Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop

About the Fellowship

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame has established an annual nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world.

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. 

Towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.

Fellowship application details

See our list of current fellows

Past Workshops


"Settlement, Space, and Society in Rural Byzantium" with our 2021–22 fellow, Dr. Mark Pawlowski, and speakers Dr. Pamela Armstrong (Oxford), Professor Leonora Neville (U Wisconsin–Madison), and Professor Effie Athanassopoulos (U Nebraska–Lincoln).

Workshop Program of Events


The 2020–21 Byzantine fellow was in residence during the 2021–22 academic year. 

"Saints in Hymns, Homilies, and Hagiography" with Byzantine Fellow Kosta Simic (Ph.D., Australian Catholic University) and distinguished discussants Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos (Catholic University of America), Mary Cunningham (Honorary Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies), Maria-Lucia Goiana  (University of Vienna), and Fr. Damaskinos Olkinuora (University of Eastern Finland). 

Workshop Program of Events


"Memory and Cognition in Byzantium" with Byzantine Fellow Nicole Paxton Sullo and invited speakers Rossitza Schroeder, Wiebke-Marie Stock, and Roland Betancourt.

Workshop Program of Events

2020 Paxton Sullo Poster


"New Sources of the Self and Self-Determination: Paradigms from Byzantium and the Medieval West" with Byzantine Fellow Demetrios Harper and invited speakers Thérèse Cory and Paul M. Blowers

2019 Byzantine workshop poster


"Medieval Society and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Workshop" with Byzantine Fellow Lee Mordechai and invited speakers A. Asa Eger and Timothy P. Newfield

Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop 2018 Poster Web Lee Mordechai