Admissions and Funding

Graduate School orientationGraduate School orientation at the Century Center in downtown South Bend


Application Deadline: January 4th.

Applicants are notified of admission decisions in March.

Admission to the Medieval Institute is highly competitive. Generous financial aid is available in the form of graduate student stipends and tuition scholarships.

Application Documents and Materials

Notre Dame uses an online application.

A complete applications consists of the following:

  • A statement of purpose and C.V.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • GRE scores*
  • For all non-native speakers of English, TOEFL scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A fifteen-page writing sample (ideally one that demonstrates the ability to work with primary sources in their original languages)

We do not require applicants to have a master's degree. Nonetheless, many students find that they are better prepared for our program after pursuing a graduate degree in another program. Successful applicants generally have very strong GRE scores, solid training in the medieval world (as shown on their transcripts), and a sound grasp of medieval and modern languages (for more information, see Language Requirements).

See our Admissions FAQ and the Graduate School for more information about the application process.

*Because testing may be difficult or impossible during the pandemic, the Medieval Institute will not require GRE scores for those applying for Fall 2021 admission.

Financial Support

Students in the Medieval Institute receive generous funding packages. Highlights include

  • Full tuition scholarship
  • A stipend for at least five years
  • Generous support for travel, research, and conference attendance
  • Significant subsidies for health care premiums
  • A research support fund

Some students may be awarded premier fellowships from the Graduate School. These fellowship are offered on a competitive basis and provide an increased stipend and other benefits. 

The cost of living in South Bend is also far lower than in most urban areas, yet the quality of life in the South Bend area benefits from the presence of a world-class research university.

Medieval Institute students receiving a stipend serve as teaching or research assistants in years two and three. Other assignments are possible. Students have no service obligation in years one, four, and five.

Our students are also competitive in applying for outside fellowships to study abroad for a year.

For more information on funding, consult the most current MI Graduate Handbook or visit the Graduate School website.