The Middle Ages still await discovery and interpretation. Untold thousands of medieval manuscripts have scarcely been studied—or even cataloged. Archaeology yields crucial data on almost a daily basis. Scholars using digital techniques now ask entirely new questions. Whole regions have yet to be explored properly. Our faculty, visiting scholars, and students are leading the way.

Latest Published Books

The Islamic-Byzantine Border in History: From the Rise of Islam to the End of the Crusades

Deborah Tor and Alexander Beihammer

Edinburgh University Press, 2023

Republics of Difference: Religious and Racial Self-Governance in the Spanish Atlantic World

Karen Graubart

Associate Professor of History

Oxford University Press, 2022

Medieval Institute Library

Scholarly research is a key enterprise at the Medieval Institute and its library collection provides an unequaled resource essential to the study of the Middle Ages. The Medieval Institute Library houses nearly 30,000 books across six reference collections in its five dedicated reading rooms and over 60,000 additional, circulating volumes located in the Medieval Institute General Collection. These resources provide the backbone for the extensive scholarly research that takes place here every day. Scholars from around the world visit Notre Dame to use these materials. The Reading Rooms and Reference Collections are open to all patrons from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excepting University holidays.

Grants & Fellowships

The Institute offers several competitively awarded grants and fellowships. 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 and a Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Those who wish to consult the Institute’s Ambrosiana microfilm or photographic collection may apply for a stipend that permit several days of focused research.