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For the 2024-25 academic cycle, UNC’s Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is pleased to open the competition for the Gilman Research and Travel Grants.

The Gilman Research and Travel Grant program was established in 2008 through a generous bequest by Dr. Donald Gilman. (More information about the Gilman Grants is available here.) These grants, which typically provide support of up to $2,000, offer financial assistance to a UNC graduate student who wishes to travel to a primary source archive or to a specific location for research purposes. Any graduate student at UNC working in premodern studies, broadly defined, is eligible for a Gilman Grant.

To apply, please download the application form here. Once you’ve filled it out, please submit it along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae to, cc-ing Dr. Taylor Cowdery ( As well, please arrange for your advisor to submit a letter of recommendation, under separate cover, to, again cc-ing Dr. Taylor Cowdery ( Please note that this letter need not be tailored to MEMS or the Gilman Grant competition; it can be the same as any letter an advisor would submit for a fellowship or entry-level academic job.

Please note that the due date for all Gilman Grant applications is March 15 2024. Please note as well that grants awarded in the 2024-25 cycle are for funds that must be spent between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025.

All applications for the 2024-25 Gilman Grants will be evaluated by the MEMS Advisory Board, and awards will be decided upon by majority vote. Please note that the Board cannot consider incomplete applications.