McNally Graduate Fellowship 2021

Applications for Summer 2021 Now Open!

The McNally Graduate Fellowship fund demonstrates Sheila McNally’s support and commitment to the Center for Medieval Studies and her desire to foster graduate student research. The fellowship has been established to support summer research for graduate students in Medieval Studies.

Up to two $1,000 fellowships are available.

  • Fellowships for outstanding full-time graduate students minoring in Medieval Studies. The McNally Graduate Fellowship provides summer 2021 support in the amount of $1,000. 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
  • Applicants have not held an earlier McNally Fellowship Award

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 by the application deadline of February 19, 2021.

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