Medievalist graduate students seldom have the opportunity to apply for jobs in medieval centers. Any Ph.D. project dealing with the medieval world, however, requires knowledge of more than one discipline, and most such projects require specialist knowledge seldom taught in individual departments. The interdisciplinary nature of the field is widely recognized by hiring committees, while department promotion committees sometimes make publication in the field's premier journal, Speculum, published by the Medieval Academy, almost a condition of tenure.
The Committee on Medieval Studies offers a Ph.D. secondary field in Medieval Studies. In addition, the Committee administers a Special Program in Byzantine Studies, which allows students to earn a Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies or Byzantine History, Literature, and Art. More information on this program can be found here.