BYU/MSE Internal Grants

The David O. McKay School of Education (MSE) provides multiple grant opportunities to faculty and students. The MSE works with other units on campus, such as Graduate Studies and the Office of Research and Creative Activities, to provide research awards.  

McKay School of Education (MSE) Research Grant Opportunities

Submission Date Faculty Funding Source Student Funding Source Grant Information Amount & Length of Funding Links Restrictions Number Funded Last Year

October 15th

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Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) Fellowship Grant This grant is available to full-time, CFS faculty in the MSE and Arts & Sciences colleges involved in the BYU-Public School Partnership. $10,000 a year for up to 3 years with an annual faculty stipend of $5000 Application Information Research to be conducted on CITES programs and initiatives only - contact CITES office for details 1

Proposal Due: 3rd Thursday in October 


Department Chair Endorsement Due: October 26, 2018


Annual Reports Due for Grants:
Jan. 31st  

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McKay School of Education (MSE) Research Grant

The annual competition will occur in the fall for funding to begin winter semester. Faculty can apply for either one year or two years of funding. Up to $20,000 will be funded for the first year and up to $20,000 for the second year, the maximum allowed for travel is $2,500; 1 or 2 years

MSE Grant Guidelines

MSE Grants Proposal Template

(under revision)

Full-time, CFS-track, MSE faculty may apply unless they have an open MSE grant award. Previous awardees may apply after first submitting a proposal for external (non-BYU) funding. Faculty with joint appointments in the MSE will receive partial funding from the MSE and must have approval from their non-MSE department chair for the rest of the funding before applying.

Proposals are accepted throughout the year (unless the tech need is part of a research grant proposal, in which case the grant deadline applies). MSE Technology Project Grant  Tech Project grant proposals are needed for projects that require over 40 hours of development by tech staff (e.g. apps, online services, graphic design, website development - see proposal form for list) or for the purchase of computer hardware/software to be housed or maintained by the MSE. Proposals are completed with guidance from the MSE Education Computing Support (ECS), Web Team, and/or Technology Computing (TEC) Lab Tech Project Grant Proposal Form Full-time, CFS-track, MSE faculty may apply.  See Part 2 of the proposal for a list of the types of technology that require approval and the associated tech support office.  

Proposals are accepted after January 1st until annual funds are expended.

Final Report Due for Grants:
Jan. 31st of the following year

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Experiential Learning Support

Up to $140,000 available 

Up to $15,000 each which must be spent by December 15th

Experiential Learning  Proposal Template


Funds to be used for undergraduate student wages and travel only (limited funding for graduate student support is available - see proposal template).


Due the 1st of each month

Final Report Due for Grants:
Jan. 31st 
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McKay School of Education Mini-Grant for Research These grants can be used to fund student wages and/or student travel for data collection or travel to present at conferences. Up to $5,000; ends December 31st of the year funded Mini Grant Guidelines and Proposal Template Full-time, CFS, MSE Faculty are eligible to apply (including those with a MSE funded grant or an active MEG). A faculty member can only be awarded 1 Mini-Grant per year and funds must be used prior to the end of the fiscal year. 8

University (BYU) Research Grant Opportunities

Submission Date Faculty Funding Source Student Funding Source Grant Information Amount & Length of Funding Links Restrictions Number Funded Last Year
September 30th   Harold B Lee Library (HBLL) Student Research Grant The Library Student Research Grant program encourages outstanding student achievement in research, fosters information literacy, and stimulates original scholarship. Grant recipients will be mentored by a librarian as they make use of the services, resources, and collections of the Harold B. Lee Library. up to $1,500; awards announced by Oct. 15th and project must be completed by August 1st Application Information Undergraduate or graduate students may apply.  Mentorship of a faculty member and librarian is required. A letter of support is required and  should state how this research paper will benefit you and will contribute to research in your field of study.  
October 31st Scholarly and Creative Work Grants Eliza R. Snow Grant
David O. McKay Grant
John A. Widstoe Grant
J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Grant
Emmeline B. Wells Grant
Maximum amount of each ward will be $25,000; 1-2 years Application Information Can only apply for one grant. Please review website for specific eligibility criteria. -
October 31st Women's Research Initiative Grants These grants are only for full-time BYU faculty in a CFS-track position to support research and creative work focusing on women. $5,000; 1 year Application Information Funds may not be used for faculty salary. -

December 1st        Letter of Intent (required)

January 16th Application

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Origination Awards Teams of faculty from at least 3 different departments and 2 or more colleges can submit proposals that create a strong potential for external funding, will produce significant scientific and societal impacts, have a clearly articulated problem statement, identify measures of success and achievable milestones, and build or strengthen diverse IDR partnerships. $60,000 a year for 2 years Application Information Partnerships may include other universities but funds cannot be used to pay external faculty salaries.  Teams must submit at least one proposal for external funding by the end of the project period.    
Proposals due to the MSE Associate Dean by December 1st Graduate Mentoring Assistantship (GMA) The GMA is designed for a faculty member to mentor a graduate student who, in turn, mentors undergraduates. One of the motivations for this category of award is to facilitate the involvement of graduate students in assisting undergraduates with off-campus activities, but that is not a criterion. Up to  $15,000 for 1 year

Program Webpage 

Program Information 

MSE proposal submission information 

This Graduate Studies grant is for a faculty member to mentor a graduate student who, in turn, mentors undergraduates. -
January 15th High Impact Doctoral Research Assistantship (Must be a faculty/student joint application) This Graduate Studies award is designed to recruit non-BYU originating PhD graduate students. The applicant must agree to be supervised by a faculty member who has an active research program. Faculty members are encouraged to use the HIDRA program to recruit high-quality applicants. $30,000/year for a maximum of 3 years Application Information Applicants restricted to students whose undergraduate education was obtained at other institutions (non-BYU originating students). -
March 15th Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Grants (Faculty and Student) The Charles Redd Center provides awards, fellowships, and grants in a variety of categories to individuals engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Award amounts vary (see link); 1 year Application Information Research must center on the American West (with a focus on Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, or Colorado). Please review website for specific eligibility criteria. -