The ICMA offers grants for graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation research, enabling beginning scholars to carry out foundational investigations at archives and sites. Winners will be granted $3,000, and if needed, officers of the ICMA will contact institutions and individuals who can help the awardees gain access to relevant material. Three grants are awarded per year, and they are designed to cover one month of travel. 

The grants are primarily for students who have finished preliminary exams, and are in the process of refining dissertation topics. Students who have already submitted a proposal, but are still very early on in the process of their research, may also apply.  

All applicants must be ICMA members.

Applicants must submit:
1.  Outline of the thesis proposal in 800 words or less.

2.  Detailed outline of exactly which sites and/or archives are to be visited, which works will be consulted, and how this research relates to the proposed thesis topic. If you hope to see extremely rare materials or sites with restricted access, please be as clear as possible about contacts with custodians already made.

3.  Proposed budget (airfare, lodging, other travel, per diem). Please be precise and realistic. The total need not add up to $3,000 precisely. The goal is for reviewers to see how you will handle the expenses.

4.  Letter from the thesis advisor, clarifying the student’s preparedness for the research, the significance of the topic, and the relevance of the trip to the thesis.

5.  A curriculum vitae.                  

Upon return, the student will be required to submit a letter and financial report to the ICMA and a narrative to the student section of the Newsletter.

Applications are due by 1 March 2020. The ICMA will announce the winners of the three grants at the Spring Board Meeting in May.

Applicants submit materials here.
Thesis advisor submit letter of recommendation

Email Ryan Frisinger at with any questions.


Aimee Caya
(Case Western University), “Brazen Bodies: the Materiality and Reception of Monumental Brasses in England, 1300-1550”
Erin Kate Grady (University of North Carolina), “O admirandus apium fervor!: Allegory and the Bee in Southern Italian Exultet Scrolls"
Meseret Oldjira (Princeton), “Commemoration and Community: Illuminated Gospel Manuscripts in Monastic Ethiopia, 1280-1350”

Nava Streiter
(Bryn Mawr), “Bodies and Books: Gesture and Posture in Middle Byzantine Manuscripts”
Sam Barber (Cornell), “Imperii decora facies: Palaces and Power in the Early Middle Ages”
Amanda Doviak (University of York), “At Cross Purposes? Sacred and Secular Figural Iconography of the High Cross in the Northern Danelaw, c. 850-1000”

Ariel Fein
(Yale), research on the church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo
Laura Leeker (Ohio State), research on visual programs of fourteenth-century Italian mendicant chapter houses
Arielle Winnik (Bryn Mawr), “Burial Dress and Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Eastern Mediterranean, 900-1400”