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Erik Kwakkel Summer Fellowship for Summer 2021

Application for the Erik Kwakkel Summer Fellowship Now Open!
February 3, 2021

This year we have a one-time summer fellowship opportunity of $700 for graduate students to cover summer expenses. Dr. Kwakkel, who gave the fall Sheppard Lecture for the Center for Medieval Studies devoted the funds that would have been used for his honorarium to support graduate students in Medieval Studies during these trying times of the pandemic. Students who apply for the McNally Grants will automatically also be considered for the Kwakkel fellowship. A student cannot receive both the McNally and the Kwakkel fellowship. Students who have previously received a McNally Fellowship are eligible to apply for the Kwakkel Fellowship. The criteria for the Kwakkel Fellowship are the same as for the McNally Fellowships:

  • Fellowships for outstanding full-time graduate students minoring in Medieval Studies. The Kwakkel Summer Fellowship provides summer 2021 support in the amount of $700. Funds should be used for *research support conducted between May 10, 2021 and August 31, 2021 (see the special guidelines for this Pandemic year 2021 below).     
  • Graduate Students working on topics that focus on aspects of Late Antique and Medieval Studies are welcome to apply.
  • Application deadline: Feb. 19, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts seeking a PhD who are minors in Medieval Studies
  • Applicants have demonstrated outstanding academic promise and potential in their fields and propose to write a dissertation contributing to fields related to Medieval Studies
  • Good academic standing
  • Willingness to share research results with an appropriate audience

Changes for 2020-21

Given the current travel difficulties and other constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proposing a one-time redefinition of these criteria so as to better target fellowship funds toward the needs of students at the current time. We will revisit these changes next year and decide then whether to continue them or return to the traditional practices.

For this funding cycle, please note the following funding priority guidelines.

  • Project proposals must present compelling research and well-thought out work plans. The focus of these awards is to support dissertation and pre-dissertation research.
  • Funding for research expenses is still the top priority. Possible examples include:
    • Expenses to access copies of archival materials
    • Expenses for childcare or general living expenses demonstrated to be necessary for completing research. Given the added strain many are facing in covering living costs and in finding childcare because of COVID, we will be considering these expenses this funding cycle. Students should articulate how covering living expenses and childcare will facilitate their research and specifically describe the research to be conducted.

To Apply:

Students should submit:

  • A completed Application Form
  • A brief narrative (1000-word max.) describing their project and summer research plans
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A budget including dates when the student plans to use the fellowship

All materials should be submitted to premod@umn.edu by the application deadline of February 19, 2021.