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John Hurt Fisher Memorial Literature Prize

Saint Bernard and Titivillus, the literary demon (Tours BM – MS. 2104, fol. 149)

This fellowship, first offered in the 2017-18 academic year, is open to ABD graduate students writing dissertations on a medieval or Renaissance topic in the departments of English or Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. The prize provides a 9-month stipend of $17,000, tenurable in the academic year 2017-18, intended to support the completion of a Ph.D. dissertation. Successful candidates will receive at a minimum a one-course teaching release each semester.

Current and Past Recipients


Kendra Slayton (English), “For commune profit sith it may availle: Women, Circumscription, and the Common Good in Chaucer.”

Information for Applicants for the 2018-2019 Fellowship

A dissertation abstract (no more than 3 pages), curriculum vitae, research plan (no more than 1,200 words), and two letters of support, one from the dissertation supervisor, should be submitted electronically to Program Coordinator ( by February 15, 2018. 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 2018.