Funding Outside of Cambridge

This page contains information regarding funding available outside of Cambridge. Some of the fellowships and prizes listed below are for use outside of Cambridge; others can be used at the University. This list will continue to expand throughout the coming year. If you are aware of a particular source of funding that you believe should be linked to from this page, please send us the web address via our Comments form (available from the menu above).

The University Reporter's Awards and Prizes issue has some information on funding bodies outside the University, but extensive browsing is required to uncover funding available for medievalists.

Medium Aevum Travel Bursaries
As part of its initiative to enhance support for scholars of medieval studies, Medium Aevum has established a competition for Travel Bursaries. The purpose of the Bursaries is to support relevant research by scholars at any stage of their career, with the intention being that the grants should assist those who are not in receipt of funding from other sources. Each round of Bursaries is awarded on the basis of a single open competition. The Bursaries are open to all scholars whose research falls within the interests of the Society, broadly defined; preference may be given in making a decision to those who are members of the Society. In 2011, there will be two rounds for applications, with the closing date being 10th March and 8th September. The value of any grant will be between three hundred and one thousand pounds.

There is no application form. Those wishing to make an application should provide:

-a statement of planned research (up to 1000 words)
-a full break-down of itinerary, anticipated costs and potential sources of funding
-a curriculum vitae, including a list of any publications and clarifying present status
-names of two referees, who may be approached by the Society

Applications should be e-mailed to to arrive by the relevant deadline. Successful applicants will be required to submit a report following the completion of their research trip, with accounts. The Society's support should be acknowledged prominently in any subsequent publication. For further particulars, see the society's web page.

Huntington Library Fellowships
The Huntington Library is located in San Marino, California, and has an impressive collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed material. If there is material at the Huntington that you wish to examine for the purposes of your dissertation or other work, you may wish to apply for either a Huntington Fellowship ($2,000 per month for 1-5 months) or a W.M. Keck Fellowship ($2,300 per month for 1-5 months). Other fellowships and grants are also available.

Medieval Academy Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
The Medieval Academy offers fellowships and grants for graduate students engaged in medieval studies. In order to be eligible for most of them, however, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and you must be a member of the Medieval Academy for a certain length of time before applying for funding.
The Rome Prize
The American Academy in Rome is a centre that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to 15 emerging artists (working in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, or Visual Arts) and 15 scholars (working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and early Modern, or Modern Italian Studies). The application deadline is November 1st. Rome Prize fellowships are designed for emerging artists and for scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers. In the case of scholars, preference will be given to applicants for whom research time in Italy, and especially in the city of Rome, is essential, and who have not had extensive prior experience there. The Academy also offers a variety of opportunities for advanced scholars and artists. These include endowed residencies in the same fields as those in which the Rome Prize is awarded and a program for visiting artists and scholars. You must be a US citizen in order to be eligible for the Rome Prize.

2004 Medieval Reading Group at the University of Cambridge

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