Research Funding and Scholarships

The Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies offers research and travel awards to undergraduates. Awards may be used to present a paper at a scholarly conference, or to undertake research for the BA paper. The amount awarded may range from $250 to $500, depending upon the project proposed.

To apply for an award please submit the following materials to the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies:

  • Description of project and/or travel to be undertaken (max 2 pages single spaced)
  • Budget
  • CV

The deadline for 2016-17 academic year awards is January 15, 2017. The deadline for summer 2017 awards is May 15, 2017.

Other possible sources of funding are listed below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, please consult the University's FROGS website.

Nicholson Undergraduate Research Grants. See website for more information.

  • Funds research for students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and New Collegiate Divisions who are completing their degree between June 2017 and December 2018.
  • Deadline for Fall (2016) quarter: Thursday, November 17--5:00pm

Nicholson Undergraduate Travel Grants. See website for more information.

  • Funds B.A. Thesis research for students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and New Collegiate Divisions who are completing their degree between December 2017 and December 2018.
  • Deadline: TBA
    • PRISM Research Grant. See website for more information.

      • PRISM Research Grants offer undergraduate students the funding to develop independent academic research projects. Students must develop a research proposal, which stresses not only the personal interest of the student, but how the project is linked to their academic and career interests.
      • Currently enrolled first- through third-year undergraduate students (including International Students) with declared majors in the PRISM fields (Art History, Anthropology, Comparative Human Development, English Language and Literature, History Philosophy/Allied Fields, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology are eligible to apply.
      • TBA

      Beinecke Brothers Scholarship Program. See website for more information.

      • Support for fourth-year students who plan to attend graduate school
      • Continued support for the first two years of graduate study
      • Deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016 (Primer); Friday, January 6, 2017 (Campus Application); Sunday, February 19, 2017 (National)

      Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. See website for more information.

      • Financial aid fellowship for second years of African, Caribbean, African-American, Latino/a, or Native American backgrounds, as well as students who show a demonstrated commitment to increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding, who are interested in enabling others to better understand persons of different races and ethnicities
      • Includes the Summer Research Training Program (SRTP), which prepares current Mellon Mays Undergrdaute Fellows for graduate study and rigorous research
      • Deadline is first day of the start of spring quarter.

      Josephine de Karman Fellowship. See website for more information.

      • Provides a stipend to third-year students in the College
      • Special preference is given to those in humanities fields
      • Deadline: TBA.

      Travel Grants and Opportunities

      Research in France Travel Grants. The France Chicago Center has compiled a list of grant opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate studies here.

      Summer Archaeology Program, run by EIU in Wallonia, Belgium. The program centers on the excavation of Walhain Castle, near the Catholic University of Louvain. There are significant early modern (15th to 18th century) as well as medieval (12th-14th century) components to the site. Field trips introduce students to the larger cultural context, going back to Roman Belgica. Students earn four credits awarded as they prefer in either History or Earth Sciences (Honors students have special Honors credit). The course is open to all students in good standing; there are no prerequisites, and no previous background in archaeology is required. All work is done in English. Program website.