Medieval Studies is pleased to announce three competitions for  2016-2017 academic year: the Travel Award for Medieval Studies Minors, the Rota Fortunae Essay Prize for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, and the Harold J. Kendis Fellowship for Incoming Ph. D. Students in English. Please see below for more details.

The Tabard Travel Award For Medieval Studies Minors

$1000 Scholarship toward a UM Study Abroad Course

Maymester 2017 and Summer terms 2017

Application due: Monday, March 6, 2017

Travel is essential for a medievalist at any stage of his or her career. Scholarship on the Middle Ages is not only interdisciplinary but also multicultural and multilingual.

Thanks to support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Medieval Studies minor is pleased to offer a scholarship ($1,000) toward one of UM’s Study Abroad courses in Maymester 2017 or any Summer term in 2017.

To be eligible for the prize, the student would:

  1. ) be officially enrolled as a medieval studies minor.
  2. ) need to be in good academic standing with the College of Liberal Arts.
  3. ) have least 6 credits toward the minor upon application for the scholarship. Alternatively, the student could be in the process of completing 9 credits toward the minor. (That is, if the student has 3 credits toward the minor at the end of Fall 2014, he or she would have to be enrolled in 6 credits’-worth of medieval courses in the Spring 2015 semester to be eligible for the scholarship).

How to apply:

  • Applications will be available on the Medieval Studies website by Thursday, December 1, 2016.
  • The essence of the application will be a 2-page essay in which the student explains the research, contact with artifacts and the built environment, use of primary sources, or attendance at performances to be undertaken while on the UM Study Abroad trip. Additionally, the applicant will explain how this “medieval travel” relates to the student’s medieval coursework and, more broadly, the field of medieval studies.
  • The UM Study Abroad course would not have to be on the approved list of medieval studies courses. In his or her application, however, the student would explain how he or she will include the medieval attraction in his or her UM Study Abroad itinerary.
  • To ensure that the student’s medieval research will not interfere with the UM Study Abroad course, the professor leading the Study Abroad must sign off on the student’s application.
  • By applying for the scholarship, the student acknowledges that he or she is responsible for submitting a brief report on the trip’s outcomes within 30 days of his or her return.

For more information, please email Dr. Mary Hayes.

The Rota Fortunae Prize for Best Medieval Essay

Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions

Due Monday, March 27, 2017

The minimum for the undergraduate essay is 6 pages, the graduate essay 10 pages.  There is no page maximum.  The prize for undergraduate students is $100, for graduate students $200.  To be eligible for the undergraduate prize, you must be registered as a Medieval Studies minor.

The winning essay in each category will:

  • have been written for a class at UM;
  • have a thesis that is clearly-stated, risky, and well-supported;
  • make effective use of primary and secondary sources;
  • communicate in clear and reader-friendly prose;
  • translate “foreign language” texts accurately (even Middle English, to demonstrate language skills);
  • draw on some aspect of the “Middle Ages.” What do we mean by that?
    • The Medieval Studies mission statement defines the period historically, from the fall of Rome (476) to the Protestant Reformation (1517).  We will, however, consider papers that go beyond this chronological span.
    • For example, a successful essay may examine an ancient trend that continued into the Middle Ages.  It may see medieval thinking in a Renaissance work (such as Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus).
    • It could consider how a later period consumed medieval texts (such as Renaissance editions of Chaucer).
    • Or it could address “medievalisms,” how the Middle Ages were invoked during the Victorian period (fascination with the Gothic style and Camelot) or our own fast-paced post-modern era (Medieval Times restaurant, video games, medieval films).
    • Although the “Middle Ages” is broadly defined, the winning essay will exhibit a formidable knowledge of the medieval culture(s) in question.

How to apply:

  • Send an e-copy of your paper to Dr. Mary Hayes by Monday, March 27, 2017.  This deadline is firm, as the committee needs to read essays from across campus.  Designate whether you are applying for the undergraduate or graduate prize.
  • Please put “Rota Fortunae” in the re: line.  You will receive e-confirmation back.  If you do not receive such confirmation, please re-send your essay to ensure that it has been received.
  • Include a cover sheet with your name and title of the essay.  Indicate on this cover sheet for which class, semester, and professor the paper was written.  Include the title of the essay somewhere on the first page of your essay or as a “header” throughout the essay.  Do not include your name on the essay proper.  Evaluations will be blind, that is, your evaluator will not know your identity.

Please email Dr. Mary Hayes for further information

Harold J. Kendis Fellowship for Incoming Graduate Students in English

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