Announcing MI Fellowships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Author: Medieval Institute

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Every year, the Medieval Institute offers several competitively awarded fellowships. These fellowships aim to support the work of early-career scholars by providing them with access to the resources and intellectual community of the Medieval Institute as well as those of the broader university. This year, the Institute is accepting applications for two different fellowship opportunities: the A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies and the Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies is aimed at a junior faculty scholar who currently holds a position in a United States university as an assistant professor and is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. This Fellow pursues research in residence at Notre Dame's famed Medieval Institute during the academic year and participates in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute. In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference.

"This past academic year was among the most productive and engaging of my academic career," says Mohamad Ballan, Assistant Professor of History at Stony Brook University and Mellon Fellow for the academic year 2021–22. "The most valuable opportunity afforded by this fellowship was the Mellon Colloquium, which allowed me to invite three leading senior scholars in my field who provided substantial feedback on my book manuscript and ensured that it will be ready to submit to publishers by the end of this coming academic year."

The Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year fellowship in which the Fellow will work closely with the Institute’s staff, especially its director of undergraduate studies and engagement, in the Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts directed at local schools as well as potential donors, alumni, and undergraduate majors and minors. "Serving as the inaugural Public Humanities Fellow," says Sister Annie Killian, "I have grown more experienced as an educator, cultivated my identity as a public scholar, and acquired skills in marketing and communications."

The deadline for both fellowships is February 1st. 

The Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship will be open again for applications next year. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature, theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures.The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research—such as 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. In addition, 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.

Kosta Simic, Byzantine Fellow for the 2021–22 academic year, highlighted the "excellent scholarly community" offered at the Medieval Institute and noted how the Fellowship allowed him to complete his book manuscript while also publishing an article, presenting a paper, and traveling to participate in a roundtable. "It was a privilege and a great pleasure" he says, "to be a part of the Notre Dame community. My fellowship at Notre Dame was one of the most important events in my personal and professional life."

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