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The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
The Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall 301
Baltimore, MD 21218

Lawrence Principe

Phone (410) 516-5296
Fax (410) 516-7586

Graduate Opportunities



The Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe announces a new program to provide summer research fellowships to currently enrolled Ph.D. students in the humanities (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences; Institute for the History of Medicine; Peabody Institute DMA students) who are currently working on topics spanning the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods in Europe and European possessions abroad.  Students who will use fellowships in support of the completion of the dissertation prospectus are especially encouraged to apply.  

During the duration of the fellowship period, the selected 2016 Singleton Graduate Fellows must reside in the Baltimore/Washington D.C./Philadelphia area and demonstrate concentrated and productive use of original primary sources—rare books, manuscripts, and archives—in the collections of the Sheridan Libraries (MSEL, the George Peabody Library, the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen), the Historical Collection of the Institute of the History of Medicine at JHU, in addition to other area repositories (the Walters Art Museum, Maryland Historical Society; the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, the Art Research Library/CAVA at the National Gallery of Art; Library Company of Philadelphia, Van Pelt Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences Library, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Library, &c.).  Applications that demonstrate compelling cases for using extensive rare book and concentrated archival collections will be given the highest priority. 

Several fellowships will be awarded at the level of $1,250 per month for a maximum of three months (i.e., 12 weeks), though eligible applicants may apply for shorter periods of funding as well, and may apply in multiple years until they have reached their maximum of three months of Baltimore-area library research funding. No Singleton Summer Fellow may hold any concurrent teaching positions, fellowships, or receive other forms of income from work performed during the fellowship period.  Awarded fellows are generally expected to dedicate a minimum average of 25 hours per week of primary source research throughout the duration of the fellowship period.  Please note that attendance will be monitored and stipends will be adjusted to reflect less concentrated research periods than were outlined in Fellows' original applications.  Periods of work at other area institutions may be arranged in consultation with the designated Fellowship Director, and students will be required to demonstrate evidence of their work, culminating in a Fall 2016 panel presentation by each Fellow jointly sponsored by the Singleton Center and the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center in the Brody Learning Commons.

There is no application form.  Please simply provide (1) an updated Curriculum vitae; (2) an official, up-to-date graduate school transcript; (3) a confidential letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member within your academic department (preferably your primary faculty advisor); and (4) a project proposal no longer than three pages outlining your research topic and a clear description of the specific materials you plan to consult, as well as an explanation of how you expect those collections to support your current research, prospectus, dissertation, &c.  Each proposal statement should be accompanied by an annotated bibliography of specific primary source collections and their locations, including specific titles of rare and unique materials that you intend to consult.  The application due date for all materials, including you letter of support, will be March 15, 2016. No applications will be accepted after that date.  Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Megan Zeller at  All other queries should be directed Dr. Earle Havens, the Fellowship Director, at  Successful applicants will be notified in late March or early April.

Free summer intensive reading-knowledge courses in European languages
Each summer, the School of Arts and Sciences offers intensive courses in European languages to incoming and continuing graduate students. These four-week courses are tailored to developing the reading knowledge that doctoral students require. The courses are suitable for students with no prior experience with the language and those seeking a brush-up. Priority is given to graduate students in the Humanities and humanistic Social Sciences, but others may be accommodated as space permits. Funding is provided by an endowment from the Mellon Foundation. These courses give neither grades nor formal academic credit.
Most years four languages are offered. Due to high demand, French and German are offered every year, while Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish are offered in alternate years (or as demand requires). The courses are scheduled for four weeks, three hours per day. This schedule may be adjusted as instructor and students see fit. 
The courses are scheduled as late in the summer as possible, ending before graduate orientation in late August. This scheduling aims to provide ongoing students as much concentrated time as possible in the early and middle parts of the summer to pursue their own research, as well as to accommodate incoming first-year graduate students who would like to participate, and who on this schedule need to move to Baltimore only a month earlier than otherwise. Typically, the courses begin in the fourth week of July and end in the third week of August. The specific dates and specific language offerings for each summer are announced on this website and through broadcast e-mails sent out to graduate students in the spring.
Any student interested in participating in these courses is requested to send an email (preferably before 31 March) to Lawrence Principe, Director of the Singleton Center ( The email should include, besides your name and department, the language in which you would be interested to enroll. Further information about languages offered, instructors, textbooks, and schedules will be sent to you about 1 April. 
It would be very helpful for graduate students to help the Singleton Center spread the word about these offerings to ensure maximum participation in this important program.