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Haslam Dissertation Fellowship

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016-2017 Jimmy and Dee Haslam Dissertation Fellowship. The Marco Awards subcommittee considered several strong applications from students in two graduate departments. The fellowship has been awarded to James Stewart, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. James’s dissertation, “Middle English Romance and the Nobleman in Need,” argues that English romance poets, as they imagined ideals of nobility, expanded their conceptions of chivalry beyond a hero’s displays of exceptional prowess and looked as well to his ability to work with a retinue in order to show how medieval noblemen should exercise their power.

Information for Applicants for the 2017-2018 Fellowship

The Fellowship will be tenurable in the academic year 2017-2018, from August 1 to July 31, in the amount of $17,000, as well as fee waiver and benefits. The recipient will be an ABD graduate student working in a Marco field. The recipient will be expected to devote the full academic year to research on his or her doctoral dissertation, either in residence in Knoxville or on research-related travel approved by the recipient’s dissertation supervisor.

A dissertation abstract (up to and no more than 3 pages), curriculum vitae, research plan, and two letters of support, one from the dissertation supervisor, should be submitted electronically to Program Coordinator ( by February 15, 2017. The research plan should address precisely where in the process of researching and writing the dissertation the applicant is, the expected date of completion, and how the project fits into or challenges current scholarship in the field. Review of applications will be undertaken by the Institute’s standing Awards Committee and the results will be announced in March 2017.

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