Willes Center Awards Research Grants

The Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies announces five faculty research grants for the 2008–2009 academic year:

Susan Easton Black and Andrew C. Skinner, “The Phrase ‘This Land’: Doctrinal and Geographical Implications for Latter-day Saints” (a book-length study).

S. Kent Brown, “Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God” (a seven-part documentary film on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, including his New World ministry).

Keith A. Crandall, “DNA and the Book of Mormon: Exploring Population Genetic Models” (a scientific article).

Alan K. Parrish, “A History of the Interest of Prominent Church Leaders and Scholars in Book of Mormon Geography and Archaeology” (a series of nine studies).

John W. Welch, “The Speeches of Alma” (a book-length study).

The Willes Center awards research grants to full-time faculty members to encourage important research on the Book of Mormon. Though the current awards will support research mainly on the BYU campus, an awardee can pursue research from any locale as long as the topic relates to the Book of Mormon.

One important stipulation requires that, within three months of completing the term of their award, those receiving scholarships are to submit a publishable paper on their research that can potentially appear in the Journal of Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture or other relevant publications. This requirement applies also to those who receive an award for pursuing a media production such as a documentary film.

For long-term projects, awardees may apply for funds for a second year to complete their projects, although their applications will be competing with others for awards. Second-year applications are to include a one-page research report on the first year’s work.

Application forms are available at willescenter .byu.edu. The applications for 2009–2010 will be due on September 30, 2008.