This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. The institute will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home. Students will become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late-medieval and early-modern period.
Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.
Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught entirely in French; advanced language skills are required.
Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,275; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to cover travel and lodging expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.
Deadline: All applications must be received by March 1. We will notify all applicants by April 1 whether they have been accepted as a participant, placed on an alternate list, or declined. Invited participants will have until April 15 to confirm their place in the institute.
Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography, or check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
The application deadline is March 1.
To apply, click on “2018 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography” and create a SlideRoom account. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Program Manager Andrew Epps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application should include:
1. An essay of no more than 500 words that
- describes in detail how the institute training pertains to your research, teaching, and/or professional interests;
- details your past experience and training in using primary source materials; and
- describes your level of fluency in speaking and reading French, especially if your discipline is not French literature. Note that the institute will be conducted entirely in French; advanced languages skills are required.
2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than three pages
3. One letter of reference. The letter must address the substance of the applicant’s research plans. For graduate students, it must also assess his or her skill in French. Note that once you create a SlideRoom account, your referree will receive a personal link where they can upload their letter of reference.