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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), and 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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Fellowships and Junior Fellowships

Fellowships in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies are for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in the field and wish to pursue their own research. Junior Research Fellowships are also awarded in these fields for degree candidates who, at the time of application, have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university.

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 14, 2020, to May 7, 2021). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Except for Plant Humanities Fellowships, awards may also be made for a single term (either September 14, 2020, to January 8, 2021, or January 25 to May 7, 2021).

Support includes a stipend of $21,000 for a Junior Fellow or $35,000 for a Fellow for the full academic year; housing (a housing allowance may be offered instead of housing if Dumbarton Oaks is unable to provide accommodations; successful applicants from the greater Washington metropolitan area will not be offered housing); lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available economy airfare or rail travel (or mileage if less than the equivalent economy airfare), up to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel, may be provided for Fellows and Junior Fellows if support cannot be obtained from other sources (such as a Fulbright travel grant). Reimbursement of Visa fees is also provided for Fellows, but not for dependents.

Fellowships are prorated for appointments shorter than the full academic year. Dumbarton Oaks anticipates that sabbatical salary or funds from other sources may supplement awards, particularly to Fellows. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

For junior fellowship applicants, official graduate transcripts must be postmarked by November 1 and mailed to: Manager of Academic Programs, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd Street NW Washington, DC 20007.

 

Summer Fellowships

Summer Fellowships in Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Studies are awarded to scholars at all levels beyond the first year of graduate school. Summer Fellowships are avarded for a period of seven weeks (June 15 to August 7, 2020).

Awards provide a maintenance allowance of $300 per week; housing in a Dumbarton Oaks apartment; lunch on weekdays; the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks; and travel expense reimbursement (not to exceed the lowest available airfare, to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel) if other travel support cannot be obtained.

 

Terms

Please note that five years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and reappointment to a Fellowship. Three years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and appointment to a summer Fellowship; likewise three years must elapse between the end of a summer fellowship and appointment to a Fellowship. Two years must elapse between the end of a Fellowship term and the offer of a One-Month Research Award.

 

Visas

For non-US citizens, Dumbarton Oaks provides J-1 visas for the term of the Fellowship appointment, as part of our US Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program. Please be advised that scholars who have been in the United States with J status within the past 12 months may not qualify for a Dumbarton Oaks J-1 visa unless they were in the United States for a total time of less than six months. These individuals and all other non-US citizens are strongly urged to check their prospective visa status for the requested period of the Fellowship prior to submitting an application.