Bill Kent Prato Research Fellowship Applications now open

This fellowship, established in recognition of the Founding Director of the Monash University Prato Centre, normally seeks to support international opportunities for early career Monash research staff and deepen Monash’s research expertise and links in Italy and Europe. In 2011 and 2012 the Bill Kent Prato Fellowship is directed to prospective and enrolled postgraduate researchers with the aim of supporting the building the Medieval and Renaissance research focus at the Monash University Centre at Prato. To this end, three fellowships will be offered to allow three potential/actual postgraduates researchers to  pursue an aspect of their own research whilst in Europe. Fellows would be expected to participate in the annual Monash Prato Medieval and Renaissance Roundtable, 10-11 December 2012 and to present their research either at or alongside that event.

Applications close at 5pm, 11 October 2012, to For the full application form, contact Kathleen Neal.

Support offered

In 2012, the three fellowships will each cover airfares, ground travel and accommodation expenses to a maximum value of $A 3,333.


Eligibility is as follows:

  • Currently enrolled Monash HDR students in the area of medieval and renaissance studies;
  • Currently enrolled honours students/Arts Graduate Diploma students who intend to enrol in an MA or PhD at Monash in the area of medieval and renaissance studies in 2013;
  • People with Monash MA or PhD enrolment pending in the area of medieval and renaissance studies.

Application and Selection

The fellowships will be awarded competitively to applicants who demonstrate their suitability by:

  1. providing an abstract for a 20 minute paper;
  2. outlining any possible publication outcome (e.g. in Eras) aristing from their time in Europe or involvement in the Prato Roundtable (this is desirable, not essential);
  3. demonstrating the benefits for their research in attending the Prato Roundtable;
  4. showing appropriate progress in the case of HDR students.
  5. In addition, applicants must identify benefits to their research of time spent in Europe.

A formal application form is available on request.

The selection committee will consist of the academic committee members of the CMRS with outcomes approved by the DVC Global Engagement (or nominee).

Management and Award Arrangements

The recipient will be reimbursed on the production of original receipts for travel and accommodation directly related to the program approved by the selection committee, and up to the amount awarded for the fellowship. The recipient must follow the university’s travel policy in organising travel under this fellowship.

Fellowship recipients must provide a written report to the Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies within one month of completing the fellowship.