This fellowship was established by Professor Courtenay, an internationally renowned scholar of medieval European intellectual and university history. He joined the Department of History in 1966 and received his Ph.D. at Harvard the following year. He served as History Department Chair in 1985-1988, chaired the Classics Department in 1999-2001, and held the C. H. Haskins (WARF) Professorship from 1988 and a Hilldale Professorship from 1998 until he became Professor emeritus in 2008. Among his many honors, he is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Historical Society, and the British Academy.
As a Festschrift published in his honor in 2017 notes: “For more than a half century, William J. Courtenay has been opening up new avenues in the exploration of later-medieval intellectual and university history. He has also trained several generations of scholars who are themselves active researchers, and some of his students have had students of their own.”
The William J. Courtenay Fellowship is intended to attract and support outstanding Ph.D. candidates who wish to study Medieval History.
Courtenay Fellows in Medieval History