Postgraduate Fellow in Medieval Literature

Position: Postgraduate Fellow in Medieval Literature
Department: Director’s Office
Supervisor: Director
Location: Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, DC, affiliated with Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through its fellowship program, scholarly events, publications, and exhibitions.

The Dumbarton Oaks Postgraduate Fellowships are for recent Harvard College graduates who wish to develop and apply their research and professional skills while gaining experience, building a portfolio of successful projects, and contributing to the humanities. These Fellowships emphasize the development of foundational and specific technical skills that enhance the career readiness and employability of liberal arts graduates.

The Postgraduate Fellow in Medieval Literature will work closely with the Director of Dumbarton Oaks, Jan Ziolkowski, who is also the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard, and will assist with research, editorial, and communications tasks relating to such projects as preparing for publication a coedited Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library volume and a Harvard Studies in Medieval Latin volume. The fellow will assist with reviewing and copyediting texts, translations, and introductions, and will gain insight into the broad spectrum of activities related to philology and publications.

Postgraduate Fellowships are one-year appointments (potentially renewable for a second and final year). They carry a stipend of $40,000/annum (less any taxes); a medical insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and a modest research allowance. We offer daily lunch to all fellows in our Refectory. Postgraduate Fellows are responsible for their own housing. The Fellowship year begins in early September 2019.


  • BA in Classics or extensive coursework in Latin with a BA in another humanities department.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


Candidates who have received a Harvard undergraduate degree within the past 3 years are eligible to apply. Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation (preferably as one PDF document) to by March 1. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit work samples and will be contacted for phone interview.