The Catholic University of America

Graduate Program in Medieval History


Welcome to The Catholic University of America Graduate Program in Medieval History website. The Department of History offers both a MA and a PhD degree in Medieval History. Please see the Department of History webpage for more information on the program and applying for admission.

In response to student interest, this website aims to bring together information about programs, events, fellowships, conferences, and websites of interest to graduate students in medieval history. It will be updated regularly to reflect new events and programs. Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to Dr. Jennifer Davis at



Professor Katherine L. Jansen, head of the medieval section

Professor Philip Rousseau

Professor Jennifer Davis

Professor Jennifer Paxton

There are many more medievalists on the CUA campus; see also The Center for the Study of Early Christianity and The Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies for further information about medieval studies at CUA.

Graduate Student News:

Please send news about conferences papers given by graduate students, grants won by graduate students, etc. to Dr. Davis.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

History Department Colloquia:

Center for the Study of Early Christianity Events:


Professionalization Workshops:


Medieval Movie (K)night



MBS Lecture Series:



The following fellowships may be of interest to graduate students in medieval history. The list below emphasizes external fellowships to fund travel to European and US research collections, rather than internal fellowships to support graduate study. For more information on funding graduate study at CUA, please see the Department website.

The American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize) (for travel to Rome)

American Association of University Women Fellowships (several fellowships and grants for women graduate students)

American Historical Association (various fellowships available)

American Philosophical Society (offering a number of different fellowship opportunities)

The Camargo Foundation Fellowships (for residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (for dissertations addressing religious or ethical issues)

Chateaubriand Fellowship (for travel to France)

DAAD (for travel to Germany)

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships in Byzantine Studies (for study at Dumbarton Oaks)

Fulbright Fellowships (Institute for International Education) (fellowships to most countries)

Gennadius Library Fellowships in Byzantine Studies (for travel to Greece)

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grants for Research on Venice and the Veneto

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library Heckman Stipends (for study at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, which has its own manuscript collection, as well as digital copies and microfilms of many medieval manuscripts)

Huntington Library Fellowships (for study at the Huntington Library, a manuscript library with particularly extensive holdings in British materials)

The Medieval Academy of America (various fellowships available)

Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowships (for travel to the Newberry Library, a manuscript library in Chicago)

Phi Beta Kappa (the Sibley fellowship given in alternate years for travel to France)

Social Sciences Research Council (for travel to various countries)

Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship (for work at the Vatican Film Library, which contains microfilms of Vatican manuscripts, as well as other manuscript microfilms)

Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

The American Historical Association also maintains an extensive Grants and Fellowships Database. The Database is available only to members; go to [] to join the AHA.

Conferences and Seminars

This list includes some major annual conferences of general interest to medievalists, followed by some more specific meetings and seminars.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting

Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting

International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo

International Medieval Congress, Leeds

Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

Vagantes (largest medieval graduate student conference in the US)

American Numismatics Society, Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics (offered every summer in New York)

Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies

Byzantine Studies Conference

Charles Homer Haskins Society Conference

German Historical Institute Medieval History Seminar

The Medieval Academy maintains an extensive listing of conferences related to medieval studies.

Other Websites of Interest to Medievalists

Medieval Sources On-Line:

Chartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi

Early English Laws

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

The Monumenta Germaniae Historica

Projet Volterra 2: Law and the End of Empire

Pseudo-Isidore Project

Quellen zur Langobardengeschichte

Regesta Imperii

Thesaurus linguae Graecae

Professional Societies:

The American Historical Association

The Medieval Academy of America

Renaissance Society of America

American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain

Association of Ancient Historians

Byzantine Studies Association of North America

The Catholic Historical Association

Charles Homer Haskins Society

Hagiography Society

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

Richard III Society

Society for Italian Historical Studies

The Society for Medieval Archaeology

Other Resources for Medievalists:

De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History

Department of Greek and Latin, CUA, research tools

Dumbarton Oaks



Institute for Medieval Studies, Leeds

The Institute of Cistercian Studies

The International Medieval Sermon Studies Society

The Labyrinth

Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo

The Medieval Review


Regnum Francorum Online

Reti Medievali

The Roman Martyrs Project

The St. Gall Monastery Plan

Société des Bollandistes

Manuscript Libraries and Digital Manuscripts:

Archives nationales, France

Barcelona, Archivo de la Corona de Aragón

Berlin, Staatsbibliothek-Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Bibliothèque nationale de France

British Library

Brussels, Bibliothèque royale

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Digital Scriptorium


Folger Shakespeare Library

The Getty Research Institute

Gotha, Forschungsbibliothek


Hill Museum and Monastic Library

The Huntington Library

Library of Congress

Manuscripta mediaevalia

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The Newberry Library

Oxford, Bodleian Library

Palaeography exercises on-line

St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek

Vatican Film Library at St. Louis University

Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Program Information


There are a number of resources available at CUA and in the DC area to aid students in fulfilling their language requirements. These include:

CUA's Greek and Latin Summer Institute

Department of Agriculture language programs


Alliance Française

In order to arrange language exams, please contact Morgan McDonald at the Counseling Center at

Students can prepare for these examinations (to pass out of a 500-level language class) by consulting these sample exams: French, German, Spanish.

The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame also offers summer language and paleography training.

Program Requirements:

For further information on the requirements of the MA and PhD programs, please see the Graduate Program page on the History Department website.

For information on graduate students grades, see the University policies.