Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000)
Alex Douglas, PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Bio: Alex Douglas originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, but he has spent the past decade living in Boston and studying at Harvard. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and then switched his focus, and took a Master’s in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Alex is currently in his sixth and final year of a Ph.D. program in the Old Testament. In addition to his studies, he is a Freshman Proctor, and works as an editorial assistant for the Harvard Theological Review. Alex has taught early-morning Seminary, Institute classes at Boston University and for his stake, and also taught Book of Mormon classes at BYU during the summer term, 2016. He previously received a Nibley Fellowship awarded for 2013-14, a Nibley Graduate Stipend award for 2014-15, and a Nibley Graduate Research Award for 2015-16.
Considerations: Alex Douglas is a brilliant student, a committed and gifted teacher, and an extremely promising scholar. He has won the respect of his Harvard professors for his intellectual and personal gifts. His mental agility, analytical skills, and linguistic gifts receive praise alongside his maturity, work ethic and depth of character and integrity. These intellectual and personal gifts are infused by his commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, making him precisely the kind of faithful scholar that the Nibley Fellowship aims to foster and encourage.
Graduate Stipend ($5,000)
Courtney Innes, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
Bio: After graduating magna cum laude from BYU, Courtney took a Master of Studies degree in Jewish-Christian relations from the University of Cambridge, and then entered the PhD program in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Considerations: Courtney Innes has maintained a track record of superb academic achievement throughout her undergraduate and graduate education. She has gained the respect of her professors for her quickness of mind, her contribution to the research culture of her department, and for her commitment to her field, evidenced in active participation in conferences, and in her service as the president of the Vancouver Chapter of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities. Courtney’s training has combined excellence in the classroom, methodological rigor, with a broad experience in archeological fieldwork. This training has prepared her perfectly to tackle a compelling cultural and comparative study of Christian Kourion (Cyprus) in late antiquity for her dissertation project.
Bradley Kime, PhD Student, University of Virginia
Bio: After graduating magna cum laude from BYU, Bradley Kime continued his study of American religious history, first at Utah State University, where he worked with Philip Barlow, and then at the University of Virginia, where he works with Kathleen Flake.
Considerations: Bradley Kime’s academic accomplishments and awards (including, BYU Valedictorian and a Jefferson Fellow at the University of Virginia) are indicators of great academic promise. And not just promise—he is active in the academy and has already publishing in highly respected venues. Wherever he has studied he has won the respect of his professors not only for his extraordinary agile mind and a voracious desire for learning, but also his decency and deep commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Graduate Research Award ($1,500)
Kimberley M. Berkey, MTS Student, Harvard Divinity School
Katherine Kitterman, PhD Student, American University, Washington, DC
Courtney Peacock, PhD Student, Heidelberg University
Joseph Stuart, PhD Student, University of Utah
Kristine Wright, PhD Student, Princeton University
Conference and Travel Grants
Daniel Becerra, PhD Candidate, Duke University (for the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio).
Alan Farnes, PhD Student, University of Birmingham (for the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio).
Courtney Innes, PhD Student, University of British Columbia (for the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Seoul, Korea).
Daniel McClellan, PhD Student, University of Exeter (St. Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies; University of Kent, Future of Biblical Studies Conference).