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 animal studies, manuscript studies and reading practices, translation and textual transmission, medieval clothing, Jews in medieval England, the Arthurian legend, courtesy books and manners, female advice figures, and more.


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 insurance. She is expected to engage in the academic life of the University. Toward the end of her residency, she will give a lecture on her research.


The Robbins Library has outstanding holdings across medieval studies, with particular strengths in manuscript studies, the history of the book, high and late medieval history, literary studies, and medievalism. In alignment with the University of Rochester's Early Worlds Initiative, our focus is on building and maintaining a global medieval studies collection. We sponsor and support a wide range of scholarly projects: the Middle English Text Series, the Camelot Project, and other digital projects. Together, the Robbins Library and the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation boast a growing collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts and print. The Sibley Library at the Eastman School of Music maintains an excellent manuscript collection, and the Miner Library offers an outstanding special collection dedicated to the history of medicine (beginning with the early modern period).


The University of Rochester boasts a vibrant community of medievalists and early modernists across disciplines and departments, including History, English, Art History, Music, and Religon and Classics, alongside a variety of working and reading groups, lectures, workshops, and other events. Rochester offers numerous resources and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and research, including the Digital Scholarship Lab, the Lazarus Project, Eastman School of Music, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT, R-CHIVE, and the Central New York Humanities Corridor, to name only a few.


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

Applications are open for the 2020-2021 Fellow.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit the following 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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