As the holiday season approaches, we hope you will reflect on how the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) has responded to the challenges so many of our community members have faced this past year. We’ve increased our scholarship support and public advocacy, while advancing our mission of publishing the most thoughtful and innovative scholarship in medieval studies. This critical work is made possible only when our community comes together to drive these efforts forward through philanthropy.
We hope we can count on your year-end donation so we can provide even greater support next year for more students and early- and mid-career scholars. Programs that fund travel, research and publication are just a few of the ways we help advance the careers of our members. It goes without saying that this support is even more important now, when so many are balancing competing financial needs.
Your donation supports three key priorities, and you can choose where you’d like to see your donation put to work:
1. Building Endowment to sustain our core mission: Unrestricted donations to our Endowment support research and the publication of the highest-quality scholarship in all disciplines of Medieval Studies, and the wide diffusion of knowledge about the Middle Ages through topical public programing, K-12 webinars, and digital resources.
2. Funds that support Graduate Students, Early Career, Contingent and Unaffiliated scholars: Donations to named Funds support medievalists in greatest need with travel funds for research and participation in conferences, dissertation fellowships, and special publication prizes.
3. MAA Critical Priorities: Donations to our Operating Fund allow us to innovate quickly and respond to new needs and changing circumstances. This year, we are seeking seed funding for an innovative Mentoring Program. Aimed particularly at traditionally underrepresented constituencies, the mentoring program is designed to provide sustained mentorship to help graduate students succeed in their doctoral programs and establish promising careers.
Please help by making a donation so we can continue to strengthen medieval studies and support its scholars in North America and around the world.
Thomas E. A. Dale, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director