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Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residencies


Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residencies for advanced graduate students who are preparing for their PhD general exams, writing their doctoral dissertations, or expecting relevant final degrees in the field of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape studies. Students who need access to the fieldwork and photo collections or to the Rare Book Room, or who wish to examine museum objects are particularly encouraged to apply.

Each residency provides two to four weeks of free accommodation and free lunches on weekdays. In addition, a Reader badge for access to the Library will be issued for the period of the residency. Please note, however, that accommodations are available only to the individuals who have been awarded a pre-doctoral residency; we cannot accommodate companions. 

Successful applicants for residencies will be eligible to apply a second time before they receive their PhD degrees. The award of a residency does not preclude a subsequent award of a junior or a regular fellowship or a One-Month Research Stipend.

The number of residencies that can be awarded will depend on space availability. 


Application Procedure

Applicants must send the following to the appropriate Director of Studies and subject librarian, at least 60 days before the preferred residency dates:

1. Letter of Request. Specify:

  • the desired period of stay (with alternatives, if possible);
  • the purpose of the visit (e.g. to read for general exams or to research a dissertation)

2. A brief curriculum vitae. List:

  • address and telephone number;
  • U.S. Social Security number;
  • education, awards and honors;
  • present and past positions, if applicable'
  • publication, papers read, field research, etc.;
  • a statement about language competences

3. In addition, applicants must have their academic advisor send a letter of recommendation directly to the appropriate Director of Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

The three programs (Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, Pre-Columbian) offer residential fellowships during the summer and academic year. One-Month Research Stipends are also available.

Please send all required materials to:

Director of [Byzantine, Pre-Columbian,
Garden and Landscape] Studies
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Director of the Library
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

or digital copies to:

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