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Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies

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Dumbarton Oaks offers a limited number of Short-Term Predoctoral 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. Given the short-term nature of your stay, we are unable to accommodate inter-library loan requests. However we are pleased to note that the general library collections at Dumbarton Oaks contain more than 210,000 items in a variety of formats, while our Rare Book Collection holds more than 10,000 volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, and blueprints. We welcome and encourage you to peruse our holdings in advance via the HOLLIS catalogue found here.

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 predoctoral 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 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 adviser 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. 

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

or digital copies to:

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Important Dates for Fellowships and Grants

February 1: Mellon Fellowship applications due

March 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing June 1 or later)

Early March: Fellowship applicants notified (from previous year’s applications)

June 1: Project Grant reports and receipts due (from previous year’s awards)

June 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing September 1 or later)

By October 1: Project Grant applicants contact Director of Studies to discuss project

October 1: One-Month Research Stipend applications due (for visits commencing January 1 or later)

November 1: Fellowship applications due