The ICMA has initiated a new form of grant for graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation research.  Three grants will be awarded this year, at $3,000 each, to enable a student to travel to Europe (including the Eastern Mediterranean) to visit the monuments or museum objects or manuscripts on which the dissertation will be based.  The grant is designed to cover one month of travel. The ICMA will contact institutions and/or individuals in the area to be visited; these will help the student gain access to the relevant material and aid in other practical matters.

The grant is designed primarily for the student who has finished the preliminary exams, and is in the process of formulating a dissertation topic.  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 what the student would like to see on his/her travels, and how this relates to the proposed thesis topic.

3.  Proposed budget (airfare, lodging, other travel, per diem).

4.  Letter from the thesis advisor, clarifying where the student stands in his/her graduate career, and explaining 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 2018The 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”