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Fellowship Terms and Applications

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 7, 2015 – May 13, 2016). 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. Awards may also be made for a single term (either September 7, 2015 – January 2, 2016 or January 18 – May 13, 2016).

Fellowship awards range from an equivalent of approximately $27,000 for an unmarried Junior Fellow to a maximum of $47,000 for a Fellow from abroad accompanied by family members. Support includes a stipend of $15,500 for a Junior Fellow or $28,000 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); $2,100 (if needed) to assist with the cost of bringing and maintaining dependents here; a research expense allowance of $1,000 for the year; lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available economy airfare, 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.

Summer Fellowships

Summer Fellowships are awarded for periods of seven to nine weeks. Fellows may choose from one of three terms:

  • June 8 – July 31, 2015 (8 weeks)
  • June 8 – August 7, 2015 (9 weeks)
  • June 22 – August 7, 2015 (7 weeks)

Awards provide a maintenance allowance of $250 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. No housing allowances or dependents' allowances for families are available in the summer.


For non-U.S. citizens, Dumbarton Oaks provides J-1 visas for the term of the Fellowship appointment, as part of our U.S. 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-U.S. citizens are strongly urged to check their prospective visa status for the requested period of the Fellowship prior to submitting an application.


Please read and follow the online instructions. Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by November 1, 2014. Junior Fellowship applicants only must have their university registrar send an official transcript of their graduate record directly to Dumbarton Oaks postmarked by November 1, 2014. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Late applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced in February 2015 and must be accepted by March 15 of that year. External committees of scholars in the three fields decide the awards. Individuals currently affiliated with Dumbarton Oaks are not eligible for the fellowship program.


If you have any questions related to the Fellowship Program, please contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator at

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