Humanities Undergraduate Mentoring Grants for Research

Humanities majors can apply for BYU Humanities Undergraduate Mentoring Grants (HUM Grants) through this site until March 5 at 10:00 p.m. Read this page carefully and apply below.

Information Sessions will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 4th at 1:00pm  and Friday, February 5th at 3:00pm.  Recorded

As part of the college support for experiential learning, HUM grants offer resources for student-initiated, faculty-mentored research projects outside the classroom. Students can apply to the College of Humanities, with a faculty mentor’s endorsement, for up to $1,200 in scholarship funding to support their work.

HUM Grant funded experiences should be high impact learning opportunities in which student and faculty research interests converge. A significant project with substantive mentoring should lead to improvement in core humanities learning outcomes, such as advanced research, writing, and presenting.


  • Students must be majoring in the College of Humanities and not have received a HUM Grant in the previous cycle (the last six months).
  • Proposed projects must be completable before graduation.
    (e.g., If you are graduating in April, you should apply in the previous fall cycle at the latest rather than winter.)
  • Mentors must be full-time faculty in the College of Humanities.

Students interested in proposing a project should consider the following HUM Grant criteria.

  • Student-initiated
    The research should involve a subject of strong personal and intellectual interest. Students with some experience with the subject or research question, in the classroom or other contexts, will provide more compelling narratives of interest in their proposals.
  • Faculty-mentored
    Successful projects will depend on a strong student/faculty mentoring relationship. Students should select faculty mentors carefully, based on their prior relationship and relevant field. Faculty mentors must be committed to meeting with their students regularly. Students must be majors in the college and mentors must be full-time faculty in the college.
  • Enabling
    The funding request, which will include a project budget, should show how the HUM grant will enable an opportunity (travel to an archive or an academic conference, technology or equipment purchase or rental, time spent, etc.) the student might not otherwise have. Funded projects should stand alone with distinct purpose and outcomes; funding should not simply supplement participation in an existing program such as study abroad.
  • Accountable
    The proposed research should have specific outcomes that can be achieved within a manageable timetable. Students and mentors will report on the results at the conclusion of the grant period.

All proposals must include the following elements:

  1. A statement of purpose and significance
  2. A detailed description of the research, its scope, and parameters
  3. A statement of expected academic outcomes—the anticipated product of research
  4. A description of the student and faculty mentor’s qualifications for the project
  5. A project timetable and budget
  6. A list of scholarly sources relevant to the research

Information Sessions  via Zoom:

  • Thursday, Feb 4th at 1pm
  • Friday, Feb 5th at 3pm
HUM Grants Deadlines Fall Cycle 2020 Winter Cycle 2021
Proposal Due October 30, 2020 March 5, 2021
Mentor Endorsement Due November 6, 2020 March 12, 2021
Awards Announced Week of December 1, 2020 Week of April 5, 2021
Project Outcomes Report Due August 14, 2021 December 3, 2021
Mentor Outcomes Endorsement Due August 21, 2021 December 10, 2021

NOTE: Special funding available from the University Accessibility Center for students with disabilities. See proposal form for details.

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*The next HUM Grant cycle will be during fall semester 2021.