Bursaries and Awards

Each year, the IMC receives many applications for financial support. As part of our commitment to widening participation at the IMC, the IMC Bursary Fund is available to delegates from outside Western Europe, students, independent scholars, pensioners, and unwaged scholars. The bursaries awarded range in value and may cover all or part of the Registration and Programming Fee, accommodation, and meals.

The IMC Bursary deadline is in October of the year before the IMC. To apply, fill in the online IMC Bursary Application Form.

Apply for an IMC Bursary

For the International Medieval Congress 2019, a total of almost £16,000 was awarded. Around 450 applications were received and 75 applicants were awarded bursaries ranging from £100 to £400.

Bursaries were awarded to participants from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Chile,  the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy,  Latvia, Libya, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Kosovo, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

Travel Bursaries from the Templar Heritage Trust – Military Orders, Cistercians, Crusades

We would like to thank the Templar Heritage Trust (THT) for offering three bursaries of £200 each to IMC delegates. THT operates as part of the Charities Aid Foundation and makes a number of grants each year in support of academic research and conservation of historic buildings. THT takes a particular interest in the literary, architectural, and cultural legacy of the medieval Knights Templar and their period in history.

All eligible proposals will be considered for this bursary automatically.

Sieglinde Hartmann Prize for German Language and Literature

Thanks to the generosity of Sieglinde Hartmann, president of the Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft and a long-standing supporter of the IMC, a new prize was instituted for the 2018 Congress. The prize of €250 is awarded for the best abstract for any paper proposal in the field of medieval German language and/or medieval German literature.

All eligible proposals will be considered for this prize automatically.

Contribute to the IMC Bursary Fund

In 2019, nearly £17,000 was distributed to 75 recipients of the IMC Bursary Fund, including students, unwaged and low-waged delegates, and medievalists from regions with less access to research funding. We are extremely grateful to the donors who have already contributed to the IMC Bursary Fund for next year’s Congress and have already received over £1,000 in donations.

If you would like to donate to the IMC Bursary Fund to support marginalised scholars in future years, visit the University of Leeds Online Store and follow the steps below:

  1. Please select Product Catalogue, then Conference & Events Office, then International Medieval Congress Supplementary Items
  2. Follow the link to IMC Bursary and Endowment Fund Donation.

We are also keen to hear from individuals and organisations who would like support scholars. If you are interested in contributing in this way, please get in touch by emailing imc@leeds.ac.uk.

The Institute for Medieval Studies Endowment Fund

The Institute for Medieval Studies received a substantial bequest from a fellow medievalist which enabled us to establish the Leeds Medieval Studies Endowment Fund.

Part of this fund directly contributes to the IMC Bursary Fund, further assisting medievalists in need of financial support to attend the Congress. In addition, it provides scholarships for MA and PhD students in the Institute for Medieval Studies, internship opportunities, and support for other activities in the medieval studies community. If you would like to support either the Bursary Fund or the Leeds Medieval Studies Endowment Fund, please do so using the relevant section of the IMC registration form.

Even small contributions can have a great impact. For further information about leaving a legacy, or other ways of making a donation to the International Medieval Congress and Leeds Medieval Studies, please email legacies@leeds.ac.uk.