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MEMS Summer Travel/Research Awards

Eligibility: Promising graduate students whose work would benefit from the opportunity for research-related travel or research skills or essential language training during the summer months. We invite applications from students in any area of medieval and early modern studies. You do not need to be officially participating in the Graduate Certificate Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies to apply, but enrollees in (or applicants to) the program are given preference.

Amount: Varies. Funds come from gifts from private donors and Rackham.

Schedule: The competition for these awards is announced early in the Winter term.

Diane Owen Hughes Scholarship

Established by Thomas and Ruth Green to honor the extraordinary contributions to premodern studies of Associate Professor Emerita of History Diane Owen Hughes. Her path-setting scholarship, teaching, and devoted and inspiring mentoring have benefitted beyond measure students at the University of Michigan.  

Eligibility: This Fund is limited to supporting graduate student research travel for work on medieval and early modern topics.

Amount: $1,000-$1,500
Schedule: Scholarship recipient(s) will be selected from among the general applicant pool for MEMS Summer Travel/Research Awards.

Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Eligibility: Tenure-track, nontenure-track, or emeritus faculty, clinical faculty, research scientists, and librarians are eligible to submit applications. Applicants are encouraged to include students in project plans, but the principal investigator must not be a student. Normally applications will not be accepted from individuals who received awards last year.

Awards: Funds may be requested from $500 to $10,000, depending on the scope of the project. Successful applicants will be expected to provide brief written reports on their projects in the October following the award year.

External Sources

Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library

Consortium grants for U-M Ann Arbor grad students and faculty to attend or present in workshops and seminars in Chicago or at the Folger Institute in Washington, DC. As of the 2023-2024 academic year, the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies has switched to a stipend system. (For the NCRS's required documentation to be submitted directly to them, submission procedures, and information about timelines and payment, please visit this page.) Note that ultimate approval of stipend requests continues to rest with MEMS; in order to facilitate a smooth and timely payout, we strongly encourage you to request pre-approval from the MEMS Director. For pre-approval, simply email the Director with your request and cc the MEMS administrator ( Your email should be supported by a detailed budget and documentation confirming your acceptance at an NCRS event.

The Medici Archive Project

Post-doctoral fellowships, paleography and archival training. 
For more information.

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies offers post-doctoral Fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder's choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars. The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, including those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships are valued at approximately $35,000 CDN.

Application forms and further details may be obtained from All application materials should be emailed or posted to:

Barbara North, Institute Secretary
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario

Tel: 416.926.7142
Fax: 416.926.7292

The Renaissance Society of America Fellowships

Model proposals and statistics about previous fellowship cycles available on the RSA Fellowships webpage provide additional information about the application process.

USF Ricci Institute Archival Fellowship

Location: California, United States
Fellowship Date: 2008-09-01
Date Submitted: 2008-07-07
Announcement ID: 163081

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim is pleased to invite applications for the "USF Ricci Institute Archival Fellowship." One fellowship of up to $6000.00 will be awarded to the successful candidate at the doctoral or post-doctoral level to promote research based upon the Ricci Institute's archival collections: the Rouleau Archives and the Philip Robinson Collection. The Rouleau Archives, originally part of the "Sino-Jesuit History Project, 1500-1800" were compiled as part of Fr. Rouleau's research on the Rites Controversy. The Philip Robinson Collection contains materials concerning Christianity in China, the Church's policies in Asia, rites and rituals in China, administration of mission activities in Asia, etc.

The appointed fellow will be required to: 

  1. Further catalogue the Institute's archival holdings. The fellow would be responsible for spending half his/her day in providing the RI with a much more detailed catalogue of the Rouleau holdings and doing his/her own research for the remainder of the day.
  2. Write a research paper based primarily upon these archival documents with his/her findings to be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Fellowship Term: Three month period ; Fellowship Amount: $6000.00

Selection Criteria: Doctoral candidate or post-doc in field of history or religious studies

Language(s): Reading ability in Latin & Portuguese (required), Italian, French, and/or Chinese (preferred.) Candidate should be familiar with the historical and theological language and issues of the period (c.1550-1800), Catholic institutions and the history of mission strategy. The ideal candidate will have China/Asia-related experience as well.

Application Process:

Please send all application materials to Melissa Dale.

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V. 
  • Research Proposal (600 word max.) that includes: an explanation of how
    the proposed research will:
    1. benefit from the use of the Ricci Institute's archival collection and
    2. contribute to the field.
  • Estimated Research budget
  • Names and contact information for two professional references

Applications must be received by September 1 to be considered for a fall award. If the fellowship is not filled for the fall semester, applications will continue to be accepted for the academic year until the fellowship is filled.

Melissa Dale, PhD
Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History 
University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim 
2130 Fulton St., LM 280 San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415.422.2230; Fax: 415.422.2291

Email:; Visit the website at

Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships

Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in its three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies), Pre-Columbian Studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Studies in Landscape Architecture.

Types of Fellowships:

Junior Fellowships: for students who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a Ph.D. (or appropriate final degree) and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university. In exceptional cases, applications may be accepted from students before they have fulfilled their preliminary requirements for graduation.

Fellowships: for scholars who hold a doctorate (or appropriate final degree) or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

Summer Fellowships: for scholars in the three areas of study at any level of advancement.

Additional information and application procedures.

or write to:

Office of the Director
Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Fax: 202.339.6419

Heckman Research Stipends - Hill Monastic Manuscript Library

Eligibility: Graduate students (those within three years of completing a terminal masters or doctoral degree) or post-doctoral scholars
Duration: Two weeks to six months
Amounts: Variable up to $2,000
Deadlines: Twice a year: April 15 for research conducted from July 1 -Dec 31; November 15 for research conducted from Jan 1-June 30.

Submit a letter of application, c.v., a one-page description of the research projected includeing proposed length of stay, an explanation of thow the Library's resources will enable you to advance your project, a confidential letter of recommendation from your advisor, thesis chair, mentor or, for post-doctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of your work.

Send to: 

The Committee on Research 
Hill Monastic Manuscript Library
Box 7300, Saint John's University
Collegevill, MN 56321-7300 

or to or fax 320.363.3222. Also visit the website