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Birgit Baldwin Fellowship Instructions


The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France.


Applicants must be graduate students whose dissertation proposals have been approved by their dissertation committees. They must be members of the Medieval Academy as of 15 September of the year in which they apply. In accordance with the terms of the gift, applicants must be graduate students studying at a North American university.

Application deadline

The fellowship competition is held every two years as of 2004.

Application instructions

Please upload a PDF file explaining what part of your dissertation research and/or writing you expect to accomplish during the tenure of your fellowship.

In an essay of not more than 1000 words:
1) Explain how your dissertation research requires study in France. Detail where you propose to live and work in France.

2) Describe previous funding you have received to support your dissertation research and how it was used. Explain the need for the Baldwin fellowship to complete the dissertation successfully.

Please ensure that a letter of recommendation from your dissertation director and a second graduate professor reaches the Medieval Academy by 15 November.

Recommendation letters should be mailed to:

Baldwin Fellowship
Medieval Academy
17 Dunster St., Suite 202
Cambridge, MA 02138.

Late applications or applications that do not follow these instructions cannot be considered.


Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

1. The originality of the dissertation project, the clarity of its methodology, and the significance of the subject to be studied for understanding French medieval history.

2. The cogency of the writing and organization of the dissertation proposal.

3. The letters of recommendation from the dissertation director and graduate professor regarding the excellence of the project and the applicant's preparation to complete the project.

4. The applicant's need to work in France and the feasibility of accomplishing the project's objectives.

Click here to apply.

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