The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

           

About the Fellowship

 
2020  French Studies
2021  Greek Studies


Established in 1934 by Isabelle Stone (ΦΒΚ, Wellesley College) in honor of her mother, Mary Isabel Sibley, this fellowship was designed to reward women pursuing graduate work in one of two fields of study, French or Greek, with the experience of researching and living abroad. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1905, Dr. Stone received her Ph.D. in 1908 from Cornell University and was then awarded the Alice Freeman Palmer Fellowship and spent the next year in Europe, principally in Greece, where she continued her study of Greek history and language.
 
Through the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship, Dr. Stone intended to pass on the opportunity for pleasure, wisdom and scholarship that she found during her time in Greece to future generations.

Fellowship Details

The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually, alternating in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek culture (e.g. language, literature, history, archaeology), or the study of French language or literature. It carries a stipend of $20,000 and is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens. The stipend is typically paid in two installments, the first on July 1 of the award year, and the second on January 1 of the following year.


Eligibility Requirements 

The fellowship is intended, according to the donor’s wishes, for women in the early stages of their research careers who:
  • Demonstrate ability to carry on original research;
  • Hold a doctorate/have fulfilled all requirements for doctorate except the dissertation (ABD); and
  • Plan to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. Under appropriate circumstances, if approved by Phi Beta Kappa, candidates may hold other positions concurrently with the Sibley Fellowship.
Periodic progress reports from the Fellow are expected, with the hope that the results of the year of research will be published in some form.

 

Application Process

Before applying, interested candidates should thoroughly read this application form and these eligibility requirements

Applications should be completed electronically here:
Sibley Application

Applications must include:
  • A work proposal
  • Transcripts from all institutions (Transcripts do not need to come directly from the institution.)*
  • Three letters of recommendation should be uploaded directly by each recommender at this link. (Note this link is different than the link to the application.)*
*Letters and transcripts (in lieu of uploading them to the linked forms) may be sent electronically, to Eva Caldera from the letter writer and/or institution.
 

Letter of Recommendation Writers

If you have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for an applicant, please submit your letter here:
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2019 Mary Isabel Sibley Winner

2019 Mary Isabel Sibley Winner

Dr. Jessica Lamont (ΦΒΚ), Asst Professor of Greek History & Culture at Yale, has been named winner of the 2019 Sibley Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes exceptional young scholars in the field of French or Greek language, literature and culture. Lamont will use the fellowship stipend of $20,000 for her book Health and Healing in Classical Athens. Learn More.

Past Sibley Recipients

Staff Contact


Please email Eva Caldera at ecaldera@pbk.org with any inquiries or call (202) 745-3244

 



For basic information on all of the National Phi Beta Kappa Awards, download this information sheet.