Saint Louis University

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies awards NEH Research Fellowships of five, ten, or fifteen-week duration to scholars who can make use of the rich and varied resources available at Saint Louis University. These include the Vatican Film Library as well as the manuscript, rare book, and general collections of Pius XII Library. The Vatican Film Library holds extensive portions of the Vatican Library’s Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on microfilm. In addition, it has one of the largest collections of microfilmed Jesuit historical documents from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

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Applicants must possess an earned doctorate or be a Ph.D.-candidate at the dissertation stage. Topics proposed for research may include any medieval or early modern subject in areas such as history, philosophy, theology, science, literature, paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing, scriptural and patristic studies, Roman and canon law, etc.  Scholars affiliated with Saint Louis University or who reside within commuting distance of the campus are not eligible.

Terms of Appointment

  • Stipend: $1,750.00 per five-week period
  • Reimbursement of all travel expenses to and from St Louis 
  • A fully furnished two-bedroom apartment (utilities included)

Since fellows are expected to devote themselves to their research, the only requirement of the fellowship is one public lecture on the topic of that research. Fellows are not permitted to teach courses during the tenure of their fellowship nor are they permitted to hold the NEH Research Fellowship and a Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship concurrently. Fellows are welcome to attend conferences or deliver lectures at other institutions during the tenure of their fellowship. 

Application Procedure

Applications should include a cover letter briefly describing the proposed project; the intended dates of research; a description of the project not to exceed five double-spaced pages; a description of manuscripts, documents, books, or other resources available at Saint Louis University that would be useful for the proposed research; and a current curriculum vitae.  Fellowships are usually awarded for one, two, or three five-week periods within the following schedule, although modifications are possible.

  • Fall Semester, 2017
    • August 21-September 22 (awarded)
    • September 25-October 27 (awarded)
    • October 30-December 1 (awarded)
  • Spring Semester, 2018
    • January 8-February 9 
    • February 12-March 16 
    • March 19-April 20

No formal deadline. Review of applications begins on April 1. Applications will be accepted until all time-periods are filled.  Applications should be sent to the Center at the address below.

For more information please contact:
Teresa Harvey, Administrative Assistant
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Saint Louis University
3800 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-7180