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.
3.  Proposed budget (airfare, lodging, other travel, per diem).
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 2019. The ICMA will announce the winners of the three grants at the Spring Board Meeting in May.

Please submit materials as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at


Ariel Fein (Yale), research on the church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo

Laura Leeker (Ohio State Univ), 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”