Iter Graduate Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

In cooperation with Iter Inc., the CRRS offers a fellowship programme for graduate students to work on Iter’s research projects. The fellowships are managed and supervised by Iter, and are funded equally by Iter and participating graduate units within the University of Toronto. In addition to the Iter Fellowships, the CRRS funds a number of Iter research assistantships for students, both undergraduate and graduate, and recent graduates of doctoral programmes.

Candidates for Iter Fellowships and Assistantships should be actively working on any discipline within the period from 400 to 1700, that is, within Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, or Early Modern studies. In addition, they should know one or more European languages other than English and have basic computer skills. Typically, interested graduate students are nominated by their graduate centre or department. For more information see below, or contact the Assistant to the Director.

Iter Inc.
Founded in 1995, Iter is a not-for-profit partnership devoted to the development of online resources for Medieval and Renaissance studies. Iter’s executive currently includes the Medieval Academy of America, the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University, and, at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, the Faculty of Information Studies, and the University of Toronto Library. Iter offers a rapidly growing bibliography of scholarly materials pertaining to the period 400 to 1700 through subscriptions to libraries and research institutions around the world. It also publishes directories, finding lists, and digital texts.

Tenure and title
Fellowships are normally held for 12 months often beginning either in May or, more commonly, in September. Fellowships are renewable. Students who receive a fellowship are designated an Iter Graduate Fellow in the candidate’s academic unit (e.g. Iter Graduate Fellow in Italian Studies).

Selection process
In the Spring, graduate centres and departments forward nominations (including cvs) to the Director of Iter, taking into consideration the recommended profile of candidates which is given below. Iter then contacts the sponsoring academic unit in order to reach a decision which is mutually satisfactory and to make final arrangements. This process concludes with the Fellow signing an agreement with Iter.

Fellowship holders are assigned work which as far as possible is relevant to their graduate studies. In most cases, this entails the reading and analysis of secondary scholarship in their research field. The assignment requires a maximum of 264 hours of work including any training and consultation.

Review process
Iter Graduate Fellows are supervised and reviewed by Iter to ensure that all parties are satisfied. These reviews are important in evaluating the renewal of the fellowship.

Value of the fellowship
Iter and the graduate unit both contribute $2,500 to create fellowships of $5,000 each (including any required benefits). The value of the fellowships is reviewed periodically to ensure that it keeps pace with comparable awards at the University of Toronto.

Profile of candidates
1. Iter welcomes graduate students actively working on any discipline within the period from 400 to 1700, that is, within Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, or Early Modern studies.
2. Reading skills in European languages other than English are particularly helpful. We especially need students who read French, German, Italian, or Spanish fluently. Latin is also an asset.
3. We are looking for students who are self-motivated, disciplined enough to work independently, able to meet deadlines as required by the project, and willing to ask questions when they need help.
4. Students must be available to work on the St. George Campus, University of Toronto.
5. Applicants must have accurate word processing skills and be attentive to detail.
6. Applicants must have an active e-mail account and be willing to use it to communicate with the project supervisors.
7. Centres and departments should take into consideration that it is in the best interest of Iter’s research projects that the fellowships be renewed.

Contact information
Representatives of graduate centres and departments interested in collaborating with Iter on this fellowship program should contact:

Professor William R. Bowen, Director of Iter
c/o Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies,
Victoria University in the University of Toronto,
71 Queen’s Park Crescent East,
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada M5S 1K7
416 585-4461