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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Slater Fellowship

Each academic year, University College in association with IMEMS offers the Slater Fellowship for senior academics from other universities.

The Fellowship is designed to enable the postholder to carry out research in Durham for a period of one term, during which fellows are offered full board and accommodation at University College, with up to £200 available towards travel expenses.

During tenure, fellows are expected to engage in academic work within their subject, to participate fully in the life of the College and the Institute, and to deliver a public lecture or seminar hosted within College and organised jointly with IMEMS. Both the College and IMEMS must be acknowledged in any resulting output form the Fellowship.

Fellows will be entitled to full use of Durham University's Library collections, including the archives and special collections held at Palace Green Library. They will also be able to access the Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library collections as well as others in the region. Limited workspace may be available at IMEMS on request and subject to availability.

IMEMS proposes potential candidates but the final decision rests with the Master of Univeristy College. Informal enquiries should be directed to

How to apply

Applications are now closed, but will reopen next year.

Applicants should submit a CV and a brief summary of what they propose to work on during their time at Durham (maximum one side of A4). They must demonstrate how their proposed research complements or ties in with existing IMEMS research strands, or the research of individual members of the Institute.

Proposals for projects involving Durham staff or postgraduate students and those which are interdisciplinary in nature are particularly welcome. Proposals for research using primary source material in the collections held in Palace Green Library, Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw College Library are also encouraged.


+Professor Faith Wallis

Slater Senior Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (18 April - 19 June 2015)

Professor Faith Wallis is a historian of medieval Europe, specializing in the history of science and medicine. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University and is an affiliate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. 

Professor Wallis is a member of the IMEMS International Advisory Board. During her time as IMEMS Slater Fellow at University College she will work on creating a comprehensive commentary of one of the many jewels in Durham Cathedral's Priory Library collection, MS Hunter 100. 

Read Professor Faith Wallis' end-of-fellowship report

+Keith Busby

Slater Research Fellow at University College, Durham University (6th May - 16th June 2016)

Keith Busby, IMEMS Slater Fellow, is Douglas Kelly Professor Emeritus of Medieval French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has previously taught at the Universities of Utrecht, Leiden, and Oklahoma, and has been Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, Paris, and Museum Fellow at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Among his principal publications are Gauvain in Old French Literature (1980), a translation of the Lais of Marie de France (with Glyn S. Burgess, 1986), a critical edition of Chretien de Troyes's Perceval (1993), and the two-volume Codex and Context (2002). His current scholarly interests include Arthurian romance, medieval multilingualism, and medieval French language and literature outside of France.

Read Keith Busby's end-of-fellowship report.