Funding for Visiting Researchers

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researchers who wish to visit the Medieval Institute may apply for several types of funding assistance. Annually, the MI offers a Mellon fellowship in medieval studies that allows a junior faculty member to spend a year at Notre Dame working on his or her own research. In addition, there are short-term stipends for residencies of a month to a full semester. Those who wish to consult the Institute’s Ambrosiana microfilm or photographic collection may apply for funds that permit several days of focused research. And together with the SIEPM, the Institute offers a semester-long fellowship in medieval philosophy. Two fellowships funded by a bequest from Abbot Astrik L. Gabriel, former director of the Medieval Institute, are available for scholars working on the history of medieval education.  

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies

The Medieval Institute offers a fellowship for a junior faculty scholar in Medieval Studies, made possible through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fellowship permits an outstanding young scholar in any field of medieval studies to continue his or her research while in residence at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute during a full academic year.

The Mellon Fellow’s principal obligation is to pursue his or her own research. Though the Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, it is expected that the Fellow will take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute and the multidisciplinary activities that it sponsors for the medievalist community at Notre Dame. The Fellow is provided with a carrel in the Medieval Institute, full library and computer privileges, and access to the Institute’s research tools. The Fellow is expected to reside in South Bend.

The Fellowship provides an ideal opportunity for a junior faculty person to focus on a book-length project. The time at Notre Dame allows them to do the sustained work necessary to prepare the draft of a publishable first monograph. At a crucial point in the tenure-track process, a faculty member can work unimpeded by a full teaching schedule, in a world-class research environment, and with a collegial and like-minded community of scholars.

Further, the Mellon Fellowship at Notre Dame offers a unique opportunity for each Mellon Fellow to receive feedback on their manuscript. At the conclusion of the Fellow’s period of residency, three senior scholars are invited to campus for a half-day public seminar discussion of the Fellow’s manuscript-in-progress and a lengthy individual consultation with the author. The Fellow is encouraged to invite leading researchers who can critique a draft version of the manuscript and offer advice on issues arising out of it. The panelists spend substantial time with the Fellow in one-to-one conversation and close reading of the draft.

A list of past Mellon Fellows and their project titles is available in the People section of our web site.

Eligibility: Mellon scholars must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution and plan to return to their institution following their fellowship year. Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand as of the application date and must not be more than five years beyond the Ph.D. award date at the time of the application.
Stipend: $40,000 (paid directly to the Fellow’s home institution)
Application deadline for Academic Year 2015-16:  February 1, 2015
Application procedure: Applicants should submit a project proposal of no more than five pages describing their proposed research, indicating how it builds on existing scholarship, and suggesting how it will benefit from broader interdisciplinary studies. Applicants should also submit an informational cover sheet, a general letter of application, and a current curriculum vitae. Three letters of reference should be sent to the Medieval Institute by the February 1 deadline.

For further information, contact: Roberta Baranowski, (574) 631-8304, rbaranow@nd.edu.

Please send all Mellon Fellowship application materials to:

Mellon Fellowship Coordinator
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

or via email to: medinst@nd.edu

or via FAX to: (574) 631-8644

Stipends for Short-term Postdoctoral Research

Each year, a limited number of stipends in the amount of $1,750 per month are available for three- to four-month periods for postdoctoral scholars who wish to conduct research in the Medieval Institute Library. Such temporary, residential visitors to the Institute form a lively complement to the permanent faculty and student community and benefit greatly from the opportunities for professional interaction. Recently, the Institute has welcomed postdoctoral scholars from the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Argentina, and elsewhere.

The number of stipends available (up to three in a given year) varies and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are made at the discretion of the director of the Medieval Institute. Visitors are encouraged to seek additional financial support from their home institutions or other sources to supplement the stipend awards. Applicants should send letters of inquiry describing the nature of the research they wish to conduct at Notre Dame, how the particular resources of the Medieval Institute will assist them, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference to the address below. Please include full details on any other sources of funding you will receive during your visit, as well as the proposed dates for your stay.

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.

Send inquiries to:

Prof. John Van Engen
Robert M. Conway Director
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Stipends for Ambrosiana Microfilms Collection Research

The Medieval Institute makes stipends in the amount of $500 each available to scholars who wish to visit Notre Dame and consult its extensive collection of microfilms and other materials that reproduce the holdings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. All grants are made at the discretion of the director of the Medieval Institute and awarded on the basis of the research project description and how consultation of the Ambrosiana Archive will advance the work of the applicant. Stipends may be used to help defray the cost of travel, accommodations, microfilm reproduction, photoduplication, or other expenses associated with research at the Institute. Advanced graduate students as well as postdoctoral and established scholars are eligible.

Researchers should send a current curriculum vitae, along with a letter of application explaining both the nature of their research project and how use of the Ambrosiana Collection will advance their work, to:

Dr. Julia Schneider
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

SIEPM Fellowship in Medieval Philosophy

In co-operation, the Société Internationale pour L’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) and the Medieval Institute announce a yearly competition for a stipend to conduct research at the Medieval Institute for a period of no less than one month and up to four months during either the Fall term (late August to December) or the Spring term (mid-January to May). The competition is open to young scholars, age 35 or under, who are members of the SIEPM and who have completed their doctorate or are in the final stages of research for their doctoral dissertations. The Société will provide the winning candidate with up to 700 euros; the Medieval Institute will provide $1,750 per month (for living expenses, etc.) during the period of the scholar’s visit to Notre Dame.

Applications must include (1) a description of the proposed research (1-2 pages): applicants should indicate the dates they intend to visit Notre Dame, and should show how their research will benefit from use of the resources of the Medieval Institute; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) letters of recommendation by two members of the SIEPM. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015; the applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty at the Medieval Institute and officers of the Société.

Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are closed; the next award will be made for a visit during the 2015-16 academic year.

All application materials should be sent simultaneously to both:

Prof. Kent Emery, Jr.
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 USA
(e-mail: bpm@nd.edu)

and to

Prof. Dr. Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen
Philosophisches Seminar Universität Freiburg
Werthmannplatz 3
D-79085 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
(e-mail: siepm@uni-freiburg.de).

Articles by the candidate based on research conducted at the Medieval Institute will be considered favorably for publication in the Bulletin de philosophie médiévale.

Astrik L. Gabriel Fellowships in the History of Medieval Education

The Astrik L. Gabriel Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Medieval Education, created in honor of the scholarly interests of the late Abbot Gabriel, O.Praem., director of the Medieval Institute from 1952 to 1975, support research on the history of medieval education (i.e., grammar schools, abbey and cathedral schools, studia of the religious orders, colleges, and universities) and projects that will make appropriate use of the Astrik L. Gabriel History of Universities Collection and the Gabriel Collection of Early Printed Books

There are two categories of award: the Doctoral Fellowship for students enrolled in a Ph.D. program and the Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars holding a Ph.D. degree. Depending on the pool of applicants, the committee will make one award in either category; if the pool is exceptionally strong, the committee may make an award in both categories.

Doctoral Fellowship

The Gabriel Doctoral Fellowship is for a period of one semester and carries a stipend of $10,000. All doctoral students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply; applications must include a curriculum vitae, research proposal, two letters of recommendation from professors, and a letter from a Chair or Director of Graduate Studies indicating that the applicant is a student in good standing. The yearly due date is September 1 for all applications for awards during the next calendar year. Award decisions will be announced between September 15 and October 1.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Gabriel Postdoctoral Fellowship is for a period of one semester and carries a stipend of $20,000. All scholars holding a Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply; applications must include a curriculum vitae, research proposal, and two letters of recommendation. The yearly due date is September 1 for all applications for awards during the next calendar year. Award decisions will be announced between September 15 and October 1.

All Gabriel Fellowship application materials should be sent to:

Gabriel Awards Committee Coordinator
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

or via email to: medinst@nd.edu

or via FAX to: (574) 631-8644