Monthly Archives: January 2015

TMJ Essay Prize

SAIMS invites entries for its annual Essay Competition, submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS (

2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition.

3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

4. Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.

5. The submission should be in the English language.

6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.

7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full bibliography of works cited, following the guidelines on the TMJ webpage. An abstract of 200 words should preface the main text.

8. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2015.

9. The essay must be submitted electronically to, in both Word and pdf formats, to arrive by the deadline.

10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet and signed declaration; the template for this is available here. The candidate’s name should not appear on the submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.

11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of The Mediaeval Journal, who can, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, award an Essay Prize and in addition declare a proxime accessit. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no prize will be awarded.

12. The value of the Prize is £500.

13. A candidate whose entry is declared proxime accessit will be awarded £100.

14. In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

Please direct any queries to the Director of SAIMS (

Mediaeval St Andrews App

We are pleased to announce that the new Mediaeval St Andrews App, developed by several SAIMS researchers alongside members of the School of Computer Science is now available for Apple (iPad/iPhone) and on android.

The free app brings together a range of resources, research, films, audio interviews, images of objects and 3D digital reconstructions of 22 key sites of the medieval town, including brand new reconstructions of the Tolbooth, the West Port, StAndrews Castle and St Salvator’s College. The previous work of the Open Virtual Worlds group on St Andrews Cathedral is also included. It benefits from substantial donations from the National Library of Scotland, Historic Scotland, the University of StAndrews, Fife Council and the St Andrews Museum, amongst many others.  It can be used in St Andrews or remotely from anywhere in the world.

If you have an android phone or tablet, you can download the app here or access it directly in your app store.

If you have an iPad or iPhone you can download the iOS app here.

It is possible to get a flavour of the app (but unfortunately without many of the mobile app features) at the website.

The app will be added to and enhanced in future, with research tools, more content and new sites added throughout 2015.


The St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies invites applications for the Donald Bullough Fellowship in Mediaeval History, to be taken up during either semester of the academic year 2015-2016.

The Fellowship is open to any academic in a permanent university post with research interests in mediaeval history. The financial aspect of the fellowship is a subsidy (up to £3000) towards the cost of travel to St Andrews and accommodation during your stay. Previous Fellows have included Dr Christina Pössel, Professor Cynthia Neville, Dr Ross Balzaretti, Dr Marlene Hennessy, Professor Warren Brown, and Dr Edward Coleman. The fellowship is currently held by Professor Richard Kaeuper.

The Fellowship carries with it no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to take part in the normal seminar life of the mediaeval historians during their stay in St Andrews. Weekly seminars, held on a Monday evening, run from September–December, and February–May. You will also be invited to lead a workshop on your chosen research theme during your stay. Fellows are provided with computing facilities and an office alongside the mediaeval historians in the Institute. The university library has an excellent collection for mediaeval historians.

You should send a letter of application by the advertised closing date, together with a scheme of research for the project on which you will be engaged during your time in St Andrews.  You should also enclose a CV, together with the names of two academic referees, who should be asked to write by the closing date. All correspondence should be addressed to

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2015.

Further enquiries may be addressed to the Co-Director, Dr James Palmer ( or to colleagues in the Institute, whose contact details may be found on