The Maxwell Institute’s Nibley Fellowship Program has been a means of encouraging and supporting the rising generation of disciple-scholars for over twenty years. During the program’s history, fellowship awards have been granted to over 100 individual graduate students working in various fields of religious scholarship. Many are now gainfully employed in academic positions, their cumulative contribution to scholarship already great and growing. The Institute is proud of the Nibley Fellowship Program’s contribution to their success.
Kristian S. Heal, outgoing director of the program, says, “Fellowship awards have enabled some to complete their programs, and many others have been enabled to attend an all-important conference, buy much-needed books, or simply pay their rent.” Heal adds, “for all, the Nibley Fellowship award has meant a permanent association with one of Mormonism’s greatest intellectuals, and joining a fellowship of disciple scholars committed to the simultaneous pursuit of academic excellence and dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Reflections and experiences from past Nibley Fellows may be found here.
We are pleased to announce that beginning in 2018, the Nibley Fellowship Program will now award annually a one-year, full-time post-doctoral fellowship to a recent graduate in a field of religious scholarship.
Spencer Fluhman, the Institute’s executive director, said this evolution of the Nibley fellowship program is a key to building the kind of research community envisioned for the Institute. “Ultimately,” Fluhman said, “we’ll have a regular flow of visiting scholars through the Institute and it’s exciting to add a regular postdoctoral fellow to the mix. The holder of the Nibley fellowship will both benefit from our senior scholars in residence and enrich the community with their own fresh ideas and research.”
The search for the inaugural Nibley fellow-in-residence is planned for fall 2017, with the expectation that the first fellow will join the Institute for summer or fall in 2018.