Fellowships and Awards

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Due date for all awards: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8 (by 5pm)

UNC’s Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be awarding three different kinds of fellowships and grants in our SPRING 2019 fellowships and awards competition. Applications for all awards are due on Friday February 8, and applications should be emailed to Jessica Wolfe (wolfej@unc.edu). Please note that we would like to receive each application as a single, continuously paginated PDF document, excepting letters of reference. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions concerning your fellowship application. – Jessica

You may apply for as many grants as you wish during each application cycle, but a maximum of one conference grant per student will be awarded during each fiscal year.

The three kinds of fellowships we are awarding this winter are:

  1. The Ryan-Headley Dissertation Fellowship
  2. MEMS Research Travel Grants (for travel between May 2019 and December 2019)
  3. MEMS Conference Travel Grants (for conferences taking place between 15 January 2019 and 15 July 2019)
  1. Ryan-Headley Dissertation Fellowship

John Headley taught in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1964 until his retirement in 2003. During those years, he established himself as a major scholar in several important areas of early modern history and became a friend and mentor to many colleagues and students.

To honor his friend and colleague Frank Ryan, Professor of American Intellectual History and to support high-quality research by aspiring young scholars, Professor Headley established the Ryan-Headley Dissertation Fellowship in 2008. MEMS awards this fellowship (approximately $9,000 for one semester without teaching responsibilities) every other year to support the work of a graduate student from any discipline who is in the final stages of writing a dissertation that has significant implications for the study of the medieval and/or early modern world. Applications are especially welcome from Ph.D. candidates working on intellectual history, subjects relating to the European Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and/or themes in premodern global studies. The winning candidate may hold the fellowship in fall 2019 or in spring 2020.

The application should contain:

  1. A cover letter including indicating the applicant’s name, department, year in the program, dissertation title, and name of principal advisor (if your referee is different from your advisor, please list their name too).
  2. An abstract (maximum 1,000 words) of your dissertation project, explaining its scope and significance for medieval and/or early modern studies more generally.
  3. A short (1-2 pages) select bibliography for your project.
  4. A list of any previous support from the UNC-CH MEMS program (with dates).
  5. Submitted separately, a letter of support from your advisor or other faculty member.

Materials should be emailed together (except for letter of support) combined in a single PDF file to wolfej@unc.edu.

  1. MEMS Research Travel Grants.

During the academic years 2018-20, thanks to continued support from the Senior Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities, the MEMS program will be able to offer small research grants for full-time graduate students. This round of applications is only for research travel that will be completed between May 1 and December 31 2019.

Applicants should provide:

  1. A cover letter including the applicant’s name, department, and the title of their research project
  2. A 1000-word research proposal, explaining the direction of their research and how the research travel fund will directly contribute to their research goals.
  3. A budget for the expenditure of the funds.
  4. A list of any previous support from the UNC-CH MEMS program (with dates).

Materials should be emailed together in PDF format to wolfej@unc.edu.

  1. MEMS Conference Travel Grants

During the academic years 2018-20, thanks to continued support from the Senior Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities, the MEMS program will be able to offer small grants for conference travel for full-time graduate students. This round of applications is only for conferences that have taken place, or will take place, between 15 January and 15 July 2019. Typical awards for domestic conferences will not exceed $500, while international conferences may be awarded larger grants. If you are attending a conference after 15 July 2019, you will be able to apply for funding in our fall 2019 application cycle.

Applicants should provide:

  1. A brief statement including your paper title, panel details, information about the conference you are attending and its relevance to your current research.
  2. A budget for the expenditure of the funds.
  3. The name of your advisor and contact information for her/him (no letter of support is needed).
  4. A list of any previous support from the UNC-CH MEMS program (with dates).

Materials should be emailed together in PDF format to wolfej@unc.edu.