Since many of these prizes will be offered regularly, we will keep up the information for prizes with deadlines that have passed.

The American Academy in Rome’s Rome Prize Fellowship

Due: 1 November

The 2016 Rome Prize online application is available on the American Academy in Rome website at

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the 2016 Rome Prize.

For over a century, the Academy has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative work in the arts and humanities. Through a national juried competition, Rome Prizes are awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following disciplines:

Ancient Studies
Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and
fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning,
landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and
ecological studies, and geography)
Medieval Studies
Modern Italian Studies
Musical Composition
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video,
installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)
Ranging from six months to two years, the thirty fellowships include a
stipend, room and board, and individual workspace at the Academy’s
eleven-acre center in Rome.

Submissions due: NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Visit for guidelines.

The Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies

Due: 1 November

The Hagiography Society is pleased to invite applications for the Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Award for Hagiographical Studies. Named in honor of the beloved founder and long-time leader of the Society, the award provides $300 to be used toward travel to present at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.


Students enrolled in a graduate program (anywhere in the world) are eligible to apply if their paper, on a topic involving hagiography, has been accepted for inclusion in the program of the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, at the time of application. Preference may be given to Hagiography Society members.

For complete information on how to apply, please visit > Awards.


Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, Medieval Academy of America
Due: October 15 2015

The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1971, is awarded annually for a first article in the field of medieval studies judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. To be eligible, authors must have their permanent residence in North America. The eligibility of the article is determined by the publication year that appears in the journal or book where the article was published. Articles shall be submitted in the year following the publication year. For example, articles bearing a publication date of 2005 were submitted in 2006 for the prize given in 2007.

Articles, published in a scholarly journal, must be at least five pages in length and by a single author whose residence is in North America. Three hard copies of the article should be submitted, together with a statement by the author that it is his or her first article in the medieval field.


For instructions on how to submit, go here.

Postgraduate Student Essay Prize 2014, Gender and Medieval Studies Group
Due: 17 October 2014**

The group is pleased to announce an annual prize for the best student essay, to be awarded at the GMS conference in January each year. The competition is open to students at all levels, including those who will complete their degree in the coming year.
Essays should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words in length (including notes) and should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages. Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are strongly encouraged.
There will be a prize of £100 for the winning essay, along with free registration at the next GMS conference. A bursary towards UK travel costs may also be available. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the academic journal Medieval Feminist Forum, run by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS). There may be years when no prize is awarded, depending upon submissions in any given year.
Electronic submissions should be submitted to Isabel Davis ( by October 17th 2014.

Delaware Valley Medieval Association Prizes 

Due: 1 November 

The DVMA offers three funding opportunities every year to qualified students and non-tenure track faculty in the Delaware Valley region. To read more about these awards and grants and to see the winners of previous competitions, follow the links to the Travel Grant, Graduate Student Paper Prize, and Digital Project Prize.

Hakluyt Society Essay Prize
Due: 1 November 2014**

From 2015, the Hakluyt Society will award an annual essay prize (or more than one, if the judges so decide) of up to a total of £750. Winners will be invited to publish their essays in the online Journal of the Hakluyt Society ( if they wish to do so. The prize or prizes for 2015 will be presented at the Hakluyt Society’s Annual General Meeting in London in June 2015, where winners will be invited to attend as the Society’s guests; travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed. Winners will also receive a one-year membership of the Hakluyt Society.

Eligibility criteria: The competition is open to postdoctoral scholars of not more than two years’ standing on 31st December, 2014, and to undergraduate and graduate students registered as such on that date. Only one entry may be submitted per entrant per year.

Scope and subject matter: Essays submitted, which should be based on original research in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences, may be on any aspect of the history of travel, exploration and cultural encounter or their effects, in the tradition of the work of the Hakluyt Society. For a conspectus of the Society’s history, aims and publications, visit .

Essays should be in English (except for such citations in languages other than English as may appear in footnotes or endnotes) and between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length (including notes, excluding bibliography). Illustrations, diagrams and tables essential to the text fall outside the word count. Submissions should be unpublished, and not currently in press, in production or under review elsewhere. Authors may wish to consult the Society’s style sheet, which is also the Journal’s style sheet, at .

Submission procedures and deadline: Essays should be submitted as email attachments in Word.doc format to Dr Surekha Davies, Chair of the Essay Prize Committee, at and to Richard Bateman, Administrator of the Hakluyt Society, at by 1 November 2014. The entrant’s name, address (including preferred email address), institutional affiliation (if any, with date of admission), and degrees (if any, with dates of conferment) should appear within the body of the email, together with a note of the title of the submitted essay. The subject line of the email should include the words ‘HAKLUYT SOCIETY ESSAY PRIZE’ and the author’s name. By submitting an essay, an entrant certifies that it is the entrant’s own original work.

Selection procedure: The Prize Committee encourages innovative submissions that make an important contribution to knowledge, or a critical or methodological contribution to scholarship. The Committee and selected reviewers will pay attention to the analytical rigour, originality, wider significance, depth and scope of the work, as well as to style and presentation. The Prize Committee comprises selected academic faculty from among the Hakluyt Society’s Council.

The Prize Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if no submission is judged to be of sufficient merit. The Committee’s decision will be announced in April 2015. For further information regarding the Hakluyt Society, please visit

Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015

Due: 16 November, 2015**

The Dorothy Dunnett Society, in association with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Edinburgh, is pleased to announce that The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015, worth £1000, is now open.

Entries for the competition will be accepted from history students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. Essays may address any aspect of current historical research that meets the Society’s constitutional aim which is:

To advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 16th November 2015.

For more info go here.

Medium Ævum Essay Prize
Due: December 1st

The competition is run annually, with postgraduates [i.e. grad students] and those recently graduated with a higher degree invited to submit an essay on a topic that falls within the range of the interests of Medium Ævum in the medieval period (up to c. 1500). The prize is £250, with a further £250 offered to the winner to fund conference attendance. In addition, the winning article may be considered for publication in Medium Ævum, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

The deadline for submissions for the Essay Prize is 1st December of the year for which the prize is to be awarded. The rules of the competition are available as a pdf file. As you will see, it is a requirement to submit an entry with a completed cover sheet, which is also available, in Word doc format. Any queries can be directed to Executive Officer of the Society.

For more information go here.

2015 Foremother’s Prize for Graduate Students, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 1, 2015**

Funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of the Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazzo Karras, eds.), the grant provides $2,000 for a graduate student to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval feminist scholar whose guidance and association can assist her in developing and executing the project.

Such projects might include:

• Travel to a conference relevant to medieval feminist scholarship, for instance, the annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference in the U.K.
• Travel to visit archives, research libraries, museums, manuscript collections, or archeological or architectural sites
• Travel to conduct other forms of on-site research
• Development of a digital humanities project related to feminist research
• Organizing of a medieval feminist conference or colloquium
• Travel to allow sustained work with a mentor

SMFS is especially interested in assisting students whose projects are not otherwise funded. The winner must be willing to write a reflective report describing the outcome of the project that will appear on the SMFS public website.

Applicants should provide: a completed application form (to include existing funding sources and advisor signature), a 500-word description of the project including its scope and development, proposed timeline, and a potential budget.

The winner will be announced by February 15, 2015.  For more application info go here.

Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Awards, Bibliographical Society

Due 9 January, 2015**

The Society has received a generous bequest from the estate of the distinguished bibliographer Katharine F. Pantzer Jr and has established two research awards in her memory:

  • a Fellowship of up to £4,000, awarded occasionally
  • and a Scholarship of up to £1,500, to be awarded annually.

Applicants’ research for either of the Pantzer awards must be within the field of the bibliographical or book-historical study of the printed book in the hand-press period, that is up to c.1830. Applicants should be established scholars in the field but may be university-based or independent researchers.

The Pantzer Fellowship is intended to assist with both immediate research needs, such as microfilms or travelling expenses, and longer-term support, for example prolonged visits to libraries and archives. Applicants may use a part of the Fellowship money to pay for teaching cover.

General Guidelines for Applicants and the application forms for the Katherine F. Pantzer Jr Awards can be downloaded from the page for Application Procedure. The Pantzer Scholarship may be applied for as one of the named Major Grants.

Schallek Awards, Medieval Academy of America
Due: 15 February

The Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included. The annual application deadline is 15 February.

Applicants to both programs must be members of the Medieval Academy. Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy and who seek support to research and write Ph.D. dissertations on topics related to medieval Britain before 1350 or on any other medieval topic should apply to the Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant program.

For more information, go here.

Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant

Due: 15 February

Medieval Academy dissertation grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included.

All graduate students whose primary research focuses on an aspect of medieval studies are eligible but if your topic deals with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350 – 1500), you should apply for a Schallek Award. Applicants must have received approval from their dissertation committee for their projects by the application date.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy as of 15 January of the year in which they apply.

For more information go here.

International Center of Medieval Art Graduate Student Essay Prize

Due: ca. 1 March 2015**

2014 information:  The International Center of Medieval Art wishes to announce its annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA. The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research. The work must be original and should not have been published elsewhere. The winner will receive a prize of $400.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we are now be able to offer a second prize as well, of $200. The donor of this prize has suggested that “special consideration be given to those papers that incorporate some discussion of the interconnections among medieval science, technology, and art.” Although the prize will by no means be restricted to papers that address this theme, papers that do so will be given special attention by the selection committee.

Applicants are requested to submit an article-length paper (maximum 30 pages, not including footnotes) following the editorial guidelines of our journal Gesta. Each submission must also include a 250-word abstract written in English regardless of the language of the rest of the paper.

SAIMS/ TMJ Prize, The St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies and The Mediaeval Journal

Due: 31 March 2015** 

The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS at

Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies. For additional information about submission go here.

In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

Any queries concerning these rules may be directed to the Director of SAIMS who can be contacted at:
Department of Mediaeval History, 71 South Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9QW

Print Networks-Peter Isaac Essay Prize 2015

Due: 27 March 2015**

In honour of our founder, the late Professor Peter Isaac, Print Networks announces the next round of its biennial essay prize for the best essay in the field of the History of the Book Trade in the Anglophone world.

The Rules
• The essay can be on any aspect of the History of the Book Trade in the Anglophone world during the incunabula or print eras. Papers drawing on research in primary sources and critical, methodological or theoretical essays are welcome.
• Any student registered for a postgraduate degree (master’s or doctoral) is eligible to enter the competition. Early career scholars within three years of completion of their PhD are also eligible, as are independent scholars without a formal affiliation.
• The text of the essay (exclusive of references and bibliography) must be between 6000 and 8000 words.
• The essay must be submitted in English.
• The essay must not have been published elsewhere.
• An electronic copy of the essay (in Word format) must be submitted as an email attachment to Dr Catherine Armstrong, convenor of Print Networks by 27 March 2015.

The Decision
• The essays submitted will be assessed by at least three members of Print Networks’ committee (all of whom are active researchers in the field).
• Submissions will be judged in terms of their originality, depth, scope and rigour and the extent to which they make a new contribution to historical understanding, as well as qualities of style and presentation.
• The Print Networks committee reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
• The prize will be announced in early July via email, on the Print Networks website and will be awarded publicly at the Print Networks workshop.
• The prize will be £150 plus free entry to the Print Networks workshop to be held at Chetham’s Library, Manchester on Friday 24 July 2015.

Early Music America Awards; 

Due: April 3, 2015**

A variety of awards for study and performance of early music.  For more information go here.

 The Review of English Studies 2015 Essay Prize.

Due: 30 June 2015

The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present.

The winner will receive:
· Publication of the winning essay in the June 2016 issue of The Review of English Studies
· A cash prize of £250
· £250 worth of OUP books
· A free year’s subscription to The Review of English Studies

*How to enter*
Visit for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules.

Entries should be submitted through our online submission system. Go to to access the system and submit your paper.

*Further details*
For more information visit the RES Essay Prize webpage at

You can read past winning essays for FREE at

 The Michael Camille Essay Prize

Due: ca. July 2016

The Michael Camille Essay Prize is a biennial essay contest co-sponsored by postmedieval, Palgrave Macmillan, and the BABEL Working Group.

Launched in 2012, the prize is awarded for the best short essay (4,000-6,000 words) on a variable theme that brings the medieval and the modern into productive critical relation. The competition is open to early career researchers: those currently in M.A./Ph.D. programs or within 5 years of having received the Ph.D. Essays in all disciplines are encouraged.

More information can be found here.