Support for Medieval Studies

This page is under construction. The intention of this is to assist members of the Society and the medievalist community more widely in securing support for their research. If you know of other grants or support available, please contact the Society so the information can be added here.

In the first instance, medievalists will want to be aware of the support available from the Society itself. We presently offer:

  • Travel Bursaries, with two rounds of funding each year
  • Sponsorship for Conferences
  • Small Grants to support research, for details of which contact the Society
  • The Annual Medium Ævum Essay Prize, the deadline for which is 1st December each year.
  • The following grants and fellowships have been drawn to the Society's attention which are of particular relevance to medievalists. The listing is alphabetical.

  • British Academy's Neil Ker Memorial Fund: This Fund was established by the family and friends of Neil R. Ker, FBA, to promote the study of western medieval manuscripts, in particular those of British interest, by making grants in aid of research costs, including travel and publication. It is administered by the British Academy. Applications are invited from scholars of any nationality, engaged in original research intended for publication. Applicants should hold a doctorate in a relevant field or have comparable experience. Applications are not accepted from postgraduate students. Grants will only be awarded in support of research that advances understanding of manuscripts as such or their use in the middle ages. If the intended publication takes the form of an edition of a text or a study of documents, texts, or illustrations, the awarding committee will pay particular attention to the focus on manuscripts. Grants are not available to fund attendance at conferences or seminars. In general awards do not exceed £2,000. Awards are normally tenable for up to 12 months. In line with Academy policy, applications should demonstrate that funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the funded component of the project.
  • The Dallas Foundation's Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship, intended for women medievalists to assist with completion of a project, with a single award made each year of $10,000. The eligibilty guidelines advise: applicants must be women who hold a Ph.D. in any area of medieval studies and who are full-time faculty in an academic department in the U.S. Preference will be given to candidates who are “caught in the middle” in the promotion ladder. The deadline for applications is the end of January.
  • The Eugene Vinaver Trust which, in association with the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society and under the terms of the Barron Bequest, offers a number of annual awards for postgraduate research in any field of Arthurian Studies
  • the Leeds International Medieval Congress offers some bursaries to assist with attendance at IMC. The Bursary Fund is available to delegates from Central and Eastern Europe, students, independent scholars, pensioners, and unwaged scholars; the annual deadline is 15th October for the following year's IMC.
  • the Istituto storico italiano per il medio evo offers certain 'borse di studio', with the deadline for applications being in early February
  • Lynne Grundy Memorial Trust, which provides small grants to scholars and students (who do not already have a permanent full-time academic post or adequate funding) in the disciplines of Old English/ Anglo-Saxon or Humanities Computing
  • Marc Fitch Fund, which 'offers awards to individuals and organisations for research and publication in the fields of archaeology, historical geography, history of art and architecture, heraldry and genealogy, surnames, catalogues of and use of archives, conservation of artefacts, and other antiquarian, archaeological or historical studies. The Fund's focus is on the regional and local history of the British Isles'
  • The Medieval Academy of America provides travel grants, available to its members who are independent scholars or presently unaffiliated
  • The Philological Society, whose chronological span stretches beyond but incorporates the Middle Ages, announced in early 2012 a Masters bursary scheme 'to support individuals wishing to undertake study in linguistics / philology at Masters level' to the value of £4,000, the deadline for applications being the end of April
  • The Renaissance Society of America offers research grants of $3,000 on an annual basis. These grants are open only to their Society's members
  • Richard III Society, which provides a range of bursaries, most notably in association with the Institute of Historical Research, London
  • St Andrews University has its Donald Bullough Fellowship, a semester-long research position 'open to any academic in a permanent university post with research interests in mediaeval history', for which the closing date each year is late March
  • the Scottish Society of Antiquaries offers grants 'towards the costs of all aspects of archaeological and historical research relating to Scotland', with the annual deadline being 30th November
  • Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL) awards, in conjunction with the ZKS Foundation, the Claudio Leonardi Fellowship in Medieval Latin Studies; in addition, it awards the Premio Violetta de Angelis for unpublished work in the field of Medieval Latin
  • the Society of Antiquaries (of London) 'welcomes applications for funds for the support of archaeological, documentary and antiquarian research within its fields of interest'; grants are awarded annually with the deadline each year being 15th January
  • Society for Medieval Archaeology, which runs three award schemes open to members of its Society
  • Society for Renaissance Studies may be at the chronological end of our period, but it takes a broad defintion of the Renaissance, meaning that those with late medieval interests may be eligible to apply for its conference grants or fellowships
  • Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland now provide conference grants to support graduate attendance at relevant events, with an annual deadline for applications of mid-March
  • Vatican Film Library, not the cinematic collection of the Holy See but the collection of microfilms of manuscripts from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana at St Louis University, Missouri, with fellowships available kindly administered by the Knights of Columbus
  • Vercelli Library Research Grants, provided by Vercelli's Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo
  • Viking Society for Northern Research, the declared aim of which is 'to assist in the development of the study of the literature, history, language, archaeology of early and medieval Scandinavia (including its relationship with other areas and cultures)'
  • the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation provides several relevant grants: the SAGG Awards in German Medieval Literature, the Walter Haug Stipend in Medieval German and the Claudio Leonardi Stipend in Medieval Latin (the last of these in conjunction with SISMEL)
  • Last updated 13th March 2014.

    Quentin Massys Moneychanger
    Detail from Quentin Massys, The Moneychanger and His Wife, 1514 (Paris, Louvre).