Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellowship in Medieval Studies

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester is pleased to invite applications for the Helen Ann Robbins Fellowship in Medieval Studies. The fellowship was endowed by Helen Ann Mins and Rossell Hope Robbins to provide a period of research at the Rossell Hope Robbins Library for a woman completing a dissertation project in medieval studies. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of medieval studies. Past fellows have worked on medieval clothing, Jews in medieval England, the Arthurian legend, courtesy books and manners, female advice figures, manuscript unity, and translation and textual transmission.

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, and provide her own health care. She is expected to engage in the academic life of the University. Towards the end of her residency, she will be invited to give a lecture based on her research.

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 across the major disciplines of medieval studies, with particular strengths in manuscript studies, history of the book, history, literature, and medievalism. In keeping with the University of Rochester's Early Worlds Initiative, our focus is on developing and maintaining a collection that supports a global approach to the Middle Ages. We support a number of important scholarly projects: the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series (General Editor, Russell Peck); the Chaucer Bibliographies (General Editor, Thomas Hahn); The Camelot Project (General Editors, Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack), and The Lazarus Project (Director, Gregory Heyworth).


Eligibility: The Fellow must be an advanced graduate student (ABD) in good standing, who is engaged full-time in researching and writing the dissertation. She should have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year.

Stipend: $24,000

The next application round will open in Fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 Fellow.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit as one PDF the application sheet, current CV, and a project proposal of 750-1000 words describing your dissertation and outlining the appropriateness of the Robbins Library to your project to the Director of the Robbins Library, Dr. Anna Siebach-Larsen <annasiebachlarsen@rochester.edu>, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same by December 1.


Helen Ann Mins Robbins Fellows

2018/19 Julie K. Chamberlin (Indiana University, Bloomington)


Marjorie Harrington  (University of Notre Dame)


Lindsay Irvin  (University of Toronto)


Cynthia Rogers  (Indiana University, Bloomington)


Jess Fenn  (Columbia University)


Andrea Lankin  (University of California, Berkeley)


Misty Schieberle  (University of Notre Dame)


Cathryn Meyer  (University of Texas, Austin)


Juliet Sloger  (University of Rochester)


Miriamne Krummel  (Lehigh University)


Nicole Dentzien  (Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel)


Suzanne Craymer  (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

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