Graduate Research Fellowship - Information
Funding Stipulation: The funds are to be used to support research/creative works that would be unfunded otherwise (including enhancements to currently funded projects). Graduate Studies will confirm compliance with this criterion before the funds are granted.
Presentation Commitment: Awardees must agree to present their results in a forum established by Graduate Studies, and to provide a written report to Graduate Studies that describes the results of their project.
1. Eligibility Criteria
The awards are directed to all matriculated graduate students who plan to conduct research under the direct supervision and advice of a BYU faculty member. Those working toward doctoral degrees are eligible if they have completed at least one year of their PhD program by Fall semester. Master's degree candidates must have been matriculated in their programs on or before Fall semester 2017.
- Be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress – be under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
- Have at least one full year of academic study remaining.
2. Application Guidelines
- Matriculation details.
- Advisor information.
- Chair of advisory committee if the degree requires a thesis or dissertation
- Faculty member who will supervise the research if the degree does not involve a thesis or dissertation
- Recommender Information.
- An Abstract (900 character maximum) A brief summary to help the reader quickly ascertain the purpose of the proposal.
- A Research Proposal.
The proposal will include several sections described below, but must be submitted as a single PDF file.
Writing style: avoid, or at least minimize, technical jargon, complicated technical definitions, and other material that would be meaningful only to a specialist in your subdiscipline. Use language that is accessible to reviewers outside your discipline.
Your proposal must be:
- 12 pt. font
- Single or double spaced
- 1 inch margins
- PDF format only
Your proposal must include the following with clear section headings and each section beginning on a new page:
- Proposal Body: Maximum of 3 pages allowed. An excess of 3 pages will disqualify your proposal. Content should define the purpose, methodology, and expected results.
OPTIONAL: Your proposal may include an “Appendices” section in addition to and following your “Proposal Body” section. If you choose to include an appendices it must be no more than 2 pages, contain a separate section heading, and begin on a separate page from your “Proposal Body” section. It should be placed after the Proposal Body and before the Curriculum Vitae.
- Curriculum Vitae: Describes student accomplishments, education, and aspirations.
- Academic Merit Statement: Maximum of 300 words. An excess of 300 words will disqualify your proposal.
- Explain the importance of the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding.
- Describe the extent to which the proposal suggests and explores creative and original concepts.
- Budget: describe in detail how you intend to use the funds.
- Tuition, fees, and supplies
- Living expenses
- Materials used for research (these will become the property of the student)
- Conference fees
- Data collection and language translation (if this requires paying third parties, please contact regulation accounting for instructions)
- Any other academic related expenses
Non approved use of funds include:
- Luxury items
- Other non-academic purposes
Letters of recommendation
- The applicant’s advisor must provide a letter of support that describes the capability of the student to generate creative and original scholarship and an assessment of the significance of the proposed project. The letter should indicate how the student’s proposal fits into the advisor’s scholarly interests.
- Letters of recommendation must be provided by two additional BYU faculty members or other qualified individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s interests and capabilities.
3. Evaluation and Award Information
GRF proposals will be reviewed by two different faculty members from the student's home college and one faculty member from a different college.
- In-college reviews (0 - 33 points for each reviewer)
- Satifies the objective: (0 - 12)
- Significance to the discipline as a contribution: (0 - 7)
- Creativity and originality: (0 - 7)
- Appropriateness of the methodology: (0 - 7)
- Non-college review (0 - 34 points)
- Satifies the objective: (0 - 12)
- Language and style is accessible to non-experts: (0 - 11)
- Clarity, coherence, concision, and grammatical correctness: (0 - 11)
- The student's score is the total of the three reviews (0 - 100 points)
For a score to be accepted by Graduate Studies, the reviewer must discuss the reason for granting the score (especially for very high or very low scores).