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Graduate Students

Graduate students comprise almost a quarter of the membership of the Medieval Academy. They are an integral part of the organization and many of the MAA’s programs are aimed at assisting graduate students through funding for summer programs and dissertation completion.

Graduate Student Group

To receive the GSC News and other information particularly aimed at graduate students, MAA graduate student members should join the Graduate Student Group. Group features include a comprehensive calendar of upcoming CFPs, conferences and other events; multiple discussion forums for everything from grant writing and job interview advice to housing arrangements and research abroad tips; as well as an internal message interface and chat system for group members.

Graduate Student Committee (GSC)

To serve the graduate students effectively, the MAA established an ad hoc Graduate Student Committee in 2011. In 2008 the GSC became a standing committee of the MAA. Further information on the GSC, including current members, can be found here.

GSC Self-Nominations

All graduate student members of the Academy are invited and encouraged to apply to serve as members of the Graduate Student Committee (two vacancies serving two-year terms, beginning at the close of the Annual Meeting). This opportunity is open to all graduate students worldwide who are members of the Medieval Academy and have at least two years remaining in their programs of study. If you are interested:

1) Fill out the nomination form found here.

2) At the end of the form, use the link to upload a brief CV (2 pages maximum); 

3) Ask your faculty adviser to submit a recommendation letter by mail or email attachment (PDF on letterhead with signature) to the Executive Director.

These steps must be completed by 15 December. The new committee members will be selected by the Academy's Committee on Committees in consultation with the current members of the GSC and confirmed by the Academy Council at the Annual Meeting.

Fellowships and Awards

The MAA offers support to graduate students through several award programs, which currently offer over $100,000 annually:

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship

Schallek Fellowship and Awards

Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants

CARA Tuition Scholarships

Meetings

The GSC sponsors sessions at the MAA’s Annual Meeting, the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) Conference.

The GSC also sponsors social events at these meetings including a Pub Night at the MAA’s Annual Meeting and receptions at Kalamazoo and Leeds.

Mentorship Program

The mentorship program, organized and administered by the GSC, takes place in conjunction with several meetings, including the MAA Annual Meeting, Kalamazoo and Leeds. Students and scholars sign up for the program and the organizers pair individual students and scholars according to discipline and, where possible, specialization. These exchanges are intended as a form of dissertation and career advising. To participate in the mentorship program as a graduate student or a mentor please complete the form here.

Med-Grad Listserv

Sponsored by the Academy's Graduate Student Committee and maintained with the help and support of the University of Pennsylvania, this list provides medievalist graduate students a space to easily exchange information about upcoming conferences, job opportunities, language programs, research plans, departmental and university policies and procedures, and any other matters that might be relevant. The list is open to general posting and is regularly monitored and moderated by GSC committee members Rachel Gibson and Christopher Riedel.

To join, please visit https://groups.sas.upenn.edu/mailman/listinfo/med-grad and fill in the required information. This page can also be used to unsubscribe or to manage your account. Messages to the list should be sent to med-grad@groups.sas.upenn.edu. If you have any difficulties subscribing or posting messages to the list, please contact Christopher Riedel at riedelc@bc.edu or the GSC at gsc@themedievalacademy.org.

Finally, new members are strongly encouraged to introduce themselves to the rest of the list. Let us know who you are, where you are, and what you're working on. Nothing fancy is necessary -- a few sentences at most, unless you're feeling verbose.

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