Grants & Fellowships

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The Institute offers several competitively awarded external 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. The Institute also offers an internal prize, The Olivia R. Constable Prize for Summer Study in Oxford and Europe, for Notre Dame faculty members. 

Our list of current research visitors and past Mellon Fellows notes some of the scholars who have enriched the Institute by their presence.

Should the MI not offer a fellowship that meets your interests or needs, we invite you to consider fellowships offered by Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study.

A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty 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. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a United States university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame's famed Medieval Institute during the academic year (this is a nine-month position that begins in August).

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but holders are expected to participate in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute and to reside in South Bend. The Fellow will be provided with a private carrel in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference. Three senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited to campus for a half-day public seminar treating the subject matter of the Fellow’s research. The senior scholars will also read and discuss a draft version of the Fellow’s work in an extended private session, a one-to-one conversation following a close reading of the draft, with a view to improving the manuscript before its submission to a press.

VIew the list of past Mellon Fellows and their project titles.

Eligibility: Mellon scholars must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution, obviously with a completed Ph.D., and should not be more than six years beyond receiving their Ph.D. at the time of the application.

Stipend: $50,000 (paid directly to the Fellow’s home institution)

Application deadline: February 1, for the upcoming academic year

Application procedure: Submit your application through Interfolio. You will need to upload a letter of application, a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current c.v., and three letters of recommendation.

Address questions to the Director of the Medieval Institute, Prof. Thomas Burman, at tburman@nd.edu.

Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral 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 is delighted to invite applicants for a 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 fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas. 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 fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the 2018-19 academic year (this is a nine-month position that begins in August).

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. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

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. 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.

Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.

Salary: $36,000 plus benefits

Application deadline: February 1, for the upcoming academic year

Application procedure: Submit your application through Interfolio. You will need to upload a letter of application, a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current c.v., and three letters of recommendation.

Address questions to Prof. Alexander Beihammer, Chair of the Byzantine Studies Committee, at abeihamm@nd.edu.

Stipends for Ambrosiana Microfilms Collection Research

The Medieval Institute makes stipends in the amount of $750 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.

Application procedure: Researchers should send a current c.v., 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 Studies Librarian, at jschneid@nd.edu

The Olivia R. Constable Prize for Summer Study in Oxford and Europe

The Medieval Institute offers an annual prize for summer study at Oxford, graciously underwritten by Robert M. Conway to honor the memory of Olivia Remie Constable, who was director of the Medieval Institute from 2008 until her untimely death in 2014. The Olivia R. Constable Prize underwrites up to three week’s residence at Harris Manchester College in Oxford with all expenses met. The prize-winner will be designated a Fellow of the College and enjoy full access to its resources and those of Oxford University, including libraries and web connections. During one week the prize-winner will take part in the College’s Summer Research Institute held in late June, which enables participants to pursue their own research while encouraging scholarly exchange some evenings.

All faculty members at the University of Notre Dame engaged in some facet of Medieval Studies are eligible to apply, as well as, if opportunity should permit in a given year, very senior graduate students. This prize comes with $3,000.00 to meet transportation expenses. The prize-winner is also free to pursue research beyond Oxford, as consistent with their project, in the United Kingdom and Europe. To this end the Prize awards another $5,000.00 for research related expenses incurred while pursuing this summer study.

Applicants for the Olivia R. Constable Prize must submit an application by March 14th to the Director of the Medieval Institute at tburman@nd.edu. The application should include a current CV, together with a proposal and budget for summer study (not to exceed five pages). The Director of the Institute will chair an ad hoc committee to review applications and award the Prize by April 1st.

Visiting

Anyone may visit the Institute and its collections without a formal appointment. 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, medieval studies librarian, and discuss their needs well in advance of the time they wish to visit.  

It is possible for faculty and graduate students from other institutions who will be in the area for a limited time to seek temporary, formal affiliation. Visiting scholars have access to the MI Library collection and they may use the Library’s electronic resources during their stay; they also provide their own funding. Applicants should send Dr. Megan J. Hall a current curriculum vitae and a brief research proposal indicating when they wish to visit and how the particular resources of the Medieval Institute will assist them. (We might further request a letter of recommendation.) Appointments are made at the discretion of the director. Applicants should inquire at least six months in advance of the time they wish to be in residence.

If you plan to visit the Medieval Institute, Notre Dame maintains a helpful resources page with information about travel, housing, dining, and other visitors' needs in Notre Dame and South Bend.