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Fellowships and Awards

“The distinction of the scholars themselves as well as of their writings; the interpretation of the texts and the arts; the quality of the music performed; the free discussion within the limits of good deportment, and the whole tempered by the serenity of open spaces and ancient trees; all these are as integral a part of Humanism at Dumbarton Oaks as are the Library and the Collections.”
Mildred Barnes Bliss

The Dumbarton Oaks fellowship program began in 1940 with a cohort of five junior Byzantinists, its mission to facilitate, disseminate, and advance research in the Humanities. Today, and with this same aim, our programs award over 150 appointments annually in the expanded fields of Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies. Residential fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study to scholars from around the world. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks offers one-month nonresidential awards to researchers and short-term predoctoral residencies to advanced graduate students. A program of project grants primarily supports archaeological research, as well as materials analysis and photographic surveys of objects and monuments. Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory.


“Books, gardens and material culture at the Museum; what else could a humanist ask for? Good conversation, interesting scholars, and most of all, diverse friends.”

—Dumbarton Oaks Fellow, 2019



Eligibility

Dumbarton Oaks welcomes applicants at all scholarly stages from across the globe. Please visit individual award pages for more information on appointments, amenities, terms, and visas.

Scholars with a terminal degree (e.g., PhD or MLA) are eligible for Fellowships, Summer Fellowships, Mellon History Teaching Fellowships in Landscape Studies, One-Month Research Awards, Project Grants, Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies, Plant Humanities Fellowships, and select summer schools and workshops.

Currently enrolled graduate students are eligible for Juniors Fellowships (post-generals PhD), Plant Humanities Fellowships (post-generals PhD or third-year MLA), Summer Fellowships, Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies, travel awards to symposia, and select summer schools and workshops.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible for travel awards to symposia and select summer schools and workshops.


Long-Term Opportunities

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks.

Research Fellowships

Available to Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships) or to degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships). Both categories are awarded for an academic year or semester. Summer Fellowships are available to Byzantine and Pre-Columbian scholars beyond the first year of graduate school. Apply by November 1.

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Plant Humanities Fellowships

Available to advanced graduate (post-generals or third-year MLA) and recent graduate (PhD or MLA) students. Provide nine months of research and professional development opportunities for early-career scholars who wish to build their skills in the use and integration of digital tools and special collections into their future research and teaching. Awards are for an academic year. Apply by November 1.

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Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies

Available to cross-disciplinary scholars, with preference for candidates with terminal degrees (PhD or MLA). Awards are for a semester or summer. Apply by November 1.

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Mellon History Teaching Fellowships in Landscape Studies

Available to current faculty position holders in universities or other secondary educational institutions. Provide an opportunity to focus on landscape history pedagogy through the development of syllabi or course materials. Awards are for a semester or summer. Apply by November 1.

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Short-Term Opportunities

Several opportunities are available for students scholars at all career stages who desire to take advantage of the resources at Dumbarton Oaks for periods shorter than an academic year or semester.

One-Month Research Awards

Available to scholars with a terminal degree and provide $3,000 in funding. Apply by October 1 (for January 15–June 30 award periods) or March 1 (for July 1–December 20 award periods).

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Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies

Available to advanced graduate students preparing for general exams, writing dissertations, or expecting final degrees. Awards are for 2–4 weeks and provide accommodation and library access. Apply by 60 days before requested residency.

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Symposium Travel Awards for Students

Available to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to attend Dumbarton Oaks’ annual symposia in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Apply by January 31 (Byzantine), March 15 (Garden and Landscape), or August 1 (Pre-Columbian).

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Summer Fellowships

Fellowships for the summer term are available for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Urban Landscape researchers. See Research Fellowships, Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies, and Mellon History Teaching Fellowships in Landscape Studies for further details. Apply by November 1.


Summer Schools and Workshops

Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory. Past opportunities have included the Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, the Plant Humanities Summer Program, and summer schools in Byzantine Greek, Syriac and Coptic, and Byzantine coins and seals. Opportunities will be posted in the fall.



Project Grants

Available to cover direct costs of scholarly projects in the areas of study Dumbarton Oaks supports. Restrictions vary by program. Grants provide $3,000–10,000 in reimbursement upon submission of receipts. Apply by November 1.

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