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Since 1940 Dumbarton Oaks has supported scholarship in the Humanities through its fellowships and grants, library and special collections, and publications. More than 2,000 awarded researchers have advanced their projects in the areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, urban landscape design, and Plant Humanities.

Studies Programs

Funding Opportunities

Support comes in many forms through a variety of our programs, tailored to fit the individual needs of senior scholars, midcareer researchers, dissertation writers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

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Fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study, as well as in urban landscape studies and plant humanities, to scholars from around the world.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities, ranging from a two-day symposium to four weeks of research or learning, are available for scholars at all career stages who desire to take advantage of the resources at Dumbarton Oaks.

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Project Grants

Project grants primarily support archaeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

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Library and Special Collections

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

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Harvard Programs

As a research institute affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks cultivates strong ties through support of class visits and scholarly exchanges; faculty sabbaticals; and a variety of academic programs, including the Tyler and Dumbarton Oaks Humanities Fellowships, a Wintersession course, paid summer internships, and awards for travel to Dumbarton Oaks’ annual symposia.

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