Newberry Library Programs

Both our students and our faculty are greatly assisted in their research goals by our affiliation with the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library, which allows us to participate in programs both at the Newberry Library in Chicago and raises UNL’s national profile as a premier research institution.

Newberry Library Graduate Programs


Graduate students in the program are invited to give papers as part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lecture Series. These presentations allow students to present their research in a friendly enviorment while getting feedback from faculty and students.

Travel Funding

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is offering its first annual $1000 dissertation fellowship, intended to support research including traveling to archives or other costs associated with completing the dissertation. To be eligible, students must have passed their Ph.D. comprehensive exams at the time of application. The deadline for applications is February 25, 2014. Please e-mail completed applications to Carole Levin [] who will then distribute them to the awards committee.

A completed application includes the following:

  • a 500-word description of the proposed dissertation, including specific information about the nature of the project, its current status, how much has been accomplished with a chronology for completion, and a rationale for the project in terms of its contribution to the discipline.
  • a statement of  how the award will support the dissertation, and specifics about how the funds will be used, what archives need to be visited, or other uses for the award that would enhance the quality of the dissertation and aid its completion.
  • a curriculum vitae.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies is also offering a $500 for Paul A. Olsen travel award, named for the founder of the program, for international travel [beyond North America] to archives for research or to present a paper at a scholarly conference.  To apply for this award please write a description of the travel and its value to your research project. If it is for use to present at a conference, please include information about the conference and a copy of the acceptance of the paper.  This is a rolling deadline. Please request funds at least four weeks prior to travel.

For information regarding library consortium grants, presenting as part of the lecture series, or travel funding, contact Program Director Carole Levin for details. 

UNL student Eder Jaramillo (far left) examines a manuscript Book of Hours at a Newberry Library workshop. 
(photo courtesy of the Newberry)