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Awards and Fellowships

CMRS offers a number of fellowships and grants to UCLA graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and CMRS faculty providing financial support for their academic and/ or research activities.

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts support the use of the medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and, the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to utilize these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research.

The Fredi Chiappelli Memorial Fellowship for 2015-16, named in honor of former CMRS director Professor Fredi Chiappelli, will be awarded to an outstanding UCLA graduate student whose research work focuses on any aspect of Medieval and/or Renaissance Italian Studies. Applicants may be from any academic discipline. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend. Student tuition and fees are not included.

CMRS Travel Grants provide funding, in the form of travel reimbursement, for UCLA graduate students to attend conferences, symposia, or meetings of professional organizations to present their research or scholarly papers on any topic in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The number of travel grants awarded each year will depends on the amount of funding available, and the number and quality of the requests received.

The George T. and Margaret W. Romani Fellowships help support graduate students at UCLA. Every other year, a CMRS Romani Fellowship of $20,000 will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student nominated by their academic department. Nominees must express a commitment to pursuing studies in some aspect of the Middle Ages or Renaissance, and must be studying under the mentorship of a faculty member who is an active member of CMRS. Funding for student fees, tuition, and other expenses must be provided by the recipient’s academic department or other sources.

The Lynn and Maude White Fellowship is awarded every other year to an outstanding UCLA graduate student specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Studies who has advanced to PhD candidacy. Established in 1988 and named for its donors, the Center's founding director Professor Lynn White and his wife, the fellowship provides a $15,000 stipend to support dissertation research and travel.

Research Assistantships awarded annually by the Center on a competitive basis provide UCLA graduate students with much needed financial support, as well as an opportunity to work closely with CMRS faculty members. Such mentoring broadens the student's appreciation of the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Research Assistantships also promote faculty research. Typically, a student researcher works with a number of different professors, acquiring and reinforcing a wide range of skills.

French 15th century Book of Hours from Rouse Manuscript Collection.
Simon Vostre (fl. 1486-1518) printed and published in Paris at the sign of St. John the Evangelist on the rue Neuve Notre Dame, the “new street” leading to the great cathedral cut through in 1164 by Maurice de Sully, bishop of Paris, who began the cathedral's construction. The rue Neuve served as the center of the commercial book trade from its beginnings through the appearance of print. Simon's wife Geneviève le Pelletier came from a family which is recorded in the Paris book trade since 1368, and Vostre's shop on the rue Neuve had belonged to her book-binder father Jean le Pelletier. This leaf bearing Vostre's printer's device comes from a Book of Hours printed on parchment and hand-colored for Vostre in 1496 by Philippe Pigouchet on the rue de la Harpe. It reflects the continuity of Parisian book production from script to print, and the close family and neighborhood networks which formed the dynamics of the trade.
R.H. & M.A. Rouse Pr.L.9

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