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Faculty Grants

Faculty Research Grants


The Kennedy Center encourages high-quality research with an explicit international focus and recognizes that seed monies are often important in incubating such research. Consequently, a limited number of research grants are made available each year to full-time BYU faculty to help them jump-start international-focused research. The committee may support such activities as archival research, surveys, field study, archaeological digs, or small meetings to help faculty collaborate with experts in other countries.

Priority will be given to faculty who participate in Kennedy Center programs. Faculty who have received Kennedy Center research grants in the past will not be considered for additional funding for the same research project unless they demonstrate they have made significant progress on their research. This will be measured by, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of seeking other funding for continuation and/or expansion of the research.
  2. Evidence of outcomes, including articles submitted for publications, research presentations at professional meetings, student mentoring, etc.

Grants are capped at $5,000 per proposal but may vary in actual amount. Faculty may not be awarded more than two grants on the same or related topic over a period of three years.

Funding is not available for part-time, retired, or adjunct professors. Applications must be for future research; requests for reimbursement for research already completed will not be considered. Requests for travel to countries on the State Department’s Travel Warning List must have prior approval from the international vice president.

Faculty who receive research grants are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Kennedy Center. Future publications should acknowledge support of the center, and faculty should be willing to report their research as part of the Kennedy Center lecture series. All grant recipients are required to submit a one-page memo at the end of the year reporting on the use of Kennedy Center funds. Funds are available for use in the year awarded.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. The significance/innovation of the research; its potential to significantly add to the intellectual dialogue, including but not limited to, how it might refine, improve, or apply new applications, theoretical concepts, methods, or interventions to that dialogue.
  2. The approach. The merits of the design for accomplishing the specific aims of the project. The appropriateness and feasibility of the method, including, where applicable, measurement and data analysis plans.
  3. The ability of the investigator to carry out the project in the specified time period.
  4. The research environment. Are all the tools necessary to fulfill the research available to the applicant?

Applications for Faculty Research Grants will be considered twice a year: after the 1 April deadline and then again after the 1 November deadline. Out-of-cycle applications will not be considered.

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International Vice President Research Grants

The Office of the International Vice President has donated funds available to aid in faculty research projects in areas designated by the donor—Jordan, China, Ukraine, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Native American populations.

Proposals will be reviewed twice per semester: 30 September, 30 November, 31 January, and 31 March. Notifications will be made approximately two weeks after each deadline.

Applicants will be asked to provide a budget up to $5,000, an abstract, a project description, a brief literature review, methods and research questions, expected outcomes, and anticipated impacts.

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Conference Travel Grants


In recognition of the expense associated with international travel, a limited number of conference travel grant awards are made available each year to BYU faculty. Priority will be granted to faculty who participate in Kennedy Center programs.

The awards are capped at $1,000 and are available to faculty presenting papers at conferences with both an International location and focus. Traditional paper presentations as well as invited performances or exhibits are eligible for funding.

In considering applications for conference travel grants, decisions will be based on the following principles:

  • Internationality:
    • Is the conference international in that it takes place outside of the United States?
    • Is the topic of the proposed paper International in its scope?
  • Scholarly contribution:
    • Is the conference an important venue that will allow both for the exposure of the scholar’s work as well as collaboration with international scholars?
    • Will the presentation result in publication in a peer-reviewed journal or other peer-reviewed venue?
    • Does the proposed paper promise to make an important contribution?
  • Need
    • Pre-CFS faculty will receive first priority.
    • We will prioritize applications from faculty who have not received Kennedy Center funding in the past while also recognizing those faculty who make regular contributions to the Kennedy Center and its mission.

The Kennedy Center recognizes that many faculty produce creative rather than scholarly work, and so many of the specifics of the above policies may not apply. Every effort, however, will be made to judge such applications according to the same set of principles used for evaluating scholarly work. These principles may be adjusted for creative work in the following ways:

  • Internationality: is the performance or exhibition in an international venue and involve collaboration and, where possible, peer-review with and by internationally recognized peers?
  • Scholarly contribution: is the proposed exhibition or performance at a recognized venue? Has the invitation been the result of peer-review? Will the exhibition or performance be peer-reviewed?
  • Need: same as above.

Funding is not available for part-time, retired, or adjunct professors. Applications must be for future travel; requests for reimbursement for travel already completed will not be considered. Requests for travel to countries on the State Department’s Travel Warning List must have prior approval from the international vice president.

Faculty who receive travel grants are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Kennedy Center in some way. Future publications should acknowledge support of the center, and faculty should be willing to report their research as part of the Kennedy Center lecture series. All grant recipients are required to submit a one-page memo at the end of the year reporting on the use of Kennedy Center funds. Funds are available for use in the year awarded. Travel grants may not be deferred.

Applications for Conference Travel Grants will be considered twice a year: once after the 15 March deadline and once after the 15 October deadline. Out-of-cycle applications will not be considered.

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Kennedy Research Fellows


The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies invites applications for Kennedy Research Fellowships for fall semester 2022.

This year we will have research fellowships for both students and faculty. Both student and faculty fellows will pursue a research project during fall semester related to the Kennedy Center’s fall academic theme: The Global Religious Experience

Fellows will complete an academic paper or creative work during fall semester and be prepared to present the results of their research during the Kennedy Center lecture series in December 2022.

Student fellows will select a mentor to help guide their research and receive a research stipend of $1,000. Faculty fellows will receive a research stipend of $4,000. Half of the stipend will be awarded at the beginning of the semester and half at the end of the semester upon conclusion of the research.

Applications for fall semester are due 20 April. 

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