Funding Opportunities

Astronomical diagram featuring curved lines and numeric markings, circa 13th century. Part of the James Ford Bell Library Collection.

About Our Funding Opportunities

The Center for Premodern Studies provides a variety of funds to help students and faculty build skills and conduct research. Recipients rely on our many grants and fellowships to gain language skills, develop and produce course materials, and consult archives. Each semester, we host events in the form of lectures and workshops that allow scholars to showcase their Center-funded research.

Each year, we provide funding for five to six graduate students (who are beginning their dissertation research) to participate in a Dissertation Development Fellowship Program. The workshop helps doctoral students to launch their projects by encouraging them to think about their scholarship in comparative, premodern, global, and interdisciplinary ways. This award provides at least $5,000 in summer funding in collaboration with fellows’ departments.

Dissertation Development Fellowship Program applications for summer 2023 are now closed.

We fund approximately 10 research workshops each academic year. These faculty- and graduate student-led initiatives involve scholars at the University as well as partners at local, national, and international institutions. Research workshops address intellectual questions in global premodern studies. Activities range from reading groups and seminars to symposia and hands-on workshops. Research workshop awards include some administrative support and can range from $0-$2,500, depending on workshop needs.

Calls for research workshop proposals are posted annually on our News page in February. Applications are due in March 2023 for the projects running July 2023-May 2024.

Our Saltus Grants help graduate students expand or strengthen their work as scholars of premodern studies. Saltus Grants encourage students to take a leap toward a new skill or perspective in their scholarship or career. Saltus Grants contribute to professional goals and are complementary to research projects. Prioritizing new skills, platforms, and approaches, Saltus Grants fund opportunities beyond dissertation research and writing. 

We strongly encourage students to consult with us prior to submitting their application to determine if their proposed project is suitable for this grant. CPS provides a maximum of $3,000 to each grant awardee. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from other partners.

Saltus Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

We usually award 5–10 grants to graduate students conducting dissertation or pre-dissertation research in premodern studies. Two kinds of grants are available: Union Pacific Research Grants and Union Pacific Research Materials Grants.

Union Pacific Research Grant applications for awards starting in summer 2024 are due on March 13, 2024.

The McNally Graduate Fellowship fund demonstrates Sheila McNally’s support and commitment to medieval studies and her desire to foster graduate student research at the University of Minnesota. McNally was a distinguished faculty member in the Departments of Art History and Classical & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota for over 40 years. The fellowship supports summer research for graduate students in Ancient, Late Antique, and Medieval Studies. Up to $2,000 is available annually for fellowships at the $1,000 or $2,000 level.

McNally Fellowship applications are due on March 13, 2024. Review the McNally Fellowship guidelines and include a completed Application Cover Sheet as part of your application process.

Many CPS graduate students whose research addresses Europe and European studies apply and receive funding through the Hella Mears Fellowship, which is administered by the Center for German & European Studies. The Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship fund demonstrates Hella Mears's support and commitment to CGES and fostering graduate student research on a wide variety of German and European topics. Up to ten $6,000 fellowships of are offered annually. Applications for Summer 2024 Fellowships are due March 8, 2024 and should be submitted to

As a member of the Newberry Renaissance Consortium, CPS can support research and participation in Newberry and Folger Library programs. This support is provided in the form of reimbursement for travel and lodging. Requests for reimbursement are approved by CPS and fulfilled by the Newberry. We typically provide between $300-$400 per trip and up to $1,000 for participants in multi-session seminars. CPS faculty, students, and research affiliates are all eligible to request support. Contact Center Associate Director Lydia Garver ( for additional information about how to request and access funds.

We can provide financial support for faculty and students interested in participating in paleography and manuscript training at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. HMML rotates the courses that they provide, we recommend reviewing their list of programs.