Marcus Bach Graduate Fellowships

The Marcus Bach Fellowships for Graduate Students in the Humanities are awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support the completion of an MFA project or doctoral dissertation. The fellowship’s goal is to foster intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives, and projects in this area are the most appropriate proposals.

The Marcus Bach Fellowships are made possible by a bequest from the estate of Dr. Marcus Bach. Dr. Bach received a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1942 in Speech and Dramatic Arts (now the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts). Awardees must also show an awareness of the specific ideas and research of Dr. Bach. (For more information on Dr. Bach, please see the Brigham Young University website devoted to him.)

Bach Fellowships provide a single semester of support, which includes

  • $9,000 Salary
  • Associated Fringe Benefits
  • Tuition Scholarship for 2 s.h. credit
  • 50% of Mandatory fees

Each year, up to four Bach Fellowships will be awarded.


  • The applicant must use the fellowship period to complete an MFA project or to conduct postcomprehensive research and writing on the doctoral dissertation.
  • The applicant’s research/creative project must focus on intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives. Especially appropriate are proposals which show an awareness of the ideas and research of Dr. Marcus Bach.
  • Students in the creative arts, humanities, and related social sciences are eligible to apply, so long as their project has a relevant focus.
  • Awardees must register for at least 1 s.h. credit during the fellowship semester.
  • Recipients of a Marcus Bach Fellowship may not combine the award with any other UI fellowship, assistantship or paid work during the award period.

Application Process

Eligible graduate students apply through their departments. The DEO may forward to the Dean up to three student applications. Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowships are due in the CLAS Dean's Office to Allison Bierman at by Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Application materials must include:

  • the completed application cover sheet, available here.
  • a short description (up to 2 pages, 12 pt. font) of the creative or research project, and of the work already accomplished,
  • a brief (1 page maximum) statement describing connections between the project and Marcus Bach’s research/ideas,
  • a copy of the applicant’s current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable),
  • a statement of support from the applicant’s adviser, which includes comments about the progress towards completing degree requirements, and
  • a statement of support from the DEO. If more than one application is submitted through a program, the DEO should provide an assessment of the rank of the applications.

Awardees are selected in consultation with the Graduate Education Policy Committee.

Projects Funded

View a list of projects funded since the Fellowships were established in 2005.

Questions: Please contact Allison Bierman.