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Project prize 2018


CARMEN, The Worldwide Medieval Network, is pleased to announce the CARMEN Project Prize. This unique award will recognise a project idea in any area of Medieval Studies, which has the potential to advance our understanding of the medieval period or its reception in important and/or innovative ways. Unlike conventional publication prizes, the CARMEN Project Prize seeks to identify the highest-quality academic research at the planning / development stage and to encourage its future progress.

The aims of the CARMEN Project Prize reflect the distinctive mission of CARMEN, The Worldwide Medieval Network, as an international forum for scholars at all levels to exchange ideas, build partnerships and develop collaborative research. CARMEN has successfully developed and fostered several multi-million-Euro international projects; its annual meeting (hosted by a different institution in a different country each year) offers opportunities to develop potential projects through workshops and our research ‘Marketplace’.

Who can enter?

  • Any medievalist at any career stage, from those completing research degrees (PhD / DPhil) to full professors
  • Your project may involve a team (collaborative project ideas are particularly encouraged): you can name team members on the entry form, but should identify a Lead Applicant. Alternatively, you may have a project idea and be in search of partners

What kind of research project is eligible?

  • Your research project can relate to any aspect of Medieval Studies or Medievalism (the later reception of the Middle Ages). Your project can be grounded in any academic discipline or can be multi-disciplinary
  • Your project should not yet have received substantial funding, and should be in the development stage (i.e. not already well advanced)
  • Your idea should be for a project at post-doctoral level (proposals for PhD projects are not eligible)

How will entries be judged?

  • Entries will be judged by a panel of CARMEN Executive Committee members, together with a representative of one of CARMEN’s Affiliated Member Organisations
  • Project ideas will be judged on their quality, significance and innovation, and potential to transform or advance scholarship within Medieval Studies

Other features which may be considered include:
- Collaborative or team-led approaches
- The project’s use of inter-disciplinary approaches or perspectives
- Clear, realistic project aims and objectives
- Ways in which the project may resonate with societal concerns or cultural debates today; potential for impacts beyond academia
- The career stage of the Lead Applicant and the career-development potential of the project 

What does the winner of the CARMEN Project Prize get?

The Prize primarily offers prestige and recognition amongst the widest possibly community of scholars in Medieval Studies, but also includes:

  • Recognition of the project’s quality and potential (including a written citation) – valuable if the project goes on to seek funding or participants
  • Public prize presentation at the CARMEN Annual Meeting; publicity and opportunities to showcase your project idea
    • Bursary of up to €350 to attend the CARMEN Annual Meeting to workshop ideas
    • Expert mentoring from CARMEN members and senior medievalists at CARMEN Affiliated Member Organisations

Application can be downloaded here