George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Fellowship

The Tanner Humanities Center’s mission is to promote humanistic research and education at the University of Utah, in the state, and in the nation. The Center sponsors an annual competitive program which promotes research by University of Utah faculty and graduate students and research by independent scholars and faculty from other institutions. See for more information.

Graduate students will have successfully passed their Ph.D. or qualifying exams, and completed all course work by the beginning of the fellowship period (August 2010).

The Tanner Humanities Center will award an Eccles fellowship in Mormon Studies for the 2010-2011 academic year. This fellowship is designed to enable doctoral students of unusual ability and achievement to engaging in research and writing full time. Projects should focus on topics related to the history and/or culture of Mormonism. Eligible disciplines include: Communication, English, History, Languages, Law, and Philosophy.

Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $18,000 and a private office with computer and telephone in the Center. Doctoral Fellows will be exempt from departmental teaching or instructional duties during the academic year. Doctoral fellows may retain other forms of internal and external support that do not interfere with their dissertation work.

Fellowship Activities
As part of an intellectual community, fellows will be in residence during the nine-month academic year from August through April and are expected to participate fully in Center activities. During their residence, fellows will present work-in-progress talk to other fellows, faculty, graduate students, and invited guests. A final written fellowship report of progress required by June 30, 2011. Brief absences for research-related travel are permitted with notice to staff.

Selection Criteria
The Center seeks fellows whose past and present work demonstrates excellence and collegiality, and represents a variety of disciplines and methodologies without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or national or ethnic origin. The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities to people with disabilities.

Application Process

A Graduate Fellowship application consists of four parts:

  1. Electronic copy of the application materials arranged in the following order: a) the application cover page, b) an abstract (100 words, single-spaced) of the proposed project, and c) a brief description (double-spaced, not to exceed 1000 words) of the dissertation project that follows “description format” guidelines listed below, and d) a current curriculum vitae.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation: a) one letter from the chair of the supervisory committee and, b) one letter from a scholar working in the student’s area of study who is familiar with the student’s proposed research project.

    Please ask your department’s or program’s graduate director to submit a letter acknowledging that you are a graduate student in good standing in the program.

    Please ask your department or program to send a dated copy of the your qualifying exam sheet signed by the supervisory committee indicating “pass.”

    All documents must be electronically to Beth Tracy, Fellowship Coordinator, at by the March 1, 2010 deadline.

  3. ONE set of official Transcript(s) of all graduate schooling. ORDER THEM EARLY, EVEN EIGHT WEEKS PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE.
  4. A list by year of the graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) support—in the form of tuition waivers, teaching assistantships or teaching fellowships, scholarships, grants, and other fellowships, regardless of source— that you have received. (This will not disqualify you; we merely want to be aware of this information.)


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