Union Pacific Fellows

Because of the generous support from the Union Pacific Corporation, the Center is able to offer several research and copying grants to early modern studies minors each year to support a wide variety of research projects. Below are recent recipients of these grants.

Scroll down for more information on how to apply for next year's Union Pacific Fellowships (due March 20).

Our current fellows:

Hannah Wiepke (Art History)- "Cut & Paste: An Attempt to Construct Johannes Remmelin's 1754 Flap Anatomy Restrike"

Benjamin Hansen (History)- “Palestinian Hagiography from the Sixth-Ninth Centuries: Social History in Religious Discourse”

Fikri Cicek (History)- “A Circulation of Iatrochemistry from Renaissance Italy to the Ottoman Provincial World in the Age of Noblewomen as Healers”

Moinak Choudhury (English)- "Reasonable Enlightenment: Joseph Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Publishing"

Adam Fix (HSTM)- "Music and Acoustics at the Royal Society, 1660–1700"

Luke Freeman (History)- “Bernard Picart (1673-1733): Drawing, Painting, and the Elevation of Engraving.”

Alexander Greff (HSTM)- "Is This Going to Hurt? Reconstructing Medieval Martial Medical Practices"

Elizabeth Howard (English)- “Exploring Re-creating as Recreating: Aesthetic Authority, Play and the Nineteenth-Century Scrapbook"

Alexander Korte (Spanish & Portuguese)- “Literary Legacies of Nordic Piracy in Premodern Iberia”

Katherine Piperont (History)- "Stayin' Alive in the Archive"

Emma Snowden (History)- "Muslim and Christian Apocalyptic Histories in Ninth-Century Iberia."

Sultan Toprak Oker (History)- "The World of Taverns in Seventeenth Century Ottoman Galata"

Katherine Tuley (History)- "The Sultan's Web:  Modeling 13th c. Mamlūk-Christian Treaties as Social Networks"

Javier Zapata Claveria (Spanish & Portuguese)- "The role of the Society of Jesus during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592–1598)"

Call for Applications (CLOSED)

2021 Union Pacific Dissertation Research and Research Services Grant

Applications due March 12, 2021 to premod@umn.edu

Learn more about the grant.


Proposals should be related to dissertation or pre-dissertation research but applicants may be at any stage of their graduate school career. Proposals must be for research in a time period that can be considered premodern. This opportunity is open to work in any discipline and concerning any geographic region. Priority consideration is given to:

  • Early Modern Studies or Medieval Studies minors

  • Recent ABDs conducting dissertation research or applicants doing pre-dissertation research

  • First-time applicants, and those who have been less funded in the past, although previous grant holders may apply for grants in every year that they are eligible