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Schallek Award Instructions

Schallek Award Instructions

Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350 - 1500). 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.


Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy as of 15 January of the year in which they apply. Under the terms of the gift to the Richard III Society, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.


Applications must be received by 15 February.

Completed applications must include:

A PDF file with the following:

1) Describe your research project, rationale, methodology, and significance. What will you accomplish? Why is your project important? How will it contribute to medieval studies?

2) If the award will support research for a thesis or dissertation, briefly outline its chapters.

3) Detail research expenses for which you request financial support. If you must travel, explain why.

4) Describe previous funding you have received to support your research and how it was used. List other sources you will apply to for financial support.

Along with the completed application form, applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a graduate program professor discussing the merits of the dissertation project and the applicant's preparation to complete it successfully. The letter of recommendation may be submitted by mail or may be sent by email as a signed PDF on letterhead to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis ( If by mail, letters should be sent to the Academy office:

Schallek Award
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 its likelihood to contribute to medieval studies;

2) the cogency of the writing and organization of the project description;

3) the graduate professor's statement regarding the excellence of the project and the applicant's preparation to complete the dissertation;

4) the applicant’s demonstrated need for the grant to complete the dissertation successfully.

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