The first of its kind in the nation, the Tanner Humanities Center's Mormon Studies fellowship provides a doctoral student funds to spend a year researching the history, beliefs, and culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and its members. This fellowship is open to all dissertation level students of the Mormon Experience from any university in the United States or from around the world. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: Theology, History, Sociology, Economics, Literature, Philosophy, and Political Science.
This fellowship supports academic scholarship. It seeks to enlighten and educate while grounding understanding in serious research. The fellowship will not disparage or denigrate any religion, organization, people, or group. The fellow must be affiliated with a university and actively enrolled in a Ph.D. Program. A committee, chaired by the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and composed of scholars and members of the community, informed and sensitive to the needs of Mormon studies, select the fellow annually.
The fellowship was originally established with a grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. Thanks to our generous donors, a $400,000 endowed fund has been created to ensure future funding for excellent Mormon Studies doctoral students from across the country. The Center now seeks support for our larger initiative to expand opportunities for the study of Mormonism at the University of Utah and in the wider community. Click here for more information.
Graduate students at the University of Utah or another university can apply for the 2014-2015 Mormon studies fellowship. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014.
Eccles Mormon Studies Fellows
2013-2014: Saskia Tielens - Dortmund University, Germany
Saskia's research project, titled “The Ritualization of Modern Mormon History: Tracing Global Memory in a Global Zion,” investigates the transnational context of Mormonism by tracing cultural memory as it passes borders (both real and imagined, physical and cultural) in a global Mormon community.
2012-2013: Rosemary Avance - University of Pennsylvania
Rosemary's research project, titled “Voices and Silences: On the Construction of Mormon Identities,” considers the ways that modern Mormon identities are rendered from multiple, often conflicting sources: authorities, faithful members, the secular media, and former Mormons.
2011-2012: Max Mueller - Harvard University
Max's research project, titled “Beyond the Priesthood: Race and Gender in the History of African American Mormons” examines the experiences of early black Mormon pioneers—most notably Jane Manning James—in light of the evolving racial and gender politics in Utah from the arrival of the first pioneers to Salt Lake in 1847 through Utah statehood in 1896.
2010-2011: Kate Holbrook - Boston University
Kate's research project, titled “Radical Food: Mormon Foodways and the American Mainstream,” examines LDS food culture throughout the mid-20th century and how this culture affected the relationship between Mormons and broader society. Kate is now affiliated with the Department of Church History.
Mormon Studies Fellowship Board
Director, Tanner Humanities Center
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Utah
Spencer P. Eccles
Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
CEO, Huntsman Chemical Corporation
President and CEO, Virion Systems, Inc.
Brigham Young University
Professor of History
Associate Professor of History
University of Utah
Assistant Church Historian and Recorder
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints