Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship

Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship

Helen Ann Mins Robbins and Rossell Hope Robbins established a fellowship to provide a period of research at the Rossell Hope Robbins Library for a woman working on a dissertation in medieval studies. The fellowship is granted every other year.
The award for the 2014-2015 academic year is $20,000.

We will be accepting applications until April 1, 2014.

The Robbins Library is an active center for scholarship. It supports a number of important scholarly projects: the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series (General Editor, Russell Peck); the Chaucer Bibliographies (General Editor, Thomas Hahn); and The Camelot Project (General Editors, Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack).

The recipient of the fellowship must be working on a dissertation and using the resources of the Robbins Library during the year of the award. Past fellows have worked on medieval clothing, Jews in medieval England, the Arthurian legend, courtesy books and manners, female advice figures, and manuscript unity.

The ability of the Robbins Library to support research in the area of the dissertation will be a factor in choosing the recipient of the fellowship. The Robbins Library has outstanding holdings in medieval English literature--including but not limited to Chaucer, the Middle English lyric, medieval romance, and general Old and Middle English literature--and has considerable holdings in medieval British history and culture and in the relations between England and France in the Middle Ages.

The recipient must be in residence in Rochester and making use of the Robbins Library for the academic year (up to twelve months). She must provide for her own living and travel expenses from the award.

The recipient is is expected to engage in the academic life of the University (by attending relevant lectures, etc.). Towards the end of her residency, she is required to give a lecture based on her research.

Applications must include: (1) the completed Application for the Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship; (2) a vita (listing graduate courses taken, and publications and presentations, if relevant); (3) a narrative of 750-1000 words describing your dissertation, outlining the appropriateness of the Robbins Library to the work you are doing, and adding any other observations you have--including comment on the benefit of the period of research free of other obligations that the fellowship would allow; (4) a letter of support from the director of the dissertation and one other graduate faculty member--to arrive before the application deadline.

Send queries and applications, by April 1, 2014, to:


Alan Lupack, Director
The Rossell Hope Robbins Library
Rush Rhees 416
The University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0055


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