BYU faculty members are invited to apply for grants from the Center for the Study of Europe to support research on historical, political, sociological, economic, cultural, and linguistic issues relating to Europe. Especially welcome are proposals that deal with:

  • The idea of Europe (historical and contemporary)
  • Cultural currents and phenomena that originated in Europe
  • Dialects and minority languages in Europe
  • Definitions of an "European identity"
  • Political and social aspects of European integration

Format for Grant Applications

Applications should be in narrative form, not exceeding three double-spaced pages, and include:

  1. An overall description of the project.

  2. The faculty member’s qualifications to carry out this project, including work previously done in this area and any publications on the proposed topic.

  3. Expected plans for carrying out the project, including: information on research location, a listing of known archives or other sites where material is located, connections to scholars or sources that have been or will need to be established, the length of time for which funding is needed, and other relevant information to demonstrate careful preparation.

  4. A brief budget.

  5. How the proposed grant relates to past or present funding for the same project. First-time applicants with new projects will be given the same consideration as those who seek partial funding for existing projects that have received financial support from other sources.

AY 2011–12 Submission Deadline

Grant applications must be received by the Center for the Study of Europe, 216 HRCB (Kennedy Center), by Friday, 14 October 2011. They may be e-mailed to Lora Cook, administrative director, at Announcements of awards will be made by Thursday, 1 December 2011. Please note all AY 2011–12 awarded funds must be used no later than Monday, 13 August 2012.

AY 2010–11 Faculty Awarded Research Grants

  • Eric Dursteler—"Bad Bread and the Outrageous Drunkenness of the Turks"
  • Michael Findley—"The Swarm Principle: Foreign Aid Donor Coordination"
  • Valerie Hegstrom—"An Edition of the Soledades de Buçaco and other poems"
  • Heather Jensen—"Art, Fashion, and the Modern Woman in Post-Revolutionary Paris"
  • Mark Johnson—Research on the Byzantine churches of Sardinia.
  • Paul Kerry—"Thomas Carlyle's Idea of Europe"
  • Grant Lundberg—"Language and Local Identity on the Edge of Europe"
  • Mark Magleby—"Henry Hoare's Stourhead"
  • Brett McInelly—"The Dynamic Interplay between Methodism and Its Critics"
  • Martha Peacock—Research related to Dutch art history.
  • Charlotte Stanford—"Open vs. Private Wards in the Late Medieval English Hospital"
  • Paul Westover—"Online Critical Edition of William Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes"

For more information, see the Faculty Directory.