Conference Exchange Grant

Conference Exchange Grant

Conference Exchange Grant

Detail image of a medieval manuscript. The Western Michigan University – NUI, Galway Conference Exchange Grant in Medieval Studies provides support for a student enrolled in the master's program in medieval studies to present a twenty-minute paper at Imbas. To be eligible, the student must have completed at least 12 graduate-level credits of coursework in the master's program.

Imbas is an interdisciplinary conference for graduate student scholars hosted annually by the National University of Ireland, Galway. The three-day conference gives students the opportunity to present ongoing work and discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary setting. The conference also features a senior scholar as keynote speaker. Participation in the Imbas conference affords the WMU student the opportunity to submit the paper for consideration for publication in the peer-reviewed Imbas Journal.


Image of an alarm clock. The deadline for applications for the conference exchange grant is September 15 for the coming Imbas conference. Applicants must submit the following to the director of the Medieval Institute:

  • a one-page abstract of the paper proposed to be delivered at the conference
  • a complete copy of the paper proposed to be presented, which may not exceed 12 pages double-spaced
  • a curriculum vitae

Students should keep in mind that the Imbas conference customarily takes place in November, a time of intense activity if one is enrolled in graduate coursework at WMU, and may coincide with American Thanksgiving weekend.

Past Winners of the Conference Exchange Grant

(in reverse chronological order)


Naming the Nobles: A Comparison of Chronicle Sources of the Barons' War and the Revolt of the Castilian Nobles
Jullian M. Bjerke

Journey to the Center of the Ark: Noah as a Bridge through Space and Time in the Holkham Bible Picture Book
Christa Mannen

How Long Did the Cistercians "Live by the Work of Their Hands": Negotiating the Cistercian Ideal of Manual Labour at Cambron Abbey 1148-1331
Benjamin Wright

Reading the Writing on the Walls: Gaze and Ekphrastic Prescription towards a Spiritual Household
Benjamin Ambler

Image of the attendees of the 2011 Imbas conference

Photograph: Imbas 2011


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