Foremothers Fellowship

Initially funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of the Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras, eds.), the grant provides $2,000 for a current doctoral candidate (at the time of the proposed project) to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval scholar whose guidance and association can assist the student in developing and executing the project.

Such projects might include:

  • Travel to a conference relevant to medieval feminist scholarship, for instance, the annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference in the U.K.
  • Travel to visit archives, research libraries, museums, manuscript collections, or archaeological or architectural sites
  • Travel to conduct other forms of on-site research
  • Development of a digital humanities project related to feminist research
  • Organizing of a medieval feminist conference or colloquium
  • Travel to allow sustained work with a mentor

SMFS is especially interested in assisting students who have demonstrated a financial need and whose projects are not otherwise funded. The winner must be willing to write a reflective report describing the outcome of the project that will appear on the SMFS public website.

The deadline for each annual round of applications is usually towards the middle of September. See the website homepage for details.

Donations towards the Foremothers Fellowship are always welcome:


Application Form


2018 Vanessa Wright, University of Leeds
“Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages”

2017 Emily Shartrand, University of Delaware
Sexual Warfare in the Margins of Two Thirteenth-Century Franco Flemish Arthurian Romance Manuscripts

2016 Jenny C. Bledsoe, Emory University
“Vernacular Religious Literature and Material Culture in Medieval Britain: The Katherine Group and Its Manuscripts”


2015 Pamela Greig, The University of Nottingham
A Critical Edition of the Lay Folks’ Catechism