Student Grants

The Foulk Medieval Studies Scholarship

The Institute for Medieval Studies invites applications for the Foulk Medieval Studies Scholarship. The scholarship, which will be awarded in an amount up to $2,500, is intended to support an undergraduate or graduate student for any one of three purposes: to conduct a research project in the U.S. or abroad; to attend a summer study program in the U.S. or abroad; or to deliver a conference paper in the U.S. or abroad. One award will be made annually. The deadline for submitting applications for the 2022 award is February 20, 2022. To apply, please send application to IMS director, Dr. Justine Andrews at successful applicant will be notified by March 31. For full details, including application instructions, click here.

Graduate Student Prize

The Institute for Medieval Studies offers an annual prize for the best paper on a medieval topic written by a graduate student. The prizewinner presents the paper at the following year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies held on the campus of Western Michigan University, with all conference expenses covered, including travel, conference registration, accommodation, and refectory meals. The deadline for the submission of papers is August 5. All papers submitted must be suitable for 20-minute conference delivery. Papers will be judged by a committee of the Institute’s core faculty. The winner will be announced by August 31 each year.

Previous winners:

2021 - Leah Lam (History), "Pirates or Invaders: Carolingian Views on Military Conflicts"
2020 - Graham Abney (History), "The Catalan Atlas of 1375, Musa I of Mali (r. 1312–1337), and Late Medieval Expressions of Alterity" 
2019 - Sarah Fairbanks-Ukropen (History), “Monica’s Happy Marriage: Augustine’s Influence on Medieval Attitudes to Matrimony and Domestic Violence”
- Jessica Troy (English), “The Dual Bodies of Christ: Cross as Corpse in The Dream of the Rood
- Dalicia Raymond (English), “Marital Problems: Gender and Power in Chaucer’s The Franklin’s Tale
- Gerard Lavin (English), “‘Þe forme to þe fynisment foldez ful selden’: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Dynamics of Performance”
2015 - Kevin Jackson (English) "'Facie ad Faciem': Anglo- Saxon Interpretations of Biblical Theophany"
2014 - Natalie Latteri (History): "Sin, Suffering, and a Projection of Promiscuity in the Chronicle of Solomon Bar Samson"
2013 - Ann D’Orazio (English): “How to Read a Saint: Agatha and Interpretation”
2012 - Nicholas Schwartz (English): “Wulfstan and the Old English Boethius: A (Partial) Reconsideration of the Textual Transmission of the ‘Three Orders’ in Anglo-Saxon England”
2011 - Yulia Mikhailova (History): “Comparative Chronicles: Henry II of England and Sviatoslav of Kiev”
2010 - Donna Ray (History): “The Whirlpool and the Abyss: Hadewijch and the Holy Trinity”
2009 - Lisa Myers (English): “‘A Gest of Robin Hood’ and Its Position in the Development of the Robin Hood Legend”
2008 - Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen (English): “John Mitchell Kemble: From Broadswords to Beowulf
2007 - Katherine Thompson Newell (History): “Northmen, Narrative, and Legitimacy: Using the Viking Invasions to Construct Authority in France, ca. 850–1250”
2006 - Marisa Sikes (English): “Inviolable Corporeality: The Virgin Body as Christian Triumph in Hrotsvit’s Sapientia and Dulcitius
2005 - Sarah Baechle (English): “A Widow There Was: Mourning, Marriage, Medieval Law, and the Wife of Bath”
2004 - Lia Ross (History): “Personal Touches: Social Styles and Control at the Burgundian Court in the Chroniques of Georges Chastellain”
2003 - Kimberly Klimek (History): “Abelard: Signification and Intentionality”