The University of Wisconsin has a committed community of faculty and graduate students undertaking scholarly research in medieval fields. We gather regularly to discuss our own work as well as to host visiting lectures and conferences. The Program in Medieval Studies draws faculty from many departments and programs: African Languages, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Folklore, French and Italian, German, History, History of Science, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Linguistics, Medical History, Music, Religious Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's Studies.
The Medieval Studies Program is not a degree-granting department; those wishing to pursue a MA or PhD degree in a medieval topic are encouraged to apply directly to the most relevant department.
Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin have many opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. They can also acquire solid training in a variety of philological and linguistic skills as well as theoretical approaches necessary for work within the field.
While we do not offer an MA or a PhD specifically in Medieval Studies, interested students can pursue either a Certificate in Medieval Studies or a Distributed Minor in Medieval Studies. These credentials attest a variety of coursework and an interdisciplinary approach to the field that is useful for those seeking academic positions.
Moreover, the Program in Medieval Studies supports the research needs of its graduate students in a variety of ways.
The Lemoine-Midelfort Fellowship was established several years ago as a memorial to Professor Fannie Lemoine (Classics and Comparative Literature). One award is made annually. The fellowship is intended to assist a dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with travel or other expenses that will allow significant advancement towards completion of the dissertation on a medieval topic.
Additional research support for graduate students is provided through several other avenues including:
Newberry Library Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Vilas Conference Presentation Funds
Vilas Research Travel Grants