For Visiting Researchers

kells_in_foreground_350In the Medieval Institute Reading Room

visitors come to the Medieval Institute regularly. Some stay for only a day or two, while others join our community of scholars for a semester or longer. Most are attracted by the outstanding resources of the Medieval Institute Library. The People section of our web site notes some of the scholars (current and past) who have enriched the Institute by their presence.

If you plan to visit the Medieval Institute, we encourage you to read the information on these pages for practical tips that can help expedite trip planning and logistics. 

Day Visitors

Alumni and others who are making brief visits to campus are welcome to stop by the MI Reading Room and departmental office (715 Hesburgh Library) or browse through the 7th floor medieval studies book collection. The Reading Room and department office are open on non-holiday weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note that the Reading Room is a quiet study area with scholarly research activities in progress constantly.

Academic visitors who wish to use the Medieval Institute Library collection for their research, should contact Dr. Julia Schneider, acting medieval studies librarian, and discuss their needs well in advance of the time they wish to visit.  

About once a month during the fall and spring semesters, the Medieval Institute hosts lectures by prominent medievalists on specialized research topics.  These presentations usually are open to the public. See our event calendar for details or ask to be put on our email list.

Visiting Scholars

It is possible for faculty from other institutions who will be in the area for a limited time to seek temporary, formal affiliation as visiting scholars and for graduate students from other universities to seek appointments as research visitors. Visiting scholars and research visitors have borrowing access to the MI Library collection and they may use the Library’s electronic resources during their stay. 

Applicants should contact Prof. John Van Engen, director of the Medieval Institute, and indicate how the particular resources of the Medieval Institute will assist them. These appointments are made at the discretion of the director, and only after submission of a research proposal and curriculum vitae. Applicants should inquire between six months and one year prior to the time they wish to be in residence, in order to allow sufficient time for the necessary preparations. Visiting scholars and research visitors provide their own funding.

Research Funding

Information about annual, competitively awarded fellowships/scholarships (e.g., Mellon Fellowship, SIEPM Fellowship, Gabriel Fellowships) and occasional short-term, discretionary fellowships (e.g., postdoctoral associateships, Ambrosiana Microfilms Collection Research Stipends) is available elsewhere on our web site under the heading of Funding for Visiting Researchers

Visit Logistics

Potential residential visitors frequently have questions about local housing, transportation, and other aspects of campus life. In addition, international visitors usually need a U.S. visa if they plan to spend more than a few weeks at Notre Dame. Details on these topics are provided for your convenience by clicking the links above.