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Awards and Fellowships
The CMRS offers a number fellowships and grants to UCLA graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and CMRS faculty providing financial support for their academic and/ or research activities.
Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts support the use of the medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini 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. 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.
CMRS 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.
The George T. and Margaret W. Romani Fellowships help support graduate students at UCLA. Each year, one or two CMRS Romani Fellowships of $20,000 will be awarded to students nominated by their academic departments. 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.
CMRS offers small Interdisciplinary Research Grants to teams of UCLA faculty members and/or graduate students representing at least two different academic disciplines for interdisciplinary projects in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. These grants encourage faculty and students from different departments and interdepartmental programs to work together on interdisciplinary projects. Grants awarded to each team are typically $2,000 or less; the total number of grants awarded in each calendar year depends on the quality and quantity of proposals submitted and the funds available.
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.
Research Assistantships awarded annually by the Center on a competitive basis 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 student researcher works with a number of different professors, acquiring and reinforcing a wide range of skills.
Summer Fellowships are available to scholars who hold a PhD (or the foreign equivalent). Scholars may apply for an affiliation with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies as CMRS Summer Fellows in order to pursue research at UCLA in any aspect of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The fellowship includes $500 (as travel reimbursement or stipend) and temporary membership in the Center.