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Schallek Fellowship and Awards

The Medieval Academy, in collaboration with the Richard III Society-American Branch, offers a full-year fellowship and five graduate student awards in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The fellowship and awards are supported by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek.

The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The annual application deadline is 15 October.

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 Schallek 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.



Schallek Fellowship and Awards Lists

Schallek Fellowships

  • 2017 Dustin Neighly (Rutgers Univ.), ‘Nor from the Clamor of the Poor: The Common Law’s Influence on Villein Decision-Making Processes’
  • 2016 Esther Cuenca (History, Fordham University), “The Making of Borough Customary Law in Medieval Britain"
  • 2015 Samuel Rostad, Univ. of Notre Dame
    "Benedictine Popular Preaching in Late Medieval England c. 1350-1500"

  • 2014 William Rhodes, Univ. of Virginia
    "The Ecology of Reform: Land and Labor from Piers Plowman to Edmund Spenser."

  • 2013 Deirdre Carter, Florida State Univ.
    "Art, History and the Creation of Monastic Identity in Late Medieval St. Albans Abbey."

  • 2012 Kristi Bain, Northwestern Univ.
    "From Community Conflict to Collective Memory: Lived Religion and the Late Medieval Parish Church"

  • 2011 Marisa Libbon, Univ. of California - Berkeley
    "Cultural Nostalgia and the Production of Collective Identity in Medieval England"

  • 2010 Elizabeth Anne Keohane-Burbridge, Fordham University
    "A Re-Interpretation of the Power and Function of Late Medieval English Convocation"

  • 2009 Kathryn Vreeman, University of Notre Dame
    "Sende pis Booke Ageyne Hoome to Shirley: John Shirley and the Dissemination and Circulation of Manuscripts in Fifteenth-Century England"

  • 2008 Mary Raschko, University of North Carolina
    "Rendering the Word: Vernacular Accounts of the Parables in Late Medieval England”

  • 2007 James Bennett, The Ohio State University
    "St. Albans, Bury St. Edmunds, and the Evolution of the Later Medieval English Polity”

  • 2006 Katharine K. Olson, Harvard University
    "’Fire from Heaven': Understanding Popular Religion and Social Transformation in Wales ca. 1400-1600 in Comparative British Context"

  • 2005 Janelle A. Werner, University of North Carolina
    "’As long as their sin is privy’: Clerics and Concubines in Late Medieval England”


Schallek Awards: 2017 Awardees
The five Schallek Awards, given in collaboration with the Richard III Society - American Branch, support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

  • Alison Felix Harper (University of Rochester), “Comparative Religious Reading Practices in Two Late Medieval London Miscellanies”
  • Heather Para (University of Wales Trinity St. David), “The dispersal and use of Welsh monastic lands after Dissolution and its effects on the Welsh gentry”
  • Melissa Reynolds (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), "'Gentyll reader, ye shall understand': Practical books and the making of an English reading public, 1400–1560"
  • Spencer Strub (University of California, Berkeley), “Disciplining the Tongue: Speech and Emotion in Later Middle English Poetry”
  • Sarah Wilma Watson (University of Pennsylvania), “Women, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England”

Schallek Awards: 2016 Awardees

  • Helen Cushman (Harvard Univ.), “Producing Knowledge in the Middle English Cycle Plays”
  • Amanda Ewoldt (Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette), “Conversion and Crusade: The Image of the Saracen in Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century English Romance”
  • Danielle Nicole Griego (Univ. of Missouri – Columbia), “Child Death, Grief and the Community in High and Late Medieval England”
  • Zachary Stone   (Univ. of Virginia), “Cities of God: Devotional Polity and Metropolitan Literature in Later Medieval London”
  • Amanda Joan Wetmore (Univ. of Toronto), “Exegetical Erotics in Medieval English Devotional Literature”

Schallek Awards: 2015 Awardees

  • Taylor Joseph Aucoin (University of Bristol)
    "Shrovetide: Festival in Medieval and Early Modern Britain"

  • Gavin Fort (Northwestern University)
    "The Vicarious Middle Ages: Proxy Pilgrimage in Late-Medieval England, 1250-1550"

  • Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer (University of Kent)
    "Cardinal Kemp: The Last Lancastrian Statesman"

  • Lori Jones (University of Ottawa)
    "Changing Perceptions of the Origin (Geographical and Historical) of the Plague"

  • Sarah Elizabeth Wilson (Northwestern University)
    "Regenerative Mourning: Sorrow's Social Uses in Late Medieval England"

Schallek Awards: 2014 Awardees

  • Amy Eberlin (Univ. of St. Andrews)
    "Trade and Diplomacy between Scotland and Flanders, 1320-1513"

  • Rebecca Favorito (The Ohio State Univ.)
    "The Role of Ritual in Creating Political Culture: The Coronation and the Body Politic in Lancastrian England"

  • Joanna MacGugan (Univ. of Connecticut)
    "'Competing Authorities and Contested Spaces: Dying in Dublin in the Reign of Edward I"

  • Michelle Seiler (Univ. of Iowa)
    "The Formation of Legal Identities: Townspeople and the Law in Three Eastern English Royal Buroughs, 1341-ca. 1450"

  • Carla Maria Thomas (New York Univ.)
    "The Landscapes of Control in Early Medieval English Literature"

Schallek Awards: 2013 Awardees

  • Esther Liberman Cuenca (Fordham University)
    "The Making of Borough Customary Law in Medieval Britain"

  • Karrie Fuller (University of Notre Dame)
    "Reading Beyond the Borders: Visions of Christendom and the Shared Reception of Piers Plowman and The Book of Sir John Mandeville"

  • Cynthia Anne Rogers (Indiana University)
    "'Make thereof a game': The Lyrics of the Findern Manuscript and their Late Medieval Textual Community"

  • Kristin Uscinski (Fordham University)
    "Recipes for Women's Healthcare in Medieval England"

  • Hannah Zdansky (University of Notre Dame)
    "Romance Reconsidered: The Religious Significance of a Secular Genre in Late Medieval Britain"



Schallek Awards: 2012 Awardees

  • Paul Broyles (University of Virginia)
    "Remapping Insularity: Geographic Imagination in Medieval English Narratives of the Insular Past"

  • Anna Larsen (University of Notre Dame)
    "Visualizing the Divine: Text, Image, and Reader in Thirteenth-Century England"

  • Sophia Rochmes (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    "Shades of Gray: Dimensions of Medium and Materiality in Grisaille Manuscripts"

  • Samantha Segui (Fordham University)
    "Law, Order, and the Development of Urban Policing in Later Medieval England"

  • Elizaveta Strakhov (University of Pennsylvania)
    "Cultural Channels: Machaut, Chaucer, Froissart, and the Case of Pennsylvania MS French 15"


Schallek Awards: 2011 Awardees

  • Nicole Burt, Univ. of Alberta
    "Reconstruction of Diet and Growth in Juveniles for Medieval York using a New Method of Dentine Stable Isotope Analysis"

  • Betsy Chunko, Univ. of Virginia
    "The Worcester School of English Woodcarving and the Peasant Subject, ca. 1340 -1500"

  • Kristen Geaman, Univ. of Southern California
    "Power in the Uterus: Negotiating Royal Infertility in England, 1328 - 1471"

  • Carissa Harris, Northwestern Univ.
    "Pear-Trees, Podynges, and Pintels: The Poetics of Obscenity in Late Medieval British Manuscripts"

  • Sarah Kernan, Ohio State Univ.
    A study of the authorship and production of cookery texts in England and France, 1300 - 1600

Schallek Awards: 2010 Awardees

  • Daniel Franke, Univ. of Rochester
    "East Anglia at War: The Conduct and Impacts of the Hundred Years' War in the Reign of Edward III (1327-1377)"

  • John Garrison, Univ. of California, Davis
    "Enriching Friendship: Commerce, Competition, and Companionship in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature"

  • Jacquelyn Murdock, Northwestern Univ.
    "Late Medieval Scottish Literature and the Middle-Scots Language"

  • Sarah Raskin, Columbia Univ.
    "False Oaths: The Silent Alliance between the Church and Heretics in England, 1382-1558"

  • Sara Torres, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
    "Marvelous Generations: Genealogical Narratives and Romance in Late Medieval England, Portugal and Castile"

Schallek Awards: 2009 Awardees

  • Andrew Albin, Brandeis Univ.
    [untitled study of the Latin and Middle english works of Richard Rolle]

  • Charlotte Gray, Harvard Univ.
    " 'Unus reby et alter viridis': Liturgy and Architecture in Late Medieval Canterbury"

  • Morgan Kay, Fordham Univ.
    "The Manuscript Context of Medieval Welsh Prophecies"

  • Jenny Lee, Northwestern Univ.
    "Confession Auctoris: Authorial Confession and Art Poetica in Middle English Dream Visions"

  • Thomas Meacham, City Univ. of New York
    "Thomas Chaundler and the Performance of Patronage, Death, and Epistolary Practices in Late Medieval England"

Schallek Awards: 2008 Awardees

  • Sonja Drimmer, Columbia University
    "The Visual Language of Vernacular Manuscript Illumination: John Gower’s Confessio Amantis”

  • Donna E. Hobbs, University of Texas at Austin
    "Telling Tales out of School: Schoolboooks, Audiences, and the Production of Venacular Literature in the Late Middle Ages”

  • Mollie M. Madden, University of Minnesota
    "The Black Price at War: Late Medieval Military Logistics”

  • Rosemary O’Neill, University of Pennsylvania
    "Accounting for Salvation in Middle English Literature”

  • Matthew Sergi, University of California-Berkeley
    "Recreation and Festival in Chester’s Pageants, 1400-1577”

Schallek Awards: 2007 Awardees

  • Cynthia T. Camp, Cornell University
    "Embodying the Anglo-Saxons: Incorrupt Saints and Late Medieval Constructions of National Communities”

  • Alison T. Walker, University of California-Los Angeles
    "Henry V and Religious Orthodoxy”

  • Lora Walsh, Northwestern Univ.
    "Conflict and Community in the Personified Ecclesia: The Gender of the English Church 1350-1600

Schallek Awards: 2006 Awardees

  • Jessica Barr, Brown University
    "Revelation and Knowledge in Visionary and Dream Vision Literature of the Later Middle Ages”

  • James T. Bennett, Ohio State University
    "Urban Politics and Political Ideology on the Abbatial Estates of Bury St. Edmunds and St. Albans in the Later Middle Ages”

  • Elizabeth Harper, University of North Carolina
    "Gift-Giving, Economics, and Monetary Language in Late Medieval English Vernacular Writings”

  • Michael Johnston, Ohio State University
    "The Social Practice of Middle English Romance: Three Late Medieval Collectors”

  • Elizabeth A. Williamsen, Indiana University
    "Christian Representations of Islam and the Quest for Collective Identity in the Middle English Charlemagne Romances&rdquo

Schallek Awards: 2005 Awardees

  • Andreea D. Boboc, University of Michigan
    "English Trial Literature of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries”

  • Joshua R. Eyler, University of Connecticut
    "Conditioning the Soul: Spiritual Athleticism in Medieval English Theology and Literature”

  • Mary Flannery, University of Cambridge
    "The Relationship between John Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, Lydgate’s Source, and the Fall’s Descendants”

  • Alla Gaydukova, Rutgers University
    "Women and Property in Norfolk in the Reign of Edward III”

  • Jill C. Stevenson, City University of New York Graduate Center
    "Performance and Visual Piety in Medieval York”

Schallek Awards: 2004 Awardees

  • Rebecca A. Davis, University of Notre Dame
    "Piers Plowman and the Book of Nature”

  • Mary Hayes, University of Iowa
    "Still small voice: Silence in Medieval English Devotion and Literature”

  • Paul J. Patterson, University of Notre Dame
    "A Mirror to Devout People: A Critical Edition with Commentary”

  • Frederick J. Poling, Catholic University of America
    "Villagers in Court: The Hierarchies of Rural Life in Later Medieval England”

  • Kathryn Kelsey Staples, University of Minnesota
    "Daughters of London: Inheritance Practice in Late Medieval London”
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