Awards & Fellowships

Graduate Student Researcher positions are awarded annually by the Center on a competitive basis and provide UCLA graduate students with much needed financial support, as well as an opportunity to work closely with CMRS faculty members. Such mentoring broadens the student’s appreciation of the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of medieval and Renaissance Studies. Research Assistantships also promote faculty research. Typically, a graduate student researcher works with a number of different professors, acquiring and reinforcing a wide range of skills.

CMRS Conference Travel Grants provide funding, in the form of travel reimbursement, for UCLA graduate students to attend conferences, symposia, or meetings of professional organizations to present their research or scholarly papers on any topic in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The number of travel grants awarded each year will depends on the amount of funding available, and the number and quality of the requests received.

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts support the use of UCLA Library Special Collections’ extensive holdings in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books. These include the Ahmanson-Murphy Aldine and Early Italian Printing Collections, the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Bourbon del Monte de San Faustino Family Papers, the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. Ahmanson Fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to utilize these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research.

The Fredi Chiappelli Memorial Fellowship is named in honor of former CMRS director Fredi Chiappelli and awarded to an outstanding UCLA graduate student whose research focuses on any aspect of Medieval and/or Renaissance Italian Studies. Applicants may be from any academic discipline. The Chiappelli Fellowship is offered when the endowment that supports the fellowship has generated sufficient funding for the award. Check back here in January to see if the fellowship will be available for the coming academic year. Gifts to the Fredi Chiappelli Memorial Fund, which supports the Fellowship, are welcomed at any time.

The George T. and Margaret W. Romani Fellowships help support graduate students at UCLA. Every other year, a CMRS Romani Fellowship of $20,000 will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student nominated by their academic department. Nominees must express a commitment to pursuing studies in some aspect of the Middle Ages or Renaissance, and must be studying under the mentorship of a faculty member who is an active member of CMRS. Funding for student fees, tuition, and other expenses must be provided by the recipient’s academic department or other sources.

The Lynn and Maude White Fellowship is awarded every other year to an outstanding UCLA graduate student specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Studies who has advanced to PhD candidacy. Established in 1988 and named for its donors, the Center’s founding director Professor Lynn White and his wife, the fellowship provides a $15,000 stipend to support dissertation research and travel.

View the list CMRS award and fellowship recipients.