The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship


About the Fellowship

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 received a fellowship that enabled her to study in Europe, where she continued her study of Greek history and language. Through the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship, Dr. Stone intended to pass on the pleasure, wisdom and scholarship that she found during her time in Greece to future generations of women.

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 language, literature, history, or 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.

2019  Greek Studies
2020  French Studies

Eligibility Requirements 

Candidates must:
  • Be unmarried women* 25 to 35 years of age
  • Demonstrate ability to carry on original research
  • Hold a doctorate/have fulfilled all requirements for doctorate except the dissertation (ABD)
  • Plan to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year

*When creating the Sibley Fellowship in 1934, the original donor Isabelle Stone intended to provide a progressive doctoral scholarship for women. The Society can not legally change the criteria for the fellowship at this time. 

Application Process

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

Completed applications should be sent electronically* to Jen Horneman and must include:
  • The application form
  • A work proposal
  • Transcripts from all institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
*Letters and transcripts may be sent electronically.

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Applications for the Sibley Fellowship:
Due January 15, 2019


2018 Mary Isabel Sibley Winner

2018 Mary Isabel Sibley Winner

Ms. Kaliane Ung, NYU, has been awarded the 2018 Sibley Fellowship in French Studies. This fellowship recognizes exceptional young scholars in the field of French or Greek language, literature and culture. Ung plans to use the fellowship stipend of $20,000 for a project called Wounded Writings: Joë Bousquet, Hervé Guibert, Violette Leduc, Simone Weil. Learn More.

Past Sibley Recipients

Staff Contact

Please email Jen Horneman at with any inquiries or call (202) 745-3287


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